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All you need to know about magnesium:

Feb 3, 2020

Magnesium is an essential mineral, found in a variety of food groups including green vegetables, legumes, nuts and some shellfish1. Most people get enough magnesium from consuming a varied diet, however some individuals including those with a low appetite may struggle to consume adequate amounts. Additionally, according to a survey conducted between 2011-2012 investigating dietary intakes of people living in Australia, 46.5% of males and 30.6% of females aged 51-70 years did not meet their daily magnesium requirements, which increased to 63.9% of males and 48.5% females aged over 70 years2.

Why do we need magnesium?

Magnesium is required for:

  • Normal energy metabolism
  • Helps reduce tiredness and fatigue
  • Helps support healthy muscle function
  • Maintaining strong teeth and bones

What are the signs of magnesium deficiency1?

Magnesium deficiency may cause:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Pins and needles
  • Muscle spasms
  • Fatigue

Did you know? Sustagen® Hospital Formula Active provides up to 30% of your recommended dietary intake per serve 3?

Speak to your healthcare professional to see if Sustagen® Hospital Formula Active is right for you and how it can help you meet your nutritional needs.


1 Health Direct. 2019. Magnesium. Retrieved on 07/01/2020 from

2 Australian Bureau of Statistics. Australian Health Survey: Usual Intakes, 2011-12. Retrieved on 07/01/2020 from

3 FSANZ Standard 1.1.2-10, Schedule 1 RDIs and ESADDIs. 2018. Retrieved on 21/01/20 from

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