Yardley: Dietary Magnesium: New Research

Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body and is essential to good health. Approximately 50% of total body magnesium is found in bone. The other half is found predominantly inside cells of body tissues and organs. Only 1% of magnesium is found in blood, but the body works very hard to keep blood levels of magnesium constant. Magnesium is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. It helps maintain normal muscle and nerve function, keeps heart rhythm steady, supports a healthy immune system, and keeps bones strong. Magnesium also helps regulate blood sugar levels, promotes normal blood pressure, and is known to be involved in energy metabolism and protein synthesis. There is an increased interest in the role of magnesium in preventing and managing disorders such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. Dietary magnesium is absorbed in the small intestines. Magnesium is excreted through the kidney. This new book presents the latest research in the field.
Book features
Chapter 1 - Magnesium is an essential mineral with several dietary sources including whole-grains, green leafy vegetables, legumes, and nuts. This article provides a systematic review of the current literature from human population studies on dietary magnesium intake and a host of metabolic disorders, focusing primarily on the role of magnesium intake in the development of metabolic syndrome, type 2 DM, hypertension, CVD, and colorectal cancer.
Chapter 2 - Asthma is a chronic, inflammatory disorder of the airways leading to airflow limitation. The link with magnesium status and chronobiology are well established. The treatment of asthma involves the maintenance of conventional dosing schedule of anti-asthma drugs, a balanced magnesium intake and the appropriate treatment of the chronopathological disorders.
Chapter 3 - Magnesium deficiency in pregnant women is frequently seen because of inadequate or low intake of magnesium. Magnesium deficiency during pregnancy can induce not only maternal and fetal nutritional problems, but also consequences that might last in offspring throughout life.
Chapter 4 - People with metabolic syndrome, a cluster of obesity, high blood pressure, dyslipidemia, and hyperglycemia, have at increased risk for cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
Chapter 5 - An increasing body of evidence suggests that low vitamin D status may impair both insulin secretion and action, ultimately increasing the risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM).
Chapter 6 - Plant and crop nutrition drives all terrestrial food-webs. Nutrient composition of crops can be manipulated through agronomy and genetics to optimize the delivery of essential minerals to humans and livestock.
Chapter 7 - The ruminal epithelium is a stratified squamous epithelium that has evolved to display functions essential for the unique ability of cows and sheep to ferment dietary components like carbohydrates and protein, and to selectively absorb nutrients and minerals for the production of milk.
Chapter 8 - The role of trace elements in the pathogenesis of liver cirrhosis and its complications is still not clearly understood. Zinc, copper, manganese and magnesium are essential trace elements whose role in liver cirrhosis and its complications is still a matter of research.

Book Details
  • Hardcover: 257 pages
  • Publisher: Nova Science Pub Inc; 1 edition (October 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606921096
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606921098
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 7.2 x 0.8 inches
List Price: $98.00

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