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Magnesium for Health Throughout Life

Magnesium is Essential Throughout Life

Magnesium is truly one of the most vital minerals for maintaining health throughout life. In an interview concerning his research on aging, Dr. Bruce Ames of the University of California at Berkley (a leading researcher in the causes of age related cell decay and aging), stated that he found “A lack of magnesium damages cell DNA and accelerates mitochondrial decay that essentially causes cells to age prematurely, lose energy, and become dysfunctional”.

Magnesium serves as a cofactor in over 600 enzymes, and also serves as an activator in 200 enzymes.1  It is due to this high level of involvement that magnesium has an impact in nearly every major metabolic and biochemical process within the cells of the body.

According to a review by the University of Maryland Medical Center (umm.edu) that examined the high incidence of low magnesium intake and health problems, the following are common signs of low magnesium status:

  • Agitation and Anxiety
  • Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)
  • Sleep Disorders and Insomnia
  • Irritability

  • Nausea
  • Abnormal Heart Rhythm
  • Confusion
  • Muscle Spasms and Weakness
  • Poor Nail Growth

Increasingly, magnesium is the subject of significant scientific research. Given the large number of bodily functions that require magnesium, this should not be surprising. Low magnesium has been shown to be a major factor in many health disorders and age-related symptoms.

It has been reported that up to 90% of Americans do not get the recommended intake of magnesium. Taking supplemental magnesium is one way to help prevent deficiency. Even marginal magnesium deficiency (below 70% of the RDA), can lead to a variety of unwanted health problems. Look for forms that are readily bioavailable, like Magnesium Bisglycinate Chelate.