- 65 mg/day for children ages 1-3
- 110mg/day for children ages 4-8
- 350 mg/day for adults and children ages 9 and up
Magnesium intakes in the US fall well below the recommendation for the majority of non-supplement users. Recently studies have link low magnesium intake to higher risk of diabetes, insulin resistance and other cardiovascular disease risk markers. A recent study tracked men and women for 12 years and found those who consumed the most magnesium (~350 mg per day for women and 450 mg per day for men) from both food and supplements had a 33% lower risk of diabetes and less inflammation markers (both indicators of heart disease) than those consuming between 220-270 mg per day.
The prudent approach is to eat magnesium rich foods (e.g. halibut, nuts, soy beans, spinach, etc.) and take a daily multivitamin mineral supplement that contains no less than 100 mg and no more than 300 mg of magnesium to ensure you hit the daily target without consuming excessive amounts.