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Magnesium: The Overlooked Mineral

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Why Is This Often Overlooked Mineral Is So Important For Your Health?
Magnesium is one of the most essential elements in the human body, but its importance is often overshadowed by the much more well-known calcium. But what many don't know is that calcium cannot function at all without sufficient magnesium levels in the body. Magnesium not only allows calcium to be properly absorbed and utilized by the body, but it also works as an equal partner in many processes that are often attributed to calcium alone, like building strong bones and teeth. Magnesium is an enzyme co-factor in over 300 important metabolic processes in the body. Here are some of the many important functions of magnesium:
  • Regulating body temperature
  • Enabling nerve impulse conduction
  • Maintaining normal hearth rhythm
  • Maintaining normal muscle function
  • Maintaining good bone density and strong teeth
  • Enabling absorption and utilization of calcium
  • Synthesizing and storing ATP, the body's primary energy source
Lesser known is magnesium's role in the blood glucose and insulin cycle. In one study, when participants were placed on a magnesium-deficient diet, their insulin became less effective at getting sugar from the blood into the cells, where it is burned for energy or stored as fuel. They became more insulin-resistant. Insulin allows magnesium to be transported from our blood into our cells for use and storage, but if our cells become insulin-resistant, the body cannot properly utilize magnesium and it gets excreted through the urine.

Magnesium Deficiencies
Blood serum level tests are not an adequate measure of the amount of magnesium in the body as less than 1% is found in blood serum. The majority of magnesium in the body is found inside cells or in bone. There is currently no comprehensive test for magnesium levels in specific tissues. Excess magnesium in the body is naturally excreted by the kidneys in the urine. But certain conditions like insulin resistance, high amounts of glucose in the kidneys, and excessive alcohol consumption can cause increases in urinary magnesium excretion leading to a deficiency. In addition, malabsorption problems associated with gastrointestinal diseases such Crohn's disease can also lead to magnesium deficiencies. Symptoms of severe magnesium deficiency include:
Dietary Sources of Magnesium
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Spinach
  • Swiss chard
  • Sesame seeds
  • Halibut
  • Black beans
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Cashews
  • Almonds
More Information:
Essense of Life Magnesium Health Topic
The Role of Magnesium in Fibromyalgia
Magnesium: A Key to Calcium Absorption
Magnesium Fact Sheet for Health Professionals
Magnesium Metabolism and its Disorders
The Insulin Magnesium Story
Why Magnesium is Important & How It Works






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