Symbol: Mg

Atomic number: 12

Average atomic mass: 24.305

Magnesium is the fourth found mineral in the body and is needed to good health. Approximately 50% of total body magnesium is found in bone. The other half is for instantly inside cells of body tissues and organs. Only 1% of magnesium is found in blood, but the body works very hard to keep blood levels of magnesium constant.

Magnesium comes in many forms. Some of it’s known names are magnesium amino acid chelate, magnesium carbonate, magnesium oxide, magnesium oxide dolomite and magnesium sulfate. Bones and teeth contain about 70% of the human body's magnesium. Magnesium is essential to the functioning of the human body because it transmits nerve impulses, causes the contraction of muscels and is needed to healthy development of teeth and bones.

Magnesium can be found in a variety of dietary sources. The best dieteray source of magnesium is in the green, leafy vegetables. However, magnesium can also be found in many nuts and whole grain foods as well as soybeans. Many different varieties of seafood are also excellent sources for your intake of magnesium. In many areas, hard drinking water is also a prime source food.

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