Magnesium is a mineral that is essential for the functioning of the body. Magnesium helps regulate your blood pressure, make your bones strong and your heart rate.
Magnesium is needed in every tissue of the body. It works with nucleic acids to produce energy and is involved in more than 300 enzymatic systems that regulate protein production, signal transmission in nerves and muscles, blood pressure, blood glucose and other functions.
Regulation of digestion: magnesium helps relieve constipation and irregularity. Particularly magnesium bisglycinate , which is considered milder than some other magnesium compounds and can be found as an active ingredient in dietary supplements.
Support for muscles and nerves: magnesium is necessary for the proper functioning of muscles and nerves. Magnesium ions, along with calcium and potassium ions, provide the electrical charges that cause muscles to contract and allow nerves to send electrical signals throughout the body.
Bone Strength: Magnesium helps regulate the transport of calcium across cell membranes and plays a key role in building bones. The bones also serve as a reservoir that stores magnesium for the body. About 60% of the body's total magnesium stores are in the bones.
Heart Health: Magnesium helps keep the heartbeat regular by regulating the conduction of electrical signals that control the heart's timing. Magnesium citrate is often used to prevent cardiac arrhythmias. Arterial stiffness is a risk factor associated with atherosclerosis and can cause cardiovascular problems. Magnesium helps make the walls of the arteries more flexible, reducing this risk.
A magnesium deficiency can cause the following problems: muscle cramps, heart rhythm disorders, migraine, headache, ...
The recommended daily allowance of magnesium per day for adult men is 300–320 mg, and 210–220 mg per day for adult women.
Pharmacist Dirk Christiaen
Founder of Metis Supplements