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Magnesium Deficiency

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Bananas Are a Good Source of Natural Magnesium.

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:

  1. Co-factor for over 300 enzymes involved in the metabolism of food components and synthesis of many compounds.
  2. Required for nerve transmission.
  3. Required for muscle activity (acts to relax muscles in opposition to calcium which acts to contract).
  4. Acts to maintain heart rhythm.
  5. Required for membrane transport and interactions.
  6. Required for glucose metabolism and energy production within cells.
  7. Component of bone mineralization and tooth formation.
  8. Plays a key role in calcium and phosphorus metabolism and management by parathyroid hormone.
  9. 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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  1. Agarwal R, Iezhitsa I, Agarwal P, Spasov A. Magnesium deficiency: does it have a role to play in cataractogenesis? Exp Eye Res. 2012 Aug; 101:82-9. doi: 10.1016/j.exer.2012.05.008. []