Magnesium reduces women’s risk of heart attacks and bone fractures as they go through the menopause, yet 11 per cent are lacking in this vital nutrient.
As well as hot flushes, women suffer fluctuating hormones levels in mid-life, putting them at risk of heart disease and bone fractures.
Despite magnesium supporting heart and bone health, as many as 11 per cent of menopausal women miss out on the nutrient’s health benefits, according to the UK Government’s National Diet and Nutrition Survey.
This is thought to be due to women undergoing restrictive diets to counter mid-life weight gain or simply not eating enough magnesium-rich pulses, nuts and green vegetables.
As well as risking long-term health complications, such women are also missing out on magnesium’s sleep-inducing and mood-boosting effects.
In a piece for Get The Gloss, London-based registered nutritionist Rob Hobson explains how simply swapping rice for quinoa or throwing a handful of spinach in a smoothie could support women through the menopause.