October’s Mineral of the Month: Magnesium

In this century of technology, health has become a very important issue. Many people are trying to exercise more and watch how they eat, and I am a complete supporter of health in society. So, I’m going to start writing health posts! This time I’m going write about a certain mineral that is absolutely vital for your health – Magnesium.


With an atomic number of twelve and an atomic weight of 24.305 u ± 0.0006 u, magnesium takes its place as number twelve among the endless ranks of elements in the periodic table. Although it was identified by Joseph Black in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1755, as an official element, it was not until nearly 200 years after its initial discovery that Sir Humphrey Davy isolated this element in 1808, but let’s back up. The first discovery of magnesium occurred in 1618 by Henry Wicker, a farmer in England, who’s cows refused to drink the bitter water coming from a certain well, so you could very well say that the cows discovered it, but I digress. The farmer was keen enough to realize that, despite the terrible taste, the water had an almost magical healing effect on scratches and rashes. Eventually, the compound in the water was identified as magnesium sulphate. Fast forward to Sir Humphrey Davy and you have the very first name given to this element – magnium. Later, the name was modified to magnesium – which refers to the district of Magnesia in Greece where magnesium carbonate was first discovered.

Since it is an essential mineral, magnesium has many health benefits. Magnesium aids in preventing constipation, eclamptic seizures, and asthma by keeping your nerves and muscles strong. Additionally, magnesium assists cells in protein synthesis and maintaining a balanced metabolism. Because magnesium helps to sustain a normal, rhythmic heartbeat, doctors will often utilize it to treat heart palpitation irregularities. Finally, some other health benefits of magnesium include reduced chance of osteoporosis, diabetes, and back aches. Thankfully, this miracle mineral can be easily found in common foods such as spinach, tomatoes, whole grains, artichokes, lima beans, fish, yogurt, and most importantly, chocolate. Because of its numerous health benefits and natural ubiquitous nature, magnesium ought to be a crucial aspect of every your daily diet.

Resource: magnesiumsquare.com
Further Reading: naturalife.org

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