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Lola asked in HealthOther - Health · 1 decade ago

What does magnesium do for the body?

8 Answers

  • rosieC
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    Functions of Magnesium: :

    • Magnesium regulates the absorption of calcium and is involved in the structural integrity of bones and teeth. If it is deficient in the bones, the bones may be dense but have poor trabecular integrity and thus be brittle. In both Finland and the Netherlands, there is a high ratio of calcium to magnesium intake (4 to 1) and the rate of osteoporosis is the highest in the world.

    • Magnesium regulates the contractility of the heart muscle. It is concentrated 18x greater in the heart muscle than in the bloodstream. A decreased magnesium level in the heart muscle may predispose a person to coronary spasms. In areas where there is harder water (mainly due to magnesium), there is a much lower rate of heart disease.

    • Magnesium has a relaxing effect on smooth muscle. It may be helpful in relaxing the smooth muscle of the bronchioles (improving asthma) and the arterioles (lowering blood pressure).

    • It may relax uterine tissue (decreasing the cramping of dysmenorrhea), and also be useful in the treatment of angina and myocardial infarction.

    • Magnesium decreases coagulation and acts as a calcium channel blocker. Thus, it helps the heart to pump more effectively.

    • It is also one of the cofactors for delta 6 desaturase which is involved in the production of PGE1.

    • Magnesium is necessary for the actions of PTH and 1,25 DHCC in bone calcium mobilization.

    • Cofactor in many enzyme reactions (especially ATP reactions)

    • Protein synthesis

    • Role in neuromuscular transmitters

    • Activates vitamin B-complex

    dietary sources:

    • High (200-400 mg/100 g food): nuts (almonds, cashews, Brazil), soybeans, brewer's yeast, buckwheat, wheat bran

    • Good: Corn, peas, carrots, barley, oats, rye, wheat, rice bran, pecans, filberts, pistachios, black walnuts, green leafy vegetables (kale, endive, chard beet tops), celery, alfalfa, figs, apples, lemons, peaches, almonds, whole grains (millet, cornmeal, wheatgerm, barley, buckwheat, oats), tahini, sunflower seeds, brown rice, sesame seeds, black-eyed peas, lima beans, tofu, lentils, potato, sweet potato, peas, Brussel sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, corn, avocado, dates, banana, blueberries, grape juice, cantaloupe, orange juice, milk

    • The average intake of magnesium by so-called healthy adults in the U.S. and Western Europe ranges between 143-266 mg/day.

    • High intakes of calcium, vitamin D, and protein increase the requirement for magnesium.

    • Vitamin D, lactose and HCl all act to enhance absorption.

    Known or potential therapeutic uses: Acute myocardial infarction, alcohol withdrawal, angina, anxiety, asthma, autism, cardiac arrhythmias, cardiomyopathy, cardiovascular disease, celiac disease, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), congestive heart failure, constipation, diabetes mellitus, dysmenorrhea, eclampsia, eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome, fatigue, fibromyalgia, (acute) gastro-intestinal spasms or cramping, glaucoma, hearing loss, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, hyperactivity, hypoglycemia, intermittent claudication, kidney stones, lead toxicity, low HDL-cholesterol levels, migraine, mitral valve prolapse, muscle cramping, especially nocturnal, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, premenstrual syndrome, Raynaud’s disease, retinopathy, stroke, torticollis, toxemia of pregnancy.

    maintenance dose: 500 mg per day.

    • RDA:

    Infants: 50-70 mg

    Children: 150-300 mg

    Adults: females: 280 mg per day; males: 350 mg per day

    Pregnancy and lactation 350 mg per day

    therapeutic dose: 500-1500 mg per day. Also used intravenously for many conditions.

    In short, magnesium is an essential mineral needed in the body to balance the equation with calclum,protein, Vit D; iron, manganese, copper and iron.for energy metabolism. ..We used magnesium to clear brain fogginess and confusions and it has been known to be useful in treating Alzheimer's. in elderly patients. Magnesium is also used for cardiac contractility.

    The principal function of magnesium that is critical in thyroid disease is that it enables muscles to relax. With inadequate magnesium, the muscles cramp. When this happens to the heart muscles the heart does not go through a complete relaxation phase, and the next calcium-driven contraction begins before the relaxation is complete. This results in rapid heart beat and irregular heart rate known as arrhythmia

    Source(s): professional nurse
  • 4 years ago

    What Does Magnesium Do

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Magnesium is an essential mineral to the human body. It is needed for bone, protein, and fatty acid formation, making new cells, activating B vitamins, relaxing muscles, clotting blood, and forming adenosine triphosphate (ATP; the energy the body runs on).

    The secretion and action of insulin also require magnesium.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Magnesium is an essential mineral that is used throughout the body, affecting blood vessels, blood clotting, the transmission of impulses between nerve cells, and normal muscle activity. It plays a very important role in heart health and energy metabolism. In fact, a magnesium deficiency can lead to muscle weakness and chronic fatigue and may promote atherosclerosis (blocked arteries), cause hypertension (high blood pressure), trigger arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat), and increase the risk of heart attack and stroke.

  • 5 years ago

    I have leg tightening when you stretch my lower calf they hurt bad they cramp up tight will magnesium help me?

  • 4 years ago

    fruits and veggies when unripe has starches as carbohydrates and becomes into fructose when it ripens.

  • Ryan
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    Fruits are the immediate way to obtain vitamins, proteins, and electrolytes, so over body can certainly absorb them. Found in the case of veg some of the immediately eatable but some need to cooked well for enhance their taste.

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