Magnesium is an important mineral for overall health and well-being.** Although magnesium is one of the most common elements in the world, The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES 2003-2004) reports that the diets of most Americans do not provide adequate amounts of the mineral. This issue may be particularly pronounced in older adults, who consume less magnesium in their diets and have a harder time absorbing it.
Magnesium is a key player in hundreds of different health-promoting reactions and biological activities within the human body.** Of all its wellness benefits, magnesium’s role in bone health may be the most important.** The Surgeon General’s Report on Bone Health and Osteoporosis says, “By getting enough nutrients, including phosphates and magnesium, individuals are more likely to build strong bones.”** Magnesium helps to re-mineralize and reinforce the skeletal system.** It also helps to usher calcium into bones, further supporting healthy teeth and a strong skeletal system.**
Magnesium plays a role in cellular energy production, helping to form ATP (Adenosine triphosphate), the molecule that enables energy to flow through the body.** It has a well-established role in muscle health, helping with both muscle contractions and muscle relaxation.** In the body’s most important muscle – the heart – it has been found to support a healthy, stable heart rhythm.** Its ability to encourage nerve transmission and settle the central nervous system while relaxing muscles may help with restless leg issues.** It may also supply soothing support for menstrual discomfort, and has also been studied for its potential in regulating blood glucose levels already within normal range.**
Magnesium supplements are typically presented as capsules, coated caplets or tablets. They may supply one form or be presented as a complex that supplies multiple forms of the mineral, such as magnesium oxide, magnesium citrate, magnesium glycinate and magnesium aspartate. Magnesium is frequently combined with calcium and other minerals in bone health formulas. A relative newcomer to supplementation, magnesium oil is a mineral solution that is applied topically to support healthy skin while soothing joint, muscle and skin discomfort.**
Magnesium Directions for Use
Magnesium RDAs for adults range between 400-420 mg for men and 310-320 mg for women. Be sure to talk with your doctor before adding this supplement, or any other supplements, to your wellness regimen.**