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Magnesium

Magnesium

Magnesium (Mg) is a metallic salt; it is one of the substances commonly known as mineral salts. It plays an essential role in most of the major biochemical and metabolic reactions occurring in the human body. Essential to its proper functioning, magnesium must be regularly supplied through the diet, since the body cannot synthesise it and it is naturally eliminated. Today, it is important to eat a varied and balanced diet; however, in certain circumstances and with certain daily activities, magnesium intakes may be inadequate.

Magnesium supplementation is therefore appropriate and useful for some population groups who need extra magnesium such as athletes and also people who are feeling stressed or experiencing sleep disturbances.

Stress and magnesium deficiency seem to be closely related. In cases of stress, the rise in cortisol (stress hormone) increases the urinary elimination of magnesium. Magnesium is involved in regulating the nervous system. Therefore, when magnesium excretion increases, the effects of stress are amplified, leading to nervousness, irritability, neuromuscular hyperexcitability, etc. This results in a real vicious circle of stress/magnesium loss. Magnesium supplementation then becomes necessary. 

Magnesium also plays a major role in regulating sleep. It relaxes both the nervous system and muscles. 

Magnesium is often combined with vitamin B6, which facilitates its uptake by the body.

Magnesium and vitamin B6 help reduce fatigue. Vitamin B6 supports normal psychological functions including mood.