Magnesium is a mineral that we need to obtain from our diet in order for our body to function properly. Magnesium plays a major role in energy production, enzyme function, protein and cell growth, muscle contraction and our body needs it in large amounts; it is the second most abundant element in human cells.
ATP Production and Enzyme Function
ATP is the compound that the body uses for energy. THe high energy bonds are broken in order to give energy to other reactions in the cell. But ATP needs magnesium to be made in the first place, so without magnesium our cells would not be able to fully produce the amount of ATP they need to function.
Many enzymes require ATP to function, in particular the enzymes that produce protein and build muscle. Not only do enzymes utilize ATP, but a lot of them also require magnesium as a cofactor for the reactions they catalyze. The proper function of enzymes promotes healthy metabolism and overall cell function.
DNA and RNA are the genetic code for the body to produce protein and for cells to reproduce. DNA is a very negatively charged molecule, and it utilizes magnesium as the positive charge to stabilize it. Magnesium also acts as a cofactor in the DNA repair process. A lack of magnesium in the cell can destabilize DNA and allow mutations in replicating cells to go unchecked.
How do you know if you are getting enough magnesium?
About 55% of the adult population does not meet the daily recommended value of magnesium intake. A magnesium deficiency can result in fatigue, muscle cramps, or poor sleep. Diets high in carbonated, caffeinated, or alcoholic beverages, or sweets can cause a decrease in magnesium levels or prevent magnesium from being absorbed by your body all together. OptiHealth Products XtraVite and CalX contains the proper amount of magnesium to supplement your diet with, helping you to stay in optimal health.