Go nuts for magnesium

In the first of a new feature on nutrition for older people, Vicky Pennington looks at the role of magnesium in our diets

Magnesium is a hidden gem of a mineral. It is key to helping energy levels and bone health, especially as we age when our bones naturally begin to weaken.

It also helps us process carbohydrates and may play a role in the control of blood sugar levels – possibly helpful for people with type 2 diabetes.

Up to two thirds (66 per cent) of women aged 50 to 64 years may not get sufficient magnesium from their diet, according to research. To make sure you’re getting enough, try introducing more magnesium-rich foods such as nuts, whole grains and leafy green vegetables.

If you need extra help, you may want to consider taking a supplement to support your levels of magnesium. The recommended daily amount for adults is 375mg.

Vicky Pennington is a nutritionist with Boots. Always speak to your pharmacist or GP if you are considering taking a supplement. 

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