You know how important calcium and vitamin D are to bone health. But did you know that a host of other vitamins and minerals – including magnesium – play small but vital roles in keeping bones strong?
What’s your RDA (recommended dietary allowance) for calcium?
If you’re an older woman paying even minimal attention to your health, you’ll know that your RDA for calcium is 1,200mg to 1,500mg, with the higher amount recommended for women at risk for osteoporosis.
And what’s your RDA for magnesium?
Ah, that’s tougher, isn’t it? For men over 50, it’s 420mg; and for women over 50, 320mg.
Why is magnesium important? Your bones are about 1% magnesium; and that tiny bit of this important mineral keeps bone crystals from enlarging. The larger your bone crystals, the more brittle your bones, the more likely you are to suffer a fracture. So if you can maintain sufficient levels of magnesium in your bones, you’re helping prevent fractures. In addition, magnesium helps your body absorb calcium – and we know how important that is. (Hamel, 2010)
Next question: do you have any idea how much magnesium you’re getting via a supplement or, more important, in your diet?
Not a clue, right? A typical multivitamin includes 50mg magnesium, about