Magnesium in potatoes

Magnesium in potatoes

Find out more about the benefits of magnesium, plus explore the magnesium contents of potatoes.

What is magnesium?

This mineral is actually a pretty big deal in and around the body, carrying a lot of duties in its contents such as helping the nervous system to signal and communicate better, assisting cell division processes which occur throughout the whole body and regulating other minerals such as calcium.

Other features this mineral contain on a more basic level include reducing feelings of tiredness and fatigue, increasing energy levels and improving heart health particularly to those experiencing high blood pressure. It has also proved itself useful in alleviating symptoms of insomnia, anxiety, and depression.

How do potatoes help?

Like many other members of the vegetable family, potatoes include a great dose of magnesium in its skin and flesh and is the most commonly consumed version of the nutrient.

How much magnesium can be found in potatoes?

A 175g portion of boiled new potatoes in their skins provides 8% of your NRV (Nutrient Reference Values) of magnesium. You’ll find about 49mg of magnesium in a medium sized potato which is a hefty contribution to the recommended allowance. This recommendation increases with age and differs between genders; at 19-30 years of age 400 mg is recommended to males whilst 310 mg are suggested to females.

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This campaign was originally produced in the framework of a programme co-financed by the European Union