Magnesium: Another Important Mineral

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What is magnesium?
Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body, with 50 to 60% stored in our bones, 1% found in our blood, and the remaining magnesium stored in cells and tissues.1 Most commonly identified as an electrolyte and touted for its role in maintaining mineral balance, magnesium plays a key role in many bodily functions. Despite the importance of magnesium, many American adults fail to consume the recommended daily amount (RDA).2 A magnesium supplement, such as Nature Made Magnesium 250 mg Liquid Softgels, may help fill nutrient gaps for this essential mineral.


How does magnesium support cellular energy?
Magnesium helps our bodies break down the food we eat. For example, it turns carbohydrates and fat into cellular energy. Magnesium is required by cells to produce ATP (adenosine triphosphate), the body’s main source of energy. Magnesium is also involved in over 300 essential metabolic functions, making this mineral a key player in cellular energy production.


Other important functions of magnesium
While approximately 50 to 60% of magnesium is found in bone structure, an important portion is found in the bloodstream (also known as extracellular fluid), where it helps support proper muscle contractions and nerve function.1,3,†


What foods are good sources of magnesium?
More than half (59%) of American adults are not meeting their magnesium requirements from diet alone.2 Common food sources of magnesium include whole grains (e.g., brown rice, oat bran, whole wheat), dark green leafy vegetables, nuts and beans.


Should I take a magnesium supplement?
If your diet is lacking in magnesium-rich foods, a magnesium supplement may be a good choice to ensure your magnesium needs are met. Some people need magnesium supplements due to certain medications or health conditions. Talk to your healthcare professional to determine if a magnesium supplement fits into your supplement regimen.


References:
1. Institute of Medicine. Food and Nutrition Board. Dietary Reference Intakes for Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Vitamin D and Fluoride. National Academy Press. Washington D.C 1997.
2. Fulgoni VL, Keast DR, Baily RL et al. Food, Fortificants and Supplements: Where Do Americans Get Their Nutrients? J Nutr 2011;141:1847–1854.
3. EFSA Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA); Scientific opinion on the substantiation of health claims related to magnesium and “hormonal health,” reduction of tiredness and fatigue, contribution to normal psychological functions, maintenance of normal blood glucose concentrations, maintenance of normal blood pressure, protection of DNA, proteins and lipids from oxidative damage, maintenance of the normal function of the immune system, maintenance of normal blood pressure during pregnancy, resistance to mental stress, reduction of gastric acid levels, maintenance of normal fat metabolism and maintenance of normal muscle contraction. EFSA Journal 2010:8(10):1807.