What Magnesium Does in the Body

Wednesday, 10 Nov 2010 12:35 PM

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Magnesium is stored in the human body and is needed for the formation of enzymes that release energy from food. Approximately 50 percent of the body’s magnesium is stored in the bones, and the other half is inside the cells of body tissues and organs.
 
Magnesium helps the body in the following ways:
  • It maintains normal muscle and nerve function
  • It keeps the heart rhythm steady
  • It helps improve degenerative conditions
  • It supports the immune system
  • It keeps bones and teeth strong and helps in the absorption of potassium and calcium
  • It helps regulate blood sugar levels
  • It helps keep pressure normal
  • With other minerals like calcium, sodium, and potassium, magnesium helps maintain fluid and electrolyte balance in the body
  • It helps prevent heart attacks and prevents arrhythmia after cardiac surgery
  • It helps synthesize nucleic acids and proteins
  • It acts as an anti-diuretic
  • Magnesium is useful in conditions like high blood pressure Magnesium relaxes the blood vessels
  • It is helpful when the blood flow in the arteries needs to be regulated.
  • It is essential when the nerves need to be relaxed
  • It helps fight depression
  • It provides relief from indigestion
  • It plays an important role in muscular activities
  • Magnesium is recommended for conditions like dizziness, muscle twitching, and pre-menstrual syndrome
  • Magnesium helps prevent the increase and build-up of cholesterol.
Magnesium deficiency is commonly found in the elderly, pregnant women, and alcoholics. Slight deficiencies can cause nausea, insomnia, nervousness, anxiety, loss of bone density, and even hyperactivity in children. If the magnesium levels in the body go down, you may be at an increased risk of heart attack and kidney failure. Adequate intake of magnesium is very important. Evidence suggests that low magnesium levels in the body can lead to an abnormal heart rate.
 

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