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 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
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 is available as magnesium citrate, magnesium gluconate, and
Excessive magnesium intake can cause diarrhea and general gastrointestinal
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.