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Magnesium


Magnesium



Because of the important interaction between phosphate and 
magnesium ions, magnesium ions are essential to the basic nucleic 
acid chemistry of life, and thus are essential to all cells of all 
known living organisms. Over 300 enzymes require the presence 
of magnesium ions for their catalytic action, including all enzymes 
utilizing or synthesizing ATP, or those that use other nucleotides
 to synthesize DNA and RNA. ATP exists in cells normally as 
a chelate of ATP and a magnesium ion.

Magnesium is a vital component of a healthy human diet. Human
magnesium deficiency (including conditions that show few overt 
symptoms) is relatively common, with only 32% of the United 
States meeting the RDA-DRI;[17] low levels of magnesium in 
the body has been associated with the development of a number 
of human illnesses such as asthma, diabetes, and osteoporosis.

Excess magnesium in the blood is freely filtered at the kidneys,
and for this reason it is difficult to overdose on magnesium from 
dietary sources alone.[18] With supplements, overdose is possible, 
however, particularly in people with poor renal function; 
occasionally, with use of high cathartic doses of magnesium salts, 
severe hypermagnesemia has been reported to occur even 
without renal dysfunction.[26] Alcoholism can produce a 
magnesium deficiency, which is easily reversed by oral or 
parenteral administration, depending on the degree of deficiency.

Recent studies have shown a tight linkage between living 
organisms and minerals on this planet. This has let to the
redefinition of minerals as "an element or compound, amorphous 
or crystalline, formed through 'biogeochemical' processes. The 
addition of `bio' reflects a greater appreciation, although an 
incomplete understanding, of the processes of mineral formation 
by living forms."[17]:621 Biologists and geologists have only 
recently started to appreciate the magnitude of mineral 
biogeoengineering. Bacteria have contributed to the formation 
of minerals for billions of years and critically define the 
biogeochemical mineral cycles on this planet. Microorganisms 
can precipitate metals from solution contributing to the formation 
of ore deposits in addition to their ability to catalyze mineral 
dissolution, to respire, precipitate, and form minerals.


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