Magnesium and its importance for the human body

Magnesium and its importance for the human body

Magnesium is a mineral that, as a cation, is one of the four most important cations in the human body. We also know it as magnesium. Since magnesium is essential for most cellular processes, it is not for nothing that it has the nickname „element of life“.

In the body of a healthy adult, we find approximately 21 – 28 grams of magnesium. Half of this amount is found in soft tissues, ie muscles, tendons, vessels, nerves, skin, etc. The other half is contained in bones. Magnesium is also found in blood plasma and red blood cells, albeit in small amounts (1%), but it plays a no less important function.

Why we need a sufficient magnesium intake

Sufficient amount of magnesium in the human body is important for the proper functioning of the body. Magnesium is important and irreplaceable for several bodily functions, such as:

– transmission of nerve impulses,

– formation of teeth and bones, protection of tooth enamel and increase of resistance to tooth decay,

– responsible for muscle contractions of the heart,

– adjusts blood pressure

– transports sugar into cells and assists in energy conversion

– promotes the effectiveness of insulin,

– improves the utilization of oxygen in cells,

– promotes proper digestion,

– helps with calcium absorption (calcium and magnesium are excellent „colleagues“ and act as a natural sedative)

– in combination with lecithin and vitamin B6, adjusts cholesterol levels,

– regulates thyroid function,

– supports proper prostate function,

– helps with allergen hypersensitivity in allergy sufferers.

What happens when magnesium is lacking in the human body

With a lack of magnesium in the body, there is a risk of worsening the course of any disease, because magnesium is needed for many biochemical reactions in the body. At the same time, magnesium is lost from the body mainly due to an unsuitable lifestyle, for example, excessive consumption of animal proteins and fats, inappropriate diets, excessive exercise and physically burdening the body or drinking alcohol. Other factors include frequent use of medications and antibiotics, birth control pills, stress, excessive consumption of sweets and white flour foods.

Lack of magnesium can cause:

– development of insulin resistance,

– irregular heartbeat,

– heart muscle infarction,

– muscle weakness,

– convulsions,

– anxiety, depression,

– insomnia,

– dizziness,

– migraines,

– tiredness (fatigue),

– memory and learning problems,

– menstrual disorders,

Excess magnesium

It should be noted here that an excess of magnesium in the body occurs in the general population to a much lesser extent than its deficiency. In most cases, it is caused by various diseases and not by excessive consumption of bananas or spinach. Excess magnesium can cause diarrhoea, nausea, muscle weakness, lethargy, confusion or breathing problems. This occurs when the body is unable to process high doses of magnesium.

Did you know…

Magnesium was first identified in 1755 by the Swedish physicist and chemist Joseph Black. It was not isolated in its pure state until the English chemist Sir Humphry Davy in 1808. Since then, knowledge of magnesium has begun to spread to its present form.

Liposomal magnesium

Magnesium is absorbed mainly in the last third of the small intestine, i.e. at the beginning of the large intestine. For the body to make the most of the nutritional supplement, therefore, magnesium must „survive“ the path through the stomach and encounter with digestive acids. Magnesium in liposomal form is encapsulated in the layer of liposomes, which protects the magnesium molecules from damage in the digestive tract, also, this protective coating ensures better tolerance of the supplement in the digestive system. This revolutionary form of the uptake of magnesium into the human body is thus the fastest and most effective way to maintain the healthy value of magnesium in the body.