Magnesium is a mineral that helps:
turn the food we eat into energy
make sure the parathyroid glands, which produce hormones important for bone health, work normally
Good sources of magnesium
Magnesium is found in a wide variety of foods, including:
green leafy vegetables – such as spinach
bread (especially wholegrain)
How much magnesium do I need?
The amount of magnesium you need is:
300mg a day for men (19-64 years)
270mg a day for women (19-64 years)
You should be able to get all the magnesium you need from your daily diet.
What happens if I take too much magnesium?
Taking high doses of magnesium (more than 400mg) for a short time can cause diarrhoea.
There's not enough evidence to say what the effects might be of taking high doses of magnesium for a long time.
What does the Department of Health advise?
You should be able to get all the magnesium you need by eating a varied and balanced diet. If you take magnesium supplements, don't take too much as this could be harmful.
Having 400mg or less a day of magnesium from supplements is unlikely to cause any harm.....