Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the human body. About half of it is found in the bones while the other half is predominantly found in the cells, tissues and organs. Ironically, although magnesium is found abundantly in our body with a healthy diet, recent research has shown that magnesium deficiency is becoming increasingly common, with one study showing that more than 50% of the U.S. population does not meet the U.S. recommended daily intake (RDI) for dietary intake of magnesium.
Magnesium is responsible for over 300 biochemical responses in the human body and fuels digestive enzymes, helping the body effectively utilize carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.
Magnesium ions (charged magnesium atoms) play a key role in energy metabolism, nerve conduction, muscle contraction, immune function, bone and tooth formation, and are particularly important to heart and circulatory health.
Nutritional deficiencies of magnesium, calcium, potassium, and zinc are major causes of leg cramps, muscle cramps and aches. Of these minerals magnesium is one of the most important for fighting cramps.
Dietary sources of magnesium include legumes, whole grains, vegetables (especially broccoli, squash, and green leafy vegetables), seeds, and nuts (especially almonds). Other sources include dairy products, meats, chocolate, and coffee. Water with a high mineral content, or “hard” water, is also a source of magnesium.
Magnesium is also used as a laxative for constipation and for preparation of the bowel for surgical or diagnostic procedures. It is also used as an antacid for acid indigestion.
Sources: Trace Mineral Research, Now Foods, Prescriptions for Natural Cures, WebMD
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