by Sujatha Nanjundeshwara
A chemical element denoted by the symbol Mg.
An element which is the ninth most abundant one in the universe; as well as one that is essential to all cells and some 300 odd enzymes in the human body.
Welcome to the world of Magnesium.
What does magnesium do for your body?
Muscles need it to contract, which means without magnesium, your muscles can neither bend, nor stretch.
Your nerves need it to send and receive vital messages to and fro from the brain.
Listen to that steady lub- dub of your heart? That’s magnesium working in your body to keep your heart working steadily.
If you haven’t fallen prey to the latest flu in town, thank magnesium for it. As it has been keeping your immune system going strong.
Which food sources are rich with magnesium?
It’s important to note that the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) of magnesium for adults stands at 420 mg per day.
You can easily maintain healthy magnesium levels by eating food items from the below list:
High fiber foods like green leafy vegetables
Unrefined, whole grains
Nuts and fish
What is magnesium deficiency and which category of people suffer from it?
Some water pills and antibiotics can lower blood magnesium levels making ingestion of supplements mandatory.
You might suffer from magnesium deficiency if you suffer from:
Chronic digestive problems
It’s important to note that Magnesium deficiency by itself is very rare according to Dr. Bruce Bistrian, chief of clinical nutrition at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. This is because the kidney minimizes magnesium loss in urine and thus achieves magnesium balance on a wide variety of food intakes.
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