Magnesium Dietary Supplement
Magnesium is a mineral that is required for the proper growth
and formation of human bones, muscle tissues, and enzymes. It is used to
convert carbohydrates, fats, and proteins into energy. It is involved in
the transmission of nervous system impulses, assist in the uptake of calcium
and potassium. Higher intake of
The body's relative balance of magnesium and calcium has a profound
impact on health as these two minerals must work smoothly together to insure
proper muscle control. Calcium is involved in stimulating muscle contraction,
and magnesium is required to allow the muscles to relax. Both an excess
intake of calcium
The USDA Dietary Reference Intake (Recommended Daily Allowance) for magnesium is 350 mg per day for mature males and 280 mg for females. Foods high in magnesium include fish, dairy products, lean meat, whole grains, seeds, and vegetables. Consumption of large amounts of zinc and vitamin D increase the body's requirement for magnesium as does alcohol, fats, proteins, and diuretics. The body's uptake of magnesium can also be inhibited by consuming foods high in oxalic acid, such as spinach, cocoa and tea.
According to the research,
typical needs of an average adult amount to 2 mg Magnesium/lb of the body
weight. During convalescence, extensive physical stress (such
as intense physical work, body building, or strenuous exercise), pregnancy
and lactation, this amount increases to 3-5 mg/lb of the body weight.
Magnesium deficiency may cause muscular tension, cramping, and physical
and psychological tiredness.
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