How magnesium helps you move
Whether you are a supreme athlete, a daily walker or a weekend cyclist, your body undergoes the same processes to help it move. There are many organ systems involved in exercise and all of them require magnesium (Mg) to function properly.10,18
Your brain coordinates movement and manages your body’s responses and it requires a large amount of energy to do this.18 It sends signals via the spinal cord and nerves to the rest of your body, telling it to move.22 Your heart and lungs must increase their performance to pump more blood and oxygen around the body23 and your muscles have to contract and relax often. Magnesium is involved in all of these processes and is involved in the energy production to support all these functions,10,18 so it is not surprising that physically active people have higher magnesium requirements than inactive people.18
In the next upcoming blog, learn how endurance exercise can deplete magnesium levels.