A mineral needed for good health
Magnesium is sometimes called the forgotten nutrient because it’s not as familiar as other nutrients such as vitamin A, B, and C, and calcium. Magnesium is critical to overall health and often is deficient in peoples’ diets.
Heather Fay of Fay Family Chiropractic in Marion said training to be a chiropractor involves studying biochemistry and learning about the body’s nutritional needs. She takes 40 hours of continuing education every year.
Fay said magnesium is a foundational element in our bodies. It operates on the cellular level, where it is broken down to create energy to carry out various functions.
“We’re constantly burning magnesium,” she said.
Magnesium helps muscles contract or relax. It can even be a weapon against depression and suicide. It affects blood vessels, tissues, and organs. A lack of magnesium can contribute to the development of many diseases.
A good diet high in dark green leafy vegetables can fulfill the body’s need for magnesium, but most people need more than what’s provided in their food, Fay said.
Levels of magnesium in a blood test do not reveal how much magnesium is present in the body’s cells. Faye can test for it by using a cuff on the leg, similar to a blood pressure cuff.
Magnesium supplements are available in capsule form or as dry powder mixed with water. They are available at local pharmacies.
Last modified March 20, 2019