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The eleventh most abundant element by mass in the human body and is essential to all cells and some 300 enzymes. Magnesium ions interact with polyphosphate compounds such as ATP, DNA, and RNA. Hundreds of enzymes require magnesium ions to function. Magnesium compounds are used medicinally as common laxatives, antacids (e.g., milk of magnesia), and to stabilize abnormal nerve excitation or blood vessel spasm in such conditions as eclampsia.
About 60% of the magnesium in your body is found in bone, while the rest is in muscles, soft tissues and fluids, including blood. Every cell in your body contains it and needs it to function.
One of magnesium's main roles is acting as a co-factor or "helper molecule" in the biochemical reactions continuously performed by enzymes. In fact, it’s involved in more than 600 reactions in your body, including:
- Helps convert food into energy.
- Helps create new proteins from amino acids.
- Helps create and repair DNA and RNA.
- Muscle contraction and relaxation.
- Helps regulate neurotransmitters, which send messages throughout your brain and nervous system.
Unfortunately, studies suggest that about 50% of people in the US and Europe get less than the recommended daily amount of magnesium.
Magnesium supplements have been shown to enhance exercise performance in several studies, but research results are mixed.
There may be a link between depression and magnesium deficiency. Supplementing with it can reduce symptoms of depression in some people.
People who get the most magnesium have a lower risk of type 2 diabetes. Moreover, supplements have been shown to lower blood sugar in some people.
Magnesium helps lower blood pressure in people with elevated levels but does not seem to have the same effect in those with normal levels.
Magnesium has been shown to help fight inflammation. It reduces the inflammatory marker CRP and provides several other benefits.
People with frequent migraines may have low magnesium levels. Some studies show that supplementing with this mineral can provide relief from migraines.
One study found that supplementing with this mineral reduced insulin resistance and blood sugar levels, even in people with normal blood levels.
Magnesium supplements have been shown to improve symptoms that occur in women with PMS.