Magnesium is one of many essential minerals found in Himalayan Salt and it provides very significant benefits for the body. One of the main constituents of living matter, magnesium helps to regulate the activity of more than 300 different enzymes in the human body. Magnesium deficiency has been linked to a number of health problems including the following:
So what exactly does magnesium in Himalayan Salt do in the body?
Magnesium is a type of mineral that has a charge of plus 2 when broken down in the body- that makes it a divalent cation. The main role of this cation is to regulate enzyme take place in the body without damaging the surrounding tissues with heat or acid production. If magnesium were not present to regulate these reactions, they could wreak havoc on the body and cause very real damage.
Magnesium is also an important element in the production of energy in the body. ATP, adenosine triphosphate, is the type of energy your cells use to reproduce, to synthesize proteins and to transport substance. Without magnesium, units of ATP could not be efficiently metabolized and used for energy. This is why magnesium deficiency often leads to the calcification of bones and tissues as well as muscular symptoms like cramps and spasms.
In reference to the previous section, magnesium also plays a role in fluid balance, the concentration of magnesium must be high inside the cell and low outside the cell. Magnesium also plays a role in balancing sodium-potassium levels, as you will read in the next section. For all of the reasons discussed, having adequate levels of magnesium in your body is very important- particularly in conjunction with sodium and potassium levels. Himalayan Salt contains magnesium at a concentration of 0.16g/kg.
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