Magnesium

Magnesium (Mg) is a mineral that acts as a cofactor for many enzymes, important for combustion of carbohydrate, signal transmission in the nervous system and regulation of muscle activity.

The function of magnesium
An adult has about 20 grams of magnesium in the body, about half is in the skeleton and just under half in the muscles. More than 100 enzymes require magnesium for various metabolic reactions in the body. Magnesium is necessary for transferring nerve and muscle impulses and is especially important for the muscle function of the heart. Magnesium is important for the electrolyte balance of the body. Magnesium is important for the combustion of carbohydrate, and important to form the energy form that the body can make use of. Magnesium is important for protein formation, production and storage of cell energy, cell growth and reproduction, DNA / RNA formation.
Magnesium can not be formed in the body and must be supplied via food and drink.

Who needs magnesium?
Do you have diabetes, gastrointestinal disorders or suffering from severe malnutrition. Use of diuretic drugs may lead to magnesium deficiency. Alcohol abuse may cause too low gastric pressure

Large intake of phosphate (cola drinks) can prevent the absorption of magnesium
Signs of magnesium deficiency are loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, drowsiness and weakness, but these are diffuse and vague symptoms that may have other causes
In severe magnesium deficiency, it may also lead to low levels of calcium and potassium.

Magnesium can be tried against leg cramps. Magnesium has been and is being tested as treatment in many conditions, primarily in the treatment of pregnancy poisoning and in certain cardiac arrhythmias.

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