The all-rounder magnesium

Why is magnesium so important?

Magnesium is a true all-rounder. This mineral plays a role in almost all bodily functions. It regulates more than 300 enzymes and is involved in the contraction of muscles. So it is no wonder that around one-third of the body’s own magnesium is in muscles. Magnesium supports the muscles by making sure that the muscle fibres contract and relax.

In general, the requirements of magnesium are not significantly higher during pregnancy than before. Nevertheless, due to its many functions, you should ensure a constant intake of magnesium.

Good sources of magnesium

Actually, only a few foods contain significant amounts of magnesium. Wheat germ or sunflower seeds are good sources, but they only play a minor role in daily nutrition. In general, you should favour wholemeal products over white flour. Beans also contribute to our body’s magnesium supply.

Some mineral waters are a good source of magnesium. It is worth taking a closer look at the label. A magnesium content of 100mg per litre is ideal.

Deficiency symptoms

A deficiency will have painful consequences, mostly during the night – the infamous cramp. This can be remedied by an intake of magnesium. Early warning signs are when you feel pins and needles in your hands and feet. This could be due to magnesium deficiency.

Symptoms of a high magnesium deficiency may be nervousness, forgetfulness and dizziness. In extreme cases, premature contractions may occur (around the 30th week), because the womb muscles tense up. Ensure a sufficient magnesium intake in your diet. Always consult your doctor in the event of any problems!