What Is Magnesium?
Magnesium is an essential mineral predominantly found in the body within cells, where it is vital for their functions.
Here is a summary of what magnesium does in our body:
- Co-factor for over 300 enzymes involved in the metabolism of food components and synthesis of many compounds.
- Required for nerve transmission.
- Required for muscle activity (acts to relax muscles in opposition to calcium which acts to contract).
- Acts to maintain heart rhythm.
- Required for membrane transport and interactions.
- Required for glucose metabolism and energy production within cells.
- Component of bone mineralization and tooth formation.
- Plays a key role in calcium and phosphorus metabolism and management by parathyroid hormone.
- Maintains the structural and functional integrity of vital eye tissues such as lens.1
Only 1% of magnesium is found in blood, but the body must keep blood levels of magnesium constant.
What Is Magnesium Deficiency In Celiac Disease and/or Gluten Sensitivity?
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