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Magnesium Supplements

What is Magnesium?
Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body and is essential to good health. Approximately 50% of total body magnesium is found in bone. Only 1% is found in the blood, about 40% is found in tissue cells.

Magnesium Functions
Magnesium is a mineral that is essential in many of the body's vital functions. Magnesium is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. It helps maintain normal muscle and nerve function. This mineral helps uptake of calcium and potassium, prevents soft tissue calcification. Magnesium supports a healthy immune system, and keeps bones strong. Magnesium also helps regulate blood sugar levels, promotes normal blood pressure, and is known to be involved in energy metabolism and protein synthesis. This mineral promotes a healthier cardiovascular system and thus helps prevent heart attacks. It prevents the building up of cholesterol and consequent artherosclerosis.

Food Sources
Foods that are good sources of magnesium are dairy products, meat, fish, poultry, green vegetables, legumes, soy products, nuts (such as almonds and cashews), whole grains (such as brown rice and millet), fruits (such as apples, bananas, dried apricots).

Magnesium Supplements
Magnesium is available as magnesium citrate, magnesium gluconate, and magnesium lactate.
Excessive magnesium intake can cause diarrhea and general gastrointestinal distress.
Do not take magnesium supplements if you have heart or kidney disease. Too much magnesium can cause serious problems. Seek the advice of a health care professional prior to taking magnesium.


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May 30, 2020