Why you need Magnesium

Ryan Kneessi Food, Uncategorized, Vitamins & Minerals Leave a Comment

5 Reasons for why you need magnesium

1.       Involved in over 300 reactions in the body

2.       Repairs your DNA

3.       Makes chemical energy aka ATP

4.       Important for bone, heart, nerves, and your muscles

5.       Protein synthesis

Magnesium is a mineral which is vitally important at the cellular level as it is critical for many functions in the body.  Magnesium is involved in over 300 enzymatic reactions in humans.  Magnesium is found in nearly all the bodies tissues and is especially important for bone, muscles, and the brain.  70% of US adults don’t consume the recommended daily allowance of Magnesium.

Magnesium plays a role in DNA repair.  Yes, it can literally help repair DNA that has been damaged.  Magnesium acts as a cofactor for something called Nucleotide excision repair.  This process is heavily involved in repairing DNA that has been damaged.  Reactive oxygen, aka oxidative stress, can lead to degradation of proteins in our DNA which leads to tissue destruction in many different organs. Magnesium can help repair these tissues!

Reactions involving ATP require magnesium.  If you remember from high school, ATP is our chemical energy.  It’s what gives us energy to perform basic functions.  Magnesium acts as a cofactor (a little helper) for numerous steps in the production of ATP.  It essentially helps push ATP production by acting as a stabilizer and catalyst for different reactions.  I won’t dive too deep into the biochemistry but without magnesium, we would be unable to function properly or produce our chemical energy.

Magnesium is important for normal bone structure and bone formation in the body.  About half of the magnesium in the body is associated with bone health.  It helps with the preservation and remodeling of bones to help build and repair a strong skeleton.  Studies have shown that individuals whom consume more magnesium to have better overall bone health.

Conditions that can most likely benefit from a little extra magnesium

Cardiovascular disease
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Celiac Disease

Food with lots of Magnesium

White beans
Black-eyed peas
Lima beans
Red Beans
Beet greens
Collard greens
Brown rice
Sweet Potato
Bonus Tip:
Green leafy vegetables are a great source for magnesium,  The reason they are green?  A phytonutrient, chlorophyll, which has magnesium.

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