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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

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