There are few minerals which attract as much attention as magnesium. Not only does it take part in over 300 biochemical reactions in the body but it also helps maintain normal muscle and nerve function, steady heart rhythm, normal blood pressure, healthy immune system, strong bones and a stable blood sugar level. It also plays a big role in preventing heart disease, diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis and a whole range of other dangerous and debilitating diseases.
Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body. About half of the total body magnesium is found in bones. The other half is found mostly inside cells of body tissues and organs. Only 1% of magnesium is found in the blood where it plays a vital role, so the body works very hard to keep the blood magnesium levels constant.
“… An important participant in enzyme processes which ensure protein biosynthesis and carbohydrate metabolism. It is also very important for the nervous and muscular systems, helps to maintain the healthy tone of the blood vessels. Magnesium is a ‘calming’ element for the nervous system slowing down the brain activity. It expands the blood vessels and is a natural diuretic. Generally, it is vital for all body systems and processes.
An adult requirement in magnesium is 350-500mg per day. Fresh green vegetables, seafood, soybeans, special nutritional yeasts, seeds, apples and whole grains are rich sources.” http://www.traceminerals.com/research/magnesium.html
Magnesium has been found to:
- Stimulate protein/fat metabolism
- Reduce inflammation by lowering the levels of histamine and serotonin (mediators of inflammation)
- Speed up rehabilitation processes in the body
- Increase testosterone levels and sperm production
- Strengthen immunity
- Slow down ageing
- Reduce cholesterol levels in the blood
- Improve the functioning of the musculoskeletal system
- Reduce blood pressure
- Significantly reduce heart disease and mortality
- Lower the incidence of cancers
- Improve the functioning of the Nervous System
- Reduce the effects of stress
- Increase phagocytosis
- Speed up tissue regeneration
- Improve skin condition
- Speed up body metabolism
- Raise energy levels (magnesium is the essential mineral in the production of energy)
- Promote weight loss
It has been proved to be:
- Bactericidal / fungicidal
- Circulation booster
- Immune regulator.
What Happens When We Become Magnesium-Deficient?
Magnesium deficiency is more common than we realise. According to American nutritionists, an average adult needs 200mg more magnesium per day than what is obtained from the diet. The fact is that the dietary magnesium is not sufficient in providing the body with this important mineral. Magnesium deficiency can be explained by a number of factors, with the main reasons being depletion of soil in minerals.
“Early signs of magnesium deficiency include loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and weakness. As magnesium deficiency worsens, numbness, tingling, muscle contractions and cramps, seizures, personality changes, abnormal heart rhythms, and coronary spasms can occur.” http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/magnesium.asp
Magnesium deficiency may also lead to:
- Loss of energy
- Slowing down of metabolism
- Disturbance in calcium and potassium balance in the blood
- High cholesterol level
- Formation of cholesterol plaque
- Kidney and gallbladder stones
- Muscle tension
- Joint pain
- Nervous tension
- Chronic fatigue
- Poor immunity
- Menstrual pain
- Fertility problems.
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