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Magnesium

Our 10th nutrient mineral (in alphabetical order). Chemical symbol, ‘Mg’. Absolutely essential for every biochemical process in our bodies, including metabolism and the synthesis of nucleic acids and protein.

Magnesium deficiency is very common particularly in the elderly, heavy drinkers, pregnant women, and regular, strenuous exercisers. It has been proven that even a very slight deficiency can cause a disruption of the heartbeat.

Functions/Benefits
Proper function of nerves and muscle.
Helps prevent kidney and gallstones.
Useful in the treatment of high blood pressure.
Useful in the treatment of prostate problems.
Repairs and maintains body cells.
Required for hormonal activity.
Proper metabolism of Vitamin C and calcium.
Regulation of blood sugar.

Deficiency Symptoms
Weakness.
Tiredness.
Nervous convulsions and behaviour.
Tremors.
Unsteadiness.
Hyperactivity in children.
Low blood sugar.
Palpitations.
Depression.

Natural sources
Wheat germ. Bran. Cashew nuts. Honey. Spinach. Seafood. Kelp. Brown rice. Soybeans. Brewer's yeast. Wholewheat flour. Legumes. Chlorella.


US RDA: 300-400mg (milligram)
EU RDA: 300mg (milligram)


Toxicity
Toxic to people with renal problems or atrioventricular blocks. Other than these cases, magnesium should be safe.

Nutrient Destroyers
Sugar (the metabolism of sugar requires the vitamins:vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B3, and the minerals: magnesium and chromium).


 

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