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Magnesium and Your Health - Some Important Things to Know

Updated on January 15, 2012

Magnesium is More Important than You Might Think

We all need to have magnesium in our diets. Ideally, we would get enough from the foods we eat, but if you cannot then its a good idea to take a supplement that includes magnesium. I take a multivitamin that includes magnesium, and my husband and children do as well. Did you know it is crucial for energy production? We need it for other metabolic functions as well.

Without enough magnesium, our heart, brain and kidneys cannot even operate in an adequate way. You need to make sure you get enough of this nutrient into your diet.

Halibut, and Rock fish are another great source of magnesium.
Halibut, and Rock fish are another great source of magnesium.
Cashews and other nuts are another source of magnesium
Cashews and other nuts are another source of magnesium

Magnesium is the main atom in the chlorophyll molecule. Interestingly, magnesium activates the ATP energy system. It is an amazing process in our bodies to create instant energy.

About 70% of magnesium is found in our bones with the rest of it being found in our blood and soft tissues. In order to metabolize Vitamin C, sodium, phosphorous and potassium, we need magnesium. The nervous system relies on it for the synthesis of certain proteins. Magnesium helps to govern how calcium is used in our bodies.

Eating more magnesium rich foods is the best way to increase your magnesium consumption. You can get it from foods like whole grain cereals, whole grain breads, and black beans. Of course vegetables are always a wonderful pick, especially broccoli, frozen okra and spinach. Oysters, rock fish and salmon as well as scallops are great sources of magnesium. Soy milk, raw plantain and tofu are other great sources. There are many more than these, but keep in mind that a diet rich in all kinds of healthy foods is something that will make one's body happy and healthy.

The video below shares some amazing information on just how important magnesium is for us. It is often used for seizures, heart failure, and all kinds of other problems in the emergency room. For not being a medication, it sure does amazing things for the human body!

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      Paula 7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Carolina, Thank you so much!

      Vocalcoach, I really appreciate that! Thank you!

      Nifty, that is good to hear. I think its all the better if we get it naturally through the foods we eat, but I think supplements are great too.

      Phoenix, thank you!

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      PhoenixV 7 years ago from USA

      Excellent information!

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      nifty@50 7 years ago

      I take a daily supplement just in case, but I think I'm fairly good on my magnesium in take.

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      Audrey Hunt 7 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Excellent article on the importance of magnesium. I look forward to reading more of your hubs. Thank you for such valuable information. I am your new fan!

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      carolina muscle 7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Important post!!!