In our last article on Magnesium facts we stated that we were not quite done with the element. There are a lot of interesting facts about Magnesium that are still remain untold on this website. So, in this second installment, we are going to share 20 Magnesium random facts that you will not only find interesting but will also find surprising. So, let’s begin…
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1. Magnesium is essential elements required for life. In humans, there are some 300+ enzyme-related biochemical reactions that require Magnesium. These reactions take place in cellular levels. And yes, enzymes cannot function properly without magnesium.
2. Of all the minerals that are found in human body, Magnesium is the 11th most abundant mineral. Magnesium makes up 0.005% of body weight of humans.
3. Anywhere between 4 and 6 tablespoons (both upper and lower boundary included) of Magnesium is found throughout human body. Of this entire amount, only 1% is found in blood. Remaining 99% is found in cells and bones and teeth.
4. Nearly 60% of Magnesium in human body is found in bones and teeth. The element is found in crystal mineral lattice of teeth and bones.
5. Our cells have Magnesium inside them in form of positively charged ions called cations. In terms of intracellular mineral ions, Magnesium cations are 2nd most abundant in our cells. It is present in every cell in our body.
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7. Inside our body, our small intestine is responsible for absorption of Magnesium. The absorption of this mineral starts within 1 hour after we ingest food. Only between 20% and 50% of total Magnesium intake is absorbed by human body.
8. The total Magnesium distribution in our body is:
- 60% in bones and teeth.
- 39% in muscle tissues and soft tissues.
- 1% is extracellular (present in blood).
9. 20% of all intracellular Magnesium found in human body is present in skeletal muscle cells alone!
10. Just how important is Magnesium for us? Well, as we said that it is involved in over 300 biochemical reactions but the true importance of the element can be understood by the fact that if Magnesium intake is not sufficient, DNA synthesis in our body slows down. It helps in stabilizing DNA structures and also helps in repairing DNA damage.