By Melvyn Yeo
Magnesium, magnesium magnesium why magnesium?, That may be one of the top question from personal training or bootcamp clients at Genesis gym, lots of clients wonder why we strongly recommend magnesium and its consumptionMost of the clients hear magnesium would aid in their sleep, however magnesium plays a large number of roles in our daily lives besides aiding in sleep.
Magnesium plays a vital role in our daily lives such as
• Magnesium regulates more than 325 enzymatic process in the body, mainly in the production, transportation, storage and utilization of energy
• Magnesium bonds with ATP(adenosine tri phosphate) to produce and transport energy
• Transmits nerve Signals
• Relaxes muscles Cells
• Magnesium is required for proper sugar control
• Magnesium supports the adrenal glands which tend to be overworked when faced with stress
• Magnesium reduces lactic acid which causes post exercise pain
• Magnesium helps prevent the formation of clots in blood vessels
• Magnesium helps the body digest, utilize and absorb proteins, fats and carbohydrates.
• Magnesium activates Lecithin-Cholesterol acyltransferase(LCAT) an enzyme that converts LDL(Bad Cholesterol) into HDL(Good Cholesterol)
• Stronger bones
Why we need Magnesium
But I eat a lot of magnesium rich food, therefore my levels ought to be to sufficient and I wouldn’t need supplementation is what we normally hear from our clients.However, due to the lack of magnesium in our food from dead soil, acid rain and soil erosion. Achieving an optimal amount of magnesium from food maybe difficult and supplementation is essential.
Magnesium is 66% in our bones and 33% in our skeletal and cardiac muscles.
Magnesium levels are naturally depleted in the body due mainly due to physical factors such as stress, high intake of refined carbohydrates, insufficient stomach acid, depression, lack of sunlight, lack of minerals, alcoholism and age.
Deficiencies in magnesium could be a sign from medical conditions such as Inflammation, osteoporosis, fatigue, constipation and poor mental function.
Magnesium helps cells respond to the hormone insulin, with magnesium deficiencies insulin is unable to assist in the cellular uptake of glucose for the production of energy becomes lower than normal and the body takes an alternative path that converts the excess sugar into fats.
Magnesium regulates the amount of cholesterol produced in the body by adjusting cholesterol synthesis, with a lack of magnesium the regulator becomes faulty leading to high levels of cholesterol being produced.
Without sufficient levels of magnesium, the body is not able to absorb the calcium for the bones and therefore making the skeletal system weak and brittle.
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