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SHOULD I TAKE MAG­NE­SIUM SUP­PLE­MENTS?

Men's Health (Singapore) - - NUTRITION - Thomas Rachel Ng is a di­eti­cian at Gle­nea­gles Hos­pi­tal.

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.

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