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Magnesium is an essential mineral required for every cell to function optimally. It is the most prevalent intracellular divalent cation and the fourth most abundant cation in the body. Yet more than 50% of the US population does not meet the daily requirement for this critical mineral.
Magnesium plays a vital role in overall health. It acts as a cofactor in more than three hundred enzyme systems that regulate diverse biochemical reactions throughout the body, including DNA repair, protein synthesis, blood pressure, blood sugar level, and muscle and nerve function. Magnesium is critical for cellular energy metabolism. ATP, the universal energy currency of cells, binds to the magnesium ion (Mg2+) to compose biologically functional complexes. And dysregulation of Mg2+ homeostasis is involved in various cellular malfunctions.
The Dr. Rath Phyto-Magnesium Effervescent Powder provides 350 mg of magnesium per serving (70 servings per container). The pristine sea water and marine red algae used as a source of magnesium are collected from the North Atlantic waters near Ireland. This formula has natural lemon flavor and is vegan and non-GMO certified.
Key health benefits of magnesium:
Cardiovascular system: Magnesium is involved in regulation of collagen and elastin turnover in the vascular wall. It helps to protect the elastic fibers from calcium deposition and maintains the elasticity of the blood vessels.
Magnesium is a natural calcium antagonist. It potentiates the production of local vasodilator mediators (prostacyclin and nitric oxide) promoting relaxation of the blood vessels, and alters vascular responses to a variety of vasoconstrictors (endothelin-1, angiotensin II, and catecholamines).
Magnesium also plays an important role in lipid and sugar metabolism. It aids in lowering the so-called bad cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides levels and increasing good cholesterol (HDL). It helps improve insulin-sensitivity and promotes healthy blood glucose levels.
Nervous system: Magnesium is indispensable for proper functioning of the brain and the nervous system. It is essential for the survival and function of neurons through its involvement in the formation of membrane phospholipids, myelin sheath, synapses and signal transduction.
Magnesium plays a critical role in learning, memory, and overall cognitive wellbeing.
By activating the parasympathetic nervous system, magnesium aids in reducing the stress response and induces relaxation by stimulating the production of melatonin and serotonin. Stress reduction may help improve sleep and reduce stress induced headaches and other aches and pains in the body.
Bones and muscles: Approximately 50-60% of the total body magnesium is found in the bones. Magnesium has a pivotal role in growth and repair of bones both directly - through regulation of the activity of bone cells (osteoblasts/osteoclasts) and indirectly through its influence on the parathyroid hormone secretion and activation of vitamin D, among many others. Due to its anti-inflammatory potential, it helps in building up bones and reducing bone and joint degeneration.
Magnesium is also important for proper contraction and relaxation of the muscles, including the heart muscle. By increasing the energy production and muscle strength, magnesium also helps in exercise endurance and reduces fatigue.
Skin and hair: Owing to the role of magnesium in helping natural production of collagen, it helps in building and maintaining healthy skin, and promotes hair growth and reduces hair loss.