10 Magnesium Facts

Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body. It has been recognized as a cofactor for more than 300 enzymatic reactions. But how much do you really know about magnesium? Here are 10 magnesium facts that may add some appreciation to this mineral’s role in your health.

Magnesium is

1. Crucial to adenosine triphosphate (ATP) metabolism. ATP is the body’s energy currency.

2. Required for DNA and RNA synthesis, reproduction and protein synthesis. DNA contains the cell’s genetic blueprint. RNA carries out these instructions and offers feedback to DNA to make necessary changes. Both DNA and RNA are made from proteins and the body can’t synthesize proteins from peptides and amino acids without magnesium.

3. Essential for the regulation of muscular contractions; have you ever experienced muscle spasms in your calves? It’s from magnesium loss.

4. Necessary for healthy blood pressure. Magnesium levels can be directly correlated with healthy blood pressure.

5. Instrumental in insulin metabolism. Your body’s muscles can’t take up sugar without insulin whose production is magnesium dependent.

6. Critical to busy executive’s lives. Altogether too many a high powered chief exec has fallen prey to a heart attack from atrial fibrillation. Deficiency of magnesium caused by stress is a big killer.

7. Needed by the body for keeping calcium in the bones where it is needed.

8. Deficient in nearly one-half of all American adults’ diets, reports the US NHANES 2005–2006 survey.

9. Associated with an increased risk of Alzheimer’s, osteoporosis and depression when deficient in the diet.

10. The mineral whose intake is the fine line between inflammation and oxidative stress and the aging process and many age-related diseases.

Uwe Gröber, Joachim Schmidt, and Klaus Kisters Magnesium in Prevention and Therapy Nutrients. 2015 Sep; 7(9): 8199–8226. Published online 2015 Sep 23. doi: 10.3390/nu7095388 PMCID: PMC4586582
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