Magnesium is one of the essential minerals for our body, but still, most people have lack of it. The human body normally contains one to two ounces of magnesium, chiefly in the bones and the teeth, as well as in the brain, heart and the blood, but significantly less.
Actually, all body cells need magnesium so that they are able to properly perform their function. Magnesium participates in more than 300 metabolic body functions. Now that we know how important this element for our body’s health is, it should be clear how alarming is that about a half of the Americans take in inadequate amount of it in their diet.
What is the reason behind this?
The fast lifestyle of today poses stress on our body, which uses up all of our supply to deal with it. In other words, our body spends more magnesium than we consume. We need to consume 500 to 1000 mg a day.
Symptoms of magnesium deficiency are insomnia, blood clots, leg cramps, chronic fatigue, anxiety, depression, heart disease, facial twitches, osteoporosis, unstable blood sugar levels, migraines, etc. Magnesium is also beneficial in cases of Alzheimer’s due to its ability to improve the oxygen intake in the brain, as well in cases of Parkinson’s tremors. Researches have revealed that these patients (with Parkinson’s disease) have low magnesium levels in the brain.
Furthermore, lack of magnesium is also linked to chronic diseases like type-2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome. The lack of magnesium causes the body to overproduce insulin and to store the extra glucose into the cells, causing inflammation.