Who would have thought that the lack of only one nutrient can have an enormous impact on the overall health?
Every single cell in the body needs magnesium to function properly, and it’s responsible for over 300 metabolic functions in the body. It’s clear that this element is vital for your health, but according to USDA, approximately a half of the Americans consume inadequate amount in their diet.
Functions of magnesium
The functions of magnesium in the human body is complex and sophisticated. But, some of the main functions include:
- As a cofactor, enabling thousands of biochemical processes, including temperature regulation, breaking down of glucose and fat, production of proteins, antioxidants, cholesterol, and the creation of DNA and RNA.
- Produces energy inside mitochondria, metabolizing them into usable energy and storing them. When magnesium level is low, one can expect to feel lethargic.
- Magnesium is a cofactor for dozens of various other nutrients to be used as building blocks to create the body structure.
- Magnesium is necessary for electrical transmission of our thoughts to the nervous system and to various parts of our body.
- While calcium causes contraction of muscles, magnesium causes relaxation. In the presence of excess calcium and insufficient magnesium, crampings (of the lungs, uterus, blood vessels, legs, muscles, etc.) can occur.
- Magnesium is required to maintain a healthy balance (homeostasis) of the body’s electrolytes-calcium, sodium, potassium-that affects nerve impulses, muscle contractions, and heart rhythms.