An average person weights 70 kilograms. A light silvery-white metal contributes to one-tenth of a percent of this mass (0.36%). It amounts to paltry 25 grams. Insignificant – you may be compelled to say. Wait. Do not let this small number fool you.

Magnesium participates in 300 biochemical reactions in the body. A slight deficiency of this metal makes blood pressure go awry and bowel moments uncontrollable.

Slight deficiency of magnesium affects the rhythm of the heart and even the strength of the bones. A severe deficiency can lead to serious illnesses – including kidney diseases and cancer.

Despite its well-documented importance and the health benefits of magnesium, the eighth most popular metal on the planet has not captured popular imagination.

Nearly everyone has heard about calorie-free foods, vitamin supplements, and protein supplements. An awareness about magnesium supplements pales in comparison.

After all, when was the last time you heard someone talking about magnesium supplements as opposed to vitamin or protein supplements?

This step-motherly treatment is rather surprising in light of what experts are saying – many Americans are not taking the recommended amount of magnesium through food.

Up to 350 milligrams of magnesium a day is sufficient for most adults. Fibre-rich foods such as legumes, whole-grain cereals, broccoli, green leafy vegetables, and even hard water are good sources of magnesium.

Supplements are yet another source of magnesium. They are commonly used when body needs a large of magnesium in a short period.

Doctors usually recommend magnesium supplements to relieve patients of constipation. Supplements are also used to treat kidney stones, diabetes, and skin diseases.

It will not be wrong to say that there is not another element which is so important for the body, and so thoroughly ignored. Magnesium is the underdog which does plenty of work but gets little recognition.