Magnesium is an essential mineral which is absolutely vital for the balance of our system. Its functions are many and varied: it is important for the formation of bones and teeth, and crucial for the balance of the nervous system and for transmitting electrical messages. As a result, the required daily intake of magnesium is higher for people who are under physical and/or mental stress, for those with excessive alcohol or cigarette consumption, and for people taking laxatives and diuretics.
Magnesium is also involved in the processes associated with the Nervous, Skeletal, Muscular and Circulatory systems. Unlike iron and calcium, there are no overdose contraindications, and it can therefore be taken by everybody. It is of particular benefit for those suffering from stress, anxiety, irritability, depression or insomnia, but also for muscular cramps, to encourage bone development after fractures, and for use by athletes.
The most noticeable and common symptoms of deficiency are: