Why take magnesium?
This important mineral contributes to a healthy energy-yielding metabolism, the reduction of tiredness and fatigue, cell division, electrolyte balance, the nervous system, normal muscle function and the maintenance of bones and teeth.
Magnesium (named after Magnesia, Greece, where it was first observed) is the eighth most common chemical element in the earth’s crust – and the eleventh most common in the human body.
Recognised as a chemical element in 1755, magnesium was first isolated by pioneering chemist Sir Humphry Davy in 1808.
In a UK study of 8,000 individuals conducted by testing company Health Check, around 70 per cent of participants were found to have low magnesium levels. Meanwhile, the UK Government’s National Diet and Nutrition Survey found that the majority of children and adolescents were also failing to reach recommended levels, with teenage girls particularly affected.
Magnesium is usually absorbed from foods such as whole grains, legumes and leafy vegetables. The population-wide increase in magnesium deficiency has been linked to modern farming techniques, consumption of processed food, and overuse of some pharmaceuticals.
Deficiency can result in numerous issues, from weakness, fatigue and headaches to muscle spasms, mood swings and trouble sleeping.
That’s because the human body depends on magnesium. This important mineral:
- is present in every cell, and in hundreds of enzymes that speed biochemical reactions to sustain life
- plays a key role in mitosis, the process by which our cells divide into identical copies to produce more cells for growth and repair
- helps to produce energy and protein
- contributes to regulating the heartbeat
- maintains the strength of bones and teeth
- regulates blood glucose
- supports a healthy immune system
Research continues into the effectiveness of magnesium to prevent and manage cardiovascular issues.
Getting enough magnesium is critical, but unfortunately, it is difficult to absorb. A highly bioavailable supplement allows for significant absorption of this important mineral. This is especially important for the over-55s, as older people struggle to take in magnesium.
Did you know...
This vital mineral was known to be beneficial to the human body as early as 1618, when a farmer from the English market town of Epsom realised that water from a bitter saline spring helped to heal cuts and rashes. It was later discovered that ‘epsom salts’ – which are still used to soothe sore muscles today – is actually magnesium sulphate.