Here’s a fun fact for you: Magnesium is the eighth most abundant element in the planet’s crust, but it is also the eleventh most abundant element in the human body in terms of mass, because magnesium ions can be found in every single cell that we’re comprised of. Not surprisingly, magnesium is needed for more than 500 biochemical reactions within the human body, so if you’re not getting the recommended 250-350 mg of magnesium per day, your body is going to suffer.
Unfortunately, magnesium doesn’t get the same amount of attention that calcium, vitamin D, and vitamin C do when speaking about nutrition and health. Unless you are in the science field, you probably rarely think about magnesium; but with it being so essential to our optimal functioning, you need to understand exactly what magnesium does and why you should be concerned about how much you are consuming.
Here are all the weird (and interesting) ways magnesium affects your body, according to science:
Regulates Your Internal Clock
In 2016, scientists found that magnesium is a necessary component of our internal body clock. Another 2016 study found that magnesium is vital for cells for maintaining their own rhythms. Levels of magnesium elevate and fall over 24-hour periods, helping with sleep regulation. Disrupting the essential levels of magnesium in the body also means messing up your natural rhythm.
In other words, even the slightest amount of sleep deprivation or jet-lag could affect your levels of magnesium and will leave your circadian rhythms feeling off for a few days. One of the best things you can do in this situation is eat magnesium-rich foods to ensure you keep your clock’s pendulum swinging.
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