Some interesting facts about magnesium:
- Magnesium is an electrolyte which is needed to balance intracellular fluids
Magnesium is one of the electrolyte minerals (the others are chloride, potassium and sodium), which carries an electrical charge, which is positive for magnesium. Magnesium works with the other electrolytes to help regulate the level of fluid in the cells, throughout the whole body.
- Magnesium works well with calcium
Magensium helps the body absorb calcium from foods. If there is a deficiency of magnesium in the diet, the body will draw magnesium from various organs, bones and tissues to help “balance” the calcium (because there needs to be a specific ratio of magnesium:calcium in the body to ensure it runs properly and in a healthy way), thus creating deficiencies, which can lead to a number of health issues.
Magnesium has a wide range of metabolic activities in the body; there are few tissues or organs that are not affected by magnesium in some way
- Magnesium is required for healthy bones and teeth
Magnesium is a constituent of bones and teeth, it is part of the mineral matrix in the bones and teeth and helps to build stronger bones and teeth. Magnesium works closely with calcium, vitamin D, boron and phosphorus to ensure that bones are re-mineralised so that they are strong and healthy.
- Calcium to magnesium ratio should be 2:1
In order for the levels of calcium and magnesium to be at the correct levels and ensure health is maintained, the ratio of calcium to magnesium should be 2:1, but the ratio can used up to 2:1.5 at the most. Basically for every 100mg (to 150mg at the most) of magnesium, there should be 200mg of calcium intake.
- Magnesium affects most cells in the body
Magnesium has a wide range of metabolic activities in the body; there are few tissues or organs that are not affected by magnesium in some way. The muscles, nervous system, cardiovascular system, digestive system, kidneys, liver, hormone-secreting glands and the brain all rely on magnesium to some extent for the proper functioning of their metabolic activities.