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What Is Magnesium?

Magnesium is an important mineral that helps with muscle and nerve function. Regulating blood pressure and supports the immune system. The adult body contains around 25 grams of magnesium, 50-60% of which the skeletal system stores while the rest is present in muscle, soft tissues, and bodily fluids.

Magnesium is one of seven essential macrominerals. These macrominerals are minerals that people need to consume at least 100 milligrams per day.

Also Magnesium is vital for many bodily functions. Getting enough of this mineral can help prevent or treat chronic diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease, types 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and migraines.

Doctors have linked magnesium deficiency with a range of health complications, so people should aim to meet their daily recommended levels of magnesium. Furthermore food such as almonds, cashew nuts and spinach contain a high amount of magnesium  in them.

 

Research Evidence On How Magnesium Can Help The Body

General:

A study found that Magnesium is involved in more than 600 reactions in your body including:

  • Energy creation: helps convert food into energy.
  • Protein formation: helps create new proteins from amino acids
  • Gene maintenance: helps create and repair DNA and RNA.
  • Muscle Movements: is part of contraction and relaxation of muscles.
  • Nervous system regulation: helps regulate neurotransmitters, which sends messages throughout your brain and nervous system

Exercise:

Research has found  magnesium helps move blood sugar into your muscles and dispose of lactate, which build up during exercise and cause fatigue.

Depression:

Supplementing magnesium has a high possibility of reducing the symptoms of depression.

Diabetes:

A study found that people with types 2 diabetes taking high doses of magnesium each day experienced significant improvements in blood sugar and hemoglobin A1c levels, compared to a control group.

Blood Pressure:

Magnesium can lower blood pressure in people with high blood pressure but has no effect on people with normal blood pressure levels.

Symptoms Of Magnesium Deficiency

Mild Symptoms:

  • A loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fatigue

Advanced/Severe Symptoms:

  • Muscle cramps
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Seizures
  • Personality changes
  • Heart rhythm changes or spasms