Magnesium is important for many essential metabolic functions including
activating enzymes in energy production, regulation of body temperature,
synthesis of protein, and neuromuscular contraction. Magnesium also helps bind
calcium to tooth enamel to prevent tooth decay.
As with calcium, the bones act as a reservoir to magnesium; containing 65% of
it within the body. Magnesium is also found in soft tissue, muscles, and to some
extent in the body fluids.
Food sources of Magnesium include dark green leafy vegetables, whole grains,
nuts, bananas, dried apricots, avocados, and legumes.
Amino acid chelated magnesium is the most absorbable form of magnesium;
compared to magnesium bicarbonate, magnesium carbonate, and magnesium oxide.