6 Reasons Women Need Magnesium
Jun 14, 2013 (updated May 20, 2014)
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Magnesium is essential to many functions in the body, from relaxing muscles to creating our main energy molecule, ATP. Although it’s important for both men and women, magnesium plays a few extra roles in a woman’s body.
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When you're pregnant, magnesium helps build and repair your body's tissues. A severe deficiency during pregnancy may lead to preeclampsia, poor fetal growth, and even infant mortality. Pregnant women 19 to 30 years of age should try to consume 350 mg of magnesium daily.
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Regulates blood pressure
Magnesium has been shown to play a key role in regulating high blood pressure naturally. The potent mineral helps dilate blood vessels, prevent spasms in your heart muscle and blood vessel walls, and dissolve blood clots. The Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences recommends that women who are 31 years or older receive a dietary intake of magnesium of about 320 mg.
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Even though calcium and vitamin D get most of the spotlight in supporting bone health, some evidence suggests that magnesium deficiency may be an additional risk factor for postmenopausal osteoporosis. This may be due to the fact that magnesium deficiency alters calcium metabolism and the hormones that regulate calcium.
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Reduces symptoms of PMS
A double-blind, placebo-controlled study of 32 women found that magnesium taken from day 15 of the menstrual cycle to the onset of menstrual flow could significantly improve PMS symptoms, specifically mood changes.
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Relieves pregnancy-induced leg cramps
Pregnant women frequently experience painful leg cramping. Another double-blind trial of 73 pregnant women found that three weeks of magnesium supplements significantly reduced leg cramps as compared to placebo.
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People with migraines often have lower levels of magnesium than people who do not, and several studies suggest that magnesium may reduce the frequency of migraine attacks. In one study, people who took magnesium reduced the frequency of attacks by 41.6 percent.