What Is Magnesium?

“All life on this planet is due to magnesium,” said Burton M. Altura, PhD, a professor of Physiology and Pharmacology at SUNY Downstate. It’s not an overstatement. The earth’s mantle is composed primarily of silicon, oxygen and — you guessed it — magnesium. Green plants, so vital to all life on Earth, need magnesium to conduct photosynthesis, the process by which plants convert water and carbon dioxide into oxygen and carbohydrates, releasing oxygen to our air. Magnesium is, in a word, fundamental.

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Matthew Ankeny