ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE CABINET The average daily recommended amount for magnesium is between 400 and 420 mg for men and between 310 and 320 mg for women—but more than half of the US population is magnesium deficient. And while so many of us are already not getting enough of this major mineral, consuming coffee, colas, salt, sugar, and alcohol depletes magnesium in the body even further.
Magnesium is a cofactor of more than 300 enzyme systems. It helps the body process other important vitamins and minerals, including calcium, vitamin D, and vitamin K2. Research suggests the importance of an equal ratio of calcium to magnesium for calcium to be used efficiently. Further, magnesium is needed to create glutathione, the body's most powerful antioxidant.
Magnesium plays a role in a healthy lifestyle for several other reasons, too.
BONES. Magnesium composes a significant part of bone mass. It helps stimulate hormone production responsible for bone development and suppresses hormones