Magnesium is macromineral that is intimately involved in over 600 activities in the body; including the metabolism of food, the transmission of nerve impulses, the synthesis of fatty acids and proteins, muscle movements, gene maintenance and protein formation.
It is one of seven essential electrolytic minerals that must be consumed daily — 100 milligrams or more. Our bodies store about 25 grams of magnesium with more than 50 percent of this being stored in our bones, while the rest is found in the muscles, soft tissues and bodily fluids.
Studies show that about 50 percent of the people in the United States and Europe get far less than the recommended daily amount of magnesium. Some of this is attributable to magnesium levels in soil are lower than they used to be, reducing the amount that plants uptake. Plus, the use of chemicals such as fluoride and chlorine in water make magnesium less available. In addition, daily intake of refined sugar and acidic caffeine also deplete magnesium supplies within the body. Finally, if you live a high-stress life, it is likely that you are magnesium deficient.
A magnesium deficiency can lead to a range of chronic health issues, such as: calcium deficiency, poor heart health, weakness, anxiety and high blood pressure. You can also add type 2 diabetes, respiratory issues, fatigue, poor memory and confusion to this health issues list.