Magnesium is a mineral that is required for the proper growth and
formation of human bones, muscle tissues, and enzymes. It is used to convert
carbohydrates, fats, and proteins into energy. It is involved in the transmission of
nervous system impulses, and assists in the uptake of calcium and potassium essential to
controlling blood pressure.
The body's relative balance of magnesium and calcium has a profound impact on health as
these two minerals must work smoothly together to insure proper muscle control. Calcium is
involved in stimulating muscle contraction, and magnesium is required to allow the muscles
to relax. Both an excess intake of calcium or a magnesium deficiency can result in poor
muscle coordination, irritability and nervousness. Magnesium also helps to prevent
depression, muscle weakness and twitching, heart disorders, and high blood pressure.