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SHOULD I TAKE MAGNESIUM SUPPLEMENTS?
Magnesium is needed for energy production, protein synthesis, muscle and nerve function, and keeps your bones strong and heartbeat regular. However, your usual daily dose of the nutrient should always come from foods such as spinach, legumes, nuts and wholegrain products, which contain other essential nutrients and dietary fibre that you will miss out on if you simply pop a magnesium pill. Deficiency in the mineral is uncommon in healthy individuals, and there’s no health risk in a diet high in magnesium, as any excess will be excreted from your body. But a high dosage from supplements can cause diarrhoea, nausea and abdominal cramps.