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Magnesium deficiency isn't uncommon despite it being widely available in food sources, due to the fact that very few foods are really rich in the mineral.
Research suggests that even a small shortfall in magnesium can have a negative impact on performance. This is unsurprising when you consider the vast number of body functions magnesium supports. Magnesium aids protein synthesis, which is vital for building muscle and for recovery, and plays an important role in strengthening bones (vital for avoiding fractures). It also supports the cardiovascular system, and has been linked with better sleep.
The recommended daily intake of magnesium is 375mg. An intake of levels exceeding 400mg is not recommended as this may cause digestive issues.
It's best to take magnesium at a time of day that you will remember, as it's important to take it on a regular basis. If you are looking to achieve magnesium's reported sleep benefits, it's best you take it in the evening.
Nothing beats a healthy, balanced diet to provide all the nutrients we need. But when this isn’t possible supplements can help. This article isn’t intended to replace
medical advice. Please consult your healthcare professional before trying supplements or herbal medicines.