The magnesium Recommended Daily Intake Dubai Health Authority

Recommended magnesium intake

The recommended daily magnesium intake is a guideline determined by the Health Council that indicates how much magnesium we need on average per day in order to remain healthy. The magnesium intake differs from men to women:

Women: 250-300 mg/day (NB: 50 mg more for breastfeeding women)

Men: 300-350 mg/day

Actual individual requirements depend on personal factors and lifestyle. Excess magnesium is immediately expelled by the body.

Various studies such as the World Health Organization (WHO) have indicated that up to 80% of adults suffer from chronic magnesium deficiency.

A magnesium deficiency can result in wide-ranging problems.

Estimated Magnesium requirements in Dubai school canteens.

Magnesium requirements in school canteens Dubai Municipality Dubai Health Authority

Magnesium requirement based on age group. Recommended magnesium Intake By: Dubai Municipality – Dubai Health Authority. Source: A Guideline to healthy and nutritious food practices in school canteens.

Recommend magnesium intake (and other nutrients) are provided in the dietary reference intakes developed by the Food and Nutrition Board (FNB)

The recommended magnesium intake is used to plan and assess nutrient intakes of healthy people.

The table below identifies the recommended daily intake or adequate intake of magnesium for adults, infants and children.

Age Male Female
Birth to 6 months (AI) 30 mg 30 mg
7–12 months (AI) 75 mg 75 mg
1–3 years (RDA) 80 mg 80 mg
4–8 years (RDA) 130 mg 130 mg
9–13 years (RDA) 240 mg 240 mg
14–18 years (RDA) 410 mg 360 mg
19–30 years (RDA) 400 mg 310 mg
31–50 years (RDA) 420 mg 320 mg
51+ years (RDA) 420 mg 320 mg

For pregnant women 18 or older, the requirements are increased to 350–360 mg per day.

Summary The recommended daily intake for magnesium for adults is 310–420 mg depending on age and gender.