1. Magnesium is needed for over 600 biochemical reactions in the human body and is absolutely essential to life.
2. At the centre of every chlorophyll molecule, in every green plant, there is a magnesium ion. Hence why leafy green vegetables such as spinach and kale are a great source of this essential mineral
3.The human body contains about 4-6 teaspoons of magnesium; 50 – 60% of this is found in bones and teeth. The cells of a healthy heart contain about ten times the amount of magnesium found in blood
4. Many conventional drugs interfere with magnesium absorption and retention in the body, including chemotherapy treatments, allergy and asthma medications, some antibiotics and diuretics
5. 7-11% of hospitalized patients and 65% of intensive care patients are deficient in magnesium.
6. About 13% of our planet’s entire mass comes from magnesium. This means there’s enough magnesium within earth to make a planet the same mass as Mars and still have enough left over to make three more planets the same mass as the moon. Wow!
7. Magnesium is the ninth most abundant element in the universe and the eighth most abundant element in the earth’s crust.
8. Magnesium was first discovered outside the Greek city of Magnesia. In ancient times, it was used as a natural cure in the form of Epsom salts and as a laxative.
9. Without magnesium, the body can’t produce energy, contract and relax muscles or make many vital hormones. Magnesium & sleep are closely interconnected – if magnesium levels are too low, sleep disturbance can occur.
10. Magnesium has a boiling point of 650°C and a melting point of 1090°C.