Magnesium

MagnesiumMagnesium is an essential mineral that accounts for about 0.05 percent of the body’s total weight. According to ODS, Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body and is essential to good health. Approximately 50% of total body magnesium is found in bone. The other half is found predominantly inside cells of body tissues and organs. Only 1% of magnesium is found in blood, but the body works very hard to keep blood levels of magnesium constant.

Along with calcium, magnesium an important component of strong, healthy bones. Magnesium is involved in the metabolism of carbohydrates and amino acids. It also plays an important role in neuro-muscular contractions and helps regulate the acid-alkaline balance in the body.

Magnesium is usually referred to as a “macromineral,” meaning that our food must provide us with hundreds of milligrams of magnesium every day. Like all minerals, it cannot be made in our body and must therefore be plentiful in our diet in order for us to remain healthy.

Magnesium is essential for the following:

Symptoms of Deficiency:

Recommended Daily Intake: RDA according to UMM

Pediatric

Do not give magnesium supplements to a child without a doctor’ s supervision.

Adult

A person’ s need for magnesium increases during pregnancy, recovery from surgery and illnesses, and athletic training.

Sources rich in Magnesium

Did you know!!

Magnesium Protects against inflammation of your Arteries

Healthy women who consume more magnesium are less prone to inflammation of their arteries. Investigators noted that the higher your level of magnesium was the lower your C-reactive protein (a marker of inflammation) was and the lower your E-selectin (a marker of artery inflammation and function) was. Since oxidative stress and inflammation is the root problem in cardiovascular disease, it is important to have optimal levels of magnesium in your body.

Magnesium intake and plasma concentrations of markers of systemic inflammation and endothelial dysfunction in women.

Am J Clin Nutr. 2007 Apr;85(4):1068-74.

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