By: Shana Perkins, HHC
Magnesium is a key mineral in human metabolism and plays a key role in your health. Unfortunately the importance of magnesium is not as a common knowledge as it should be and it is estimated that 80% of the population is magnesium deficient.
Magnesium is a cofactor in over 300 enzyme systems that regulate diverse biochemical reactions in the body, including protein synthesis, muscle and nerve function, blood, glucose control, and blood pressure regulation. Adequate magnesium consumption is required for the creation of ATP (energy molecules in the body), proper formation of bones and teeth, action of your heart muscles, proper bowel function, relaxation of blood vessels, and regulation of blood sugar.
This means that a deficiency can cause a wide range of problems. Some signs of a slight deficiency include muscle cramps, migraines,dizziness, and fatigue, while more serious deficiencies can result in fibromyalgia, abnormal heart rhythms, coronary spasms and personality changes.
Magnesium is found in food such as leafy greens, nuts,seeds, whole grains and legumes. While it is important to consume foods that contain magnesium it is still very difficult to get your RDA without supplementation. This is because so many foods today are processed (which strip them of vital nutrients), and our soils are so denatured that they no longer produce food with the vitamin and mineral content they once did.
It is hard to detect a magnesium deficiency because only about 1% of magnesium is located in the blood, making blood tests a poor choice for efficient detection. Most magnesium is actually located in the teeth and bones. In fact calcium and magnesium go hand in hand in the protection of bones, and you should strive to have them in a ratio of 1:1.You need magnesium for the absorption and metabolism of calcium and without the necessary magnesium, all excess calcium will be deposited throughout the body resulting in all kinds of havoc.
When you start consuming magnesium, which is also known as the “relaxation mineral”, all processes in your body will function better and best of all you will start to feel significantly better very quickly. Start getting your needed magnesium today. Most people will require 400-1200 mg a day, making sure to equal their calcium intake. Below is a list of foods that contain magnesium and the amount that they contain. Remember to supplement to fill gaps.
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