Magnesium

What is it?Magnesium is a very important macromineral, even though there are only several ounces in the body, about .05 percent of body weight. It is involved in several hundred enzymatic reactions, many of which contribute to the production of energy and cardiovascular function. About 65% of our magnesium is contained in the bones and teeth, and the remaining 35% is contained in the blood.
Where is it from?Magnesium, like calcium, is an earth alkali mineral. The word magnesium comes from the name of the Greek city, Magnesia, where large deposits of magnesium carbonate were found. Peanuts and bananas are the best sources for magnesium, although most people get their highest levels from milk. Soybeans and avocados are other excellent sources for the mineral, as are vegetables and seafood.
What is it used for?Magnesium is needed for bone, protein, and fatty acid formation, making new cells, activating B vitamins, and forming ATP-the energy the body runs on. Magnesium plays a role in maintaining a healthy circulatory system by interacting with sodium and potassium in blood vessels lowering hypertension or high blood pressure.

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