Scientific literature provides extensive evidence of widespread magnesium deficiency and the potential need for magnesium repletion in diverse medical conditions. Magnesium is an essential element required as a cofactor for over 300 enzymatic reactions and is therefore necessary for the biochemical functioning of numerous metabolic pathways. Inadequate magnesium status may impair biochemical processes dependent on sufficiency of this element. Emerging evidence confirms that nearly two-thirds of the population in the western world are not achieving the recommended daily allowance for magnesium, a deficiency problem contributing to various health conditions.1
According to a recent review paper, produced by a collaboration between the School of Dentistry and the University of Rwanda College of Medicine & Health Sciences and Harvard University, metabolism of vitamin D may be ineffective in people who are deficient in magnesium.
The review, is published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. The study concluded that “magnesium assists in the activation of vitamin D, which helps regulate calcium and phosphate homeostasis to influence the growth and maintenance of bones and that it is therefore essential to ensure that the recommended amount of magnesium is consumed to obtain the optimal benefits of vitamin D”2. Therefore, magnesium also plays a vital role in calcium metabolism.
With the arrival of the summer, it is important to maintain the appropriate levels of magnesium in the body. Scientific research also shows that Magnesium helps the body with temperature regulation and it is also a key mineral for exercise recovery.
1 Gerry et al. The Importance of Magnesium in Clinical Healthcare. Scientifica (Cairo)v.2017; 2017PMC5637834. doi: 10.1155/2017/4179326
2 Uwitonze et al. Role of Magnesium in Vitamin D Activation and Function. PMID: 29480918 DOI: 10.7556/jaoa.2018.037