Magnesium, like most nutrients, is obtained from the soil through the food chain, and it is indispensable for life and the general health of humans.
Lack of magnesium: a warning sign
What is it that makes magnesium so essential for the body, the organs and our health in general? Without the right amount of magnesium, we may experience cramps in our legs, have difficulty enjoying a good night’s sleep, and even anxiety can be an issue.
All of these symptoms, however, do not come close to being the biggest health risks of a lack of magnesium in our body.
To have a better understanding of the benefits and importance of magnesium, we need to take a peek into a microscope and study the question at a cellular level.
Everything takes place within the cells
It is rather hard for one to think at a cellular level. It is by far more difficult than to grasp the idea of the function of our organs, like the heart, the liver, the kidneys or the lungs. We understand and therefore we are more likely to be conscious about preserving the integrity of our organs. In the meantime, the same cannot be said about our cells. Our body cells are out of the realms of our understanding; they seem to be in a far-off dimension, unlike something we can identify ourselves with. In our mind, we tend to have an image that a cell is something microscopic, something having a job to do under our skin, but at the same time it feels like it is not even an elemental building block of ours. It is quite hard to conceptualize its function or what it actually does.
As hard as it may be to grasp, In actuality every single organ in our body is made up of clusters of cells
The notion of cells dying away in our body is by far not as scary or something that we would think will have serious consequences for our health as to consider having damage to our organs, or to have an unhealthy heart with irreversible effect.
The first step to peserving our health starts at a cellular level
99% of the magnesium preserves in living organisms is used by the body to help carry out the functions of the cells. It has not been more than a few decades that scientists were able to identify the ongoing processes within the cells, thus making it possible for future researchers to take into account the remaining amount of magnesium preserves, and be able to get an understanding of the role and relevance of magnesium. Before these scientific discoveries, only 1% of magnesium in the body could be studied, which was a hindrance to learning about the true importance of magnesium
Dietetics stopped ignoring the importance of magnesium, and sciences like molecular biology, biochemistry and biophysics gradually identified the intracellular processes. They managed to identify the role of ten thousand enzymes and ions that activate the enzymes, and also the amount of nutrients needed for all these processes.
Today, the importance of magnesium in the process of carbohydrate and fat metabolism, and its elemental role in the building of proteins is no secret to any scientist.
Enzymes are proteins that are produced under the right conditions, i.e. our body having the necessary amount of magnesium stores. Magnesium plays a role in the activation of more than three hundred enzymes, mainly through the process of energy production.
The composition of the cell-fluid Deserves Special concern
The relative ratio of the soluble elements of minerals, the ions is constant within the cells. If there is a lack of any of the elements, the intracellular balance of the ions will be restored, but at a less optimal level. Because of this, the functions within the cells are carried out at a slower pace.
The cells are irreversably damaged after reaching the critical point
It is a well-known fact that the different stages of life, the type of physical or mental work, the environmental impacts and defence against and adapting to them contribute to the level of nutrients in the body. The body seeks to uphold the osmotic pressure, and if there is an absence of magnesium, the organs will replace it with calcium, or, if they have no access to it, with much more harmful heavy metals such as cadmium and lead.
IF we MANAGE to restore healthy magnesium levels in the body, the heavy metals and calcium will not be absorbed
Magnesium has a so-called antagonistic effect. It means that it has a place ’reserved’ for it.
It is important to note that there are other things besides magnesium insufficiency that can lead to a state of imbalance.