Magnesium is an important mineral in human diet with multiple health benefits.
AdvertisementsMagnesium is key factor in regulating several biochemical reactions in the human body. About 25 grams of magnesium is present in an adult. More than half of the mineral is present in bones and the rest in soft tissues. Hardly 1% of this total mineral is present in blood serum and is tightly regulated between 0.75 and 0.95 millimoles/L.
Sufficient magnesium in nutrition is necessary for many biological processes including protein synthesis, musculoskeletal functions, neuropsychological processes, bone homeostasis, cardiovascular functions and enzymatic reactions.
Magnesium homeostasis is regulated by the kidney and excess mineral is excreted into urine. Urinary excretion of the mineral is reduced when the serum status of the mineral is low.
Whole grains are also good food sources. The bran part of the grain has high nutrition value and health benefits. Removing the germ and bran from grains by polishing, decreases their health benefits. Cashews, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, almonds and several beans varieties are rich in this mineral.
Magnesium deficiency symptoms and diseasesThe deficiency of magnesium in the diet is very much prevalent in U.S. Elderly people and adolescent girls are highly susceptible to deficiency. If special care is not taken to fulfil the mineral need, they may end up with hypomagnesemia and debilitating symptoms.
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