Magnesium is a mineral that is needed for energy production in the body and the transfer of nerve impulses. Furthermore, magnesium provides strength to the skeleton and ensures a proper functioning of muscles. It also has a relaxing effect on the head.
- Important for bones and teeth (just like calcium).
- Plays a role in developing body protein and the process of cell renewal.
- Important for muscles and nervous system. So, magnesium has a beneficial effect on the heart muscle and plays a role in the transfer of impulses between nerve cells.
- Good for memory, concentration and state of mind.
- Helps in maintaining a normal balance in water and mineral management of the body.
- Helps in case of fatigue.
Magnesium is found in almost all foods. Therefore, chances are very small that a shortage will occur. In case of a prolonged magnesium shortage, symptoms such as irritation of the nerves in muscles, heart rhythm disorders, stomach cramps, fatigue, irritability and depression occur.
An excess of magnesium occurs only when using tablets containing magnesium, magnesium salts or mineral water containing a lot of magnesium. A surplus of magnesium causes mild diarrhea.
- Magnesium is characterized as anti-stress mineral.
- Magnesium is available as a supplement in the form of tablets or capsules, but also as oil to be lubricated onto the skin. This way, the gastrointestinal tract will not be strained.
- Magnesium was discovered in 1828-1831 by the French chemist Antoine Bussy.
- The term ‘magnesium’ is named after the district of Magnesia in Thessaly in Greece, where magnet ore is found.
- In the periodic table of elements, magnesium has the symbol Mg and atomic number 12. The color is shiny gray.