Magnesium is a key player in human metabolism, participating in over 300 enzymatic reactions throughout every single organ in the body. It is a necessary component of your teeth and bones, and helps to regulate levels of calcium, copper, zinc, potassium, and vitamin D.
Magnesium is also involved in the activity and transmission of neurotransmitters and muscle relaxation. With all of these important functions, you would think that obtaining enough magnesium would be on the top of our list of dietary priorities – but most people in the U.S. likely do not get enough magnesium in their diets!
Magnesium deficiency is especially prevalent in the elderly, and is associated with metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance, as well as heart disease and osteoporosis. It doesn’t help that it is difficult for your doctor to actually assess your magnesium status, since most of the magnesium in your body is located inside of cells or within the bone.
The measure of serum magnesium concentration in your blood does not usually reflect the actual total levels of magnesium in the body or in specific tissues.
How can adding magnesium to my diet help me?