In my recent web searching for more information on magnesium and its role in the body, I came across this information:
1) Magnesium is required for more than 300 different biochemical reactions in the body and helps to maintain normal muscle and nerve function.
2) In the muscle, magnesium is important in the development of cell membranes and is a required element in the transport of potassium and calcium across those cell membranes.
3) Magnesium plays an important role in the contraction and relaxation of muscle; it is responsible for the delivery of potassium and calcium, which are directly responsible for the conduction of nerve impulses, muscle contraction and the normal rhythm of your heart.
4) Magnesium is also essential for maintaining muscle strength throughout life. Evidence from athletes supports a role for magnesium in avoiding damage to muscle cells. Muscle mass and function can be compromised in older age, a condition known as Sarcopenia.
5) Recent research, from the University of Palermo, has shown a significant relationship between measures of muscle strength - grip strength, lower-leg muscle power, knee rotation, and ankle strength and magnesium.
In another study, researchers report that a loss of magnesium may contribute to loss of muscle mass in older people. Muscle strength testing and function were evaluated in over 1,100 men and women with an average age of 67.
The researchers found there was a very strong relationship between magnesium levels and muscle function after adjusting for other factors. They reported that individuals with higher magnesium levels generally had a stronger hand grip, more power in their legs and were able to extend their knees and ankles with more force.
So, as we continue to see Magnesium is the Body's Master Mineral and has the upmost importance when it comes to the functions of our muscles.
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