26th February 2018

Why is Magnesium vital?


Magnesium is vital for every major metabolic reaction and few enzymes can work without it, yet one in ten people are deficient.

The average person’s body contains just under 30 grams of Magnesium, but this small amount is vital to a number of bodily functions. Magnesium is easily depleted by poor diet, stress, certain diseases and medications. It can be found naturally in dark, leafy vegetables, beans, nuts, seeds and whole grains though no longer in great quantities as it is arguably one of the most depleted minerals in the soil.

Supplementation therefore may be needed for the maintenance of optimal health. Recent studies indicate that magnesium is beneficial for the prevention and treatment of heart disease. An adequate intake may also help to prevent type 2 diabetes and lower high blood pressure. It is important for maintaining the integrity of body cells, cell division, synthesis of protein and genetic material, and production of energy from glucose.

It is also essential for normal psychological and nerve function. Recommended daily dose is 300mg, best taken with meals to optimise absorption.

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