Minerals are essential elements for the correct function of the organism. They are deemed to be micronutrients, given that they are necessary in small proportions and their role is vital for carrying out and regulating the diverse internal operation in our body. The quantity of minerals to be consumed will depend on the activity of each person, with most demanding sector being athletes.
Likewise, any other group should know the minimum daily amounts needed of diverse minerals, in order to ensure maintenance of correct state of health. Magnesium is one of the most abundant minerals in the human body, and amongst its notable functions are:
- Structural function, performing this function on the cell membranes and chromosomes, and therefore on the skeleton.
- Production of energy, via its participation in the synthesis of ATP that takes place within the mitochondria.
- Transportation and signalling, as its presence is required for the movement of ions, such as potassium and sodium through the cell membranes, whilst influencing cellular migration, thereby leading to cicatrisation of wounds, for example.
- Support for osteoporosis symptoms, given that it helps to stabilize calcium.
- Control of certain circulatory diseases (hypertension, thrombosis, heart attacks).
- Helps improve matters for people with type 2 diabetes, as it adequately stabilizes blood sugar levels, and is similarly necessary for prevention of this disease.
- Magnesium together with calcium intervene in the production of neurotransmitters, which make them effective natural sedatives for the nervous system. Magnesium malate improves the bioavailability of this mineral.