The 4th Most Abundant Mineral in your Body.
Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the human body and is involved in hundreds of biochemical reactions in your body. This mineral is found in the earth, sea, plants, animals and humans. In your body, around 60% of the magnesium is found in your bones, while the remainder exists in your muscles, soft tissues and blood.
In fact, every cell in your body contains magnesium and requires it to function. One of magnesium's main roles in your body is to act as a cofactor in biochemical reactions.
Magnesium is involved in more than 600 reactions in your body, including:
· Energy creation: Helping to convert food into energy used in your body.
· Protein formation: Helping to create new proteins from amino acids.
· Gene maintenance: Helping to create and repair DNA and RNA.
· Muscle movements: Magnesium plays a role during the contraction and relaxation of muscles.
· Nervous system regulation: Helping to regulate neurotransmitters
Magnesium also plays a role in exercise performance. Magnesium helps your body move blood sugar into your muscles and dispose of lactic acid. If too much lactic acid builds up in your muscles during exercise you may feel pain for discomfort. Additionally, magnesium may also benefit people with type 2 diabetes by helping offset insulin resistance. Magnesium has been shown to help lower blood pressure in individuals with elevated blood pressure.
Magnesium is essential for good health. The recommended daily intake is 400–420 mg per day for men and 310–320 mg per day for women. Fortunately, magnesium is in a wide variety of foods and readily available through a balanced diet. Click here for a list of foods that are a great source of magnesium. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/10-foods-high-in-magnesium
Denise Boyd, BSc, Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RNH) with a specialization in Cognitive and Immune Support.