Magnesium is one of the nutrients that all living beings need; plants as well as animals.
In human beings, magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral to be found and is essential not only for good health but also survival.
It is the bones that store half of the body’s stores of magnesium and it is a chemical element that is required for regular functioning of the muscles and nerves, the heart, the body’s immunity system and for bone strength as well.
Magnesium is also needed for metabolism of energy and synthesis of protein. It is believed that magnesium has a role to play in the management of problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. Even organs such as kidneys, hormone-secreting glands, liver and brain rely on adequate supplies of magnesium for proper functioning.
A good source of magnesium is green leafy vegetables, particularly spinach and whole grains. Refining grain strips them of their magnesium content.
Many legumes, nuts and seeds also are good sources of this essential nutrient. In the case of a magnesium deficiency it may be advisable to drink hard rather than soft water since it is higher in magnesium content.