Food for Thought – Magnesium and Men’s Health

Magnesium and Men Food for Thought

Magnesium Matters

Magnesium in foods

In the realm of men's health, there's a quiet hero often overlooked: magnesium.

This unsung mineral plays a crucial role in over 300 bodily processes, impacting everything from muscle function to heart health. While it's essential for everyone, men, in particular, can reap significant benefits from ensuring an adequate intake of magnesium.

Why Magnesium Matters for Men:

Muscle Function and Strength

Magnesium is vital for muscle function. For men engaged in physical activities, whether it’s hitting the gym or playing sports, maintaining optimal magnesium levels can aid in muscle performance and recovery.

Muscular Strength

Testosterone Production

Testosterone, the primary male sex hormone, is influenced by magnesium levels. Research suggests that magnesium deficiency may be associated with lower testosterone levels, potentially affecting libido, energy levels, and overall vitality.

Testosterone Chemical Formula

Heart Health

Men are statistically more prone to heart-related issues. Magnesium plays a key role in regulating blood pressure and maintaining a steady heartbeat. Adequate magnesium intake can contribute to cardiovascular health, reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Heart Health

Bone Density

Osteoporosis isn’t just a concern for women. Men are also susceptible to bone density loss as they age. Magnesium, along with calcium and vitamin D, supports bone health, aiding in the prevention of fractures and osteoporosis.

Bone Density Scan

Nutrition surveys reveal that men consume only about 80 percent of the recommended 400 milligrams (mg) of magnesium a day. Look to your diet first to help meet your needs. If you fall short, consider a supplement – just make sure to get a product that uses magnesium citrate, the form best absorbed by your body.

Where to Find Magnesium:

Leafy Greens

Spinach, kale, and Swiss chard are excellent sources of magnesium. Incorporating these greens into salads, smoothies, or as side dishes can boost your magnesium intake.

Leafy Greens have Magnesium

Nuts and Seeds

Almonds, cashews, and pumpkin seeds are not only delicious snacks but also rich sources of magnesium. Snack on a handful of nuts or sprinkle seeds over your breakfast cereal for a nutrient-packed start to your day.

Nuts and Seeds have Magnesium


Beans, lentils, and chickpeas are affordable and versatile sources of magnesium. Whether added to soups, salads, or main dishes, legumes provide a significant magnesium boost along with other essential nutrients.

Legumes and Nuts on a plate

Whole Grains

Whole grains like brown rice, quinoa, and oats are not only fiber-rich but also contain magnesium. Swap refined grains for whole grains to enhance your magnesium intake while promoting overall health.

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Fatty fish such as salmon and mackerel offer not only omega-3 fatty acids but also magnesium. Incorporate fish into your diet regularly for a double dose of heart-healthy nutrients.

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– Jon Vredenburg, MBA, RD, CDCES, LD/N, Wellness Manager

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