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The role of Magnesium & Trace Elements

The role of Magnesium & Trace Elements

Mental illness can affect every aspect of a person’s life, and of all the varying types of mental illnesses, depression and anxiety are the most common disorders in Canada: with 3.2 million Canadians suffering from symptoms of depression, 2.4 million experiencing anxiety, and 1.2 million suffering with both anxiety and depression, simultaneously.

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Electrolytes

Electrolytes

Electrolytes are the charged substances that result when a salt is dissolved in solution. These positive and negatively charged ions can conduct electricity, and are thus referred to as “electrolytes.” For instance, common table salt is sodium chloride (NaCl). When dissolved in water (or blood), it separates into a positively charged sodium ion (Na+) and a negatively charged chloride ion (Cl-). Important electrolytes for physiological functions in humans include sodium (Na+), potassium (K+), magnesium (Mg2+), and chloride (Cl-).

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Magnesium

Magnesium

Magnesium has an effect on many cellular functions, including transport of calcium and potassium, DNA and protein synthesis, energy metabolism, and blood sugar maintenance. It is also important for normal neurological and muscular function, including key involvement in cardiac and smooth muscle contractions (Groff, Gropper et al., 1995).

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