The all-rounder magnesium

Why is magnesium so important?

Magnesium is truly versatile. This mineral is involved in almost all body functions: it regulates more than three hundred enzymes and participates in muscle contraction. So it is not surprising that about one third of the body's own magnesium is in the muscles. Magnesium supports the muscles by ensuring that the muscle fibres are tightened and relaxed.

In general, the need for magnesium during pregnancy is not much greater than before. However, because of its versatile functions, it is important to ensure that the body is always supplied with enough magnesium

Good sources of magnesium

Actually, only a few foods contain significant amounts of magnesium. Wheat germs or sunflower seeds are good sources, but they only play a minor role in daily nutrition. In general, you should favor wholemeal products over white flour. Beans also contribute to magnesium supply.

Some mineral waters are a good source of magnesium. It is worth taking a closer look at the label. A magnesium content of 100 mg per liter is ideal.

Deficiency symptoms

A deficiency will have painful consequences, mostly during the night: the infamous cramp. This can be remedied by an intake of magnesium. Early warning signs: when you feel pins and needles in your hands and feet, this could be due to magnesium deficiency.

Symptoms of a high magnesium deficiency may be nervousness, forgetfulness and dizziness. In extreme cases premature contractions may occur (around the 30th week), because the womb muscles tense up. Ensure a sufficient magnesium intake in your diet. Always consult your doctor in the event of any problems!