What is magnesium?

Magnesium is an important building block in the human organism. Find out why.

Magnesium is one of the so-called essential substances and plays a role in over 600 metabolic processes in our body. However, this vital mineral cannot be produced by the body. For instance, it regulates the interaction between muscles and nerves, thereby ensuring that the entire musculature is working smoothly. Thus, is essential for all energy-dependent processes in the human organism.

Magnesium – a building block of life

Magnesium is found abundantly in nature, especially in the earth’s crust, but also in seawater and in the chlorophyll of all green plants. The human organism contains around 26g of magnesium, most of which (60%) is stored in the bones, contributing to bone strength. Magnesium also plays an important role in cell division and in the functioning of the nervous system.

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Although magnesium is commonly found in many plant and animal foods, their magnesium content varies considerably. Legumes, nuts and cereals are rich in magnesium, and mineral water is also a source of the mineral. 

What is magnesium good for?

According to the German Nutrition Society (DGE) and the Food and Nutrition Board (FNB)*, adults should take between 300 mg and 400 mg of magnesium a day, depending on their age and gender. If the body gets too little of the mineral, a deficiency can manifest itself in many ways. Calf and muscle cramps are a common symptom, but muscle weakness, headaches, tiredness and cardiac arrhythmia can also occur. 

People who exercise regularly or are under a lot of stress also require more magnesium than most, as do women who are breastfeeding or going through the menopause.

*Food and Nutrition Board (FNB) at the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies (USA)

Organic magnesium citrate

Organic magnesium citrate naturally occurs in the human body, so it is very easily absorbed and fast-acting. This is why almost all Magnesium-Diasporal® products contain biocompatible magnesium citrate.