Magnesium is absolutely essential for the normal functioning of your body. It is actually used in over 300 biochemical reactions, and is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body.
So, what exactly does magnesium do?
Well, it helps to maintain normal muscle and nerve function, it keeps your heart rhythm steady, it is involved in maintaining a healthy immune system, and it is important for keeping your bones strong. It also helps to regulate blood sugar levels and blood pressure, and is involved in energy metabolism and protein synthesis.
The guidelines have recently changed concerning eating peanuts during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Here in the UK, the advice was that peanuts and peanut products may need to be avoided during pregnancy and breastfeeding if your baby was at high risk (i.e. had a parent or sibling with allergic conditions such as hay fever, asthma and/or eczema).
This was precautionary advice, based on the concern that by eating peanuts there may be a transfer through to the developing infant, which could affect whether they would develop a peanut allergy in childhood. Click to read more…