7 Weird Ways Magnesium Affects Your Body, According To Science

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Magnesium doesn't necessarily get a lot of attention; we don't hear as much about how necessary it is compared to say, calcium or vitamin D. And yet magnesium is one of the most essential minerals in the human body, affecting huge quantities of daily functioning. The National Institute of Health explains that over 300 biochemical processes in the body, including our bones, hearts, immune system and many more, can't work without a good dose of magnesium. Most of us get our magnesium intake from diet, but what does magnesium actually do in the body? The answer is complex, and some of its responsibilities are, frankly, a little weird.

Magnesium is being investigated for its medical possibilities, not just for helping normal bodily functions but for making new devices. Scientists in 2014 made a magnesium surgical implant that could biodegrade over time, solving the problem of having metal in the body long-term. It's also so important to so many bodily processes that we're discovering new things about how it works all the time; we only found out in 2016, for example, that the bacteria that transport magnesium around the body are so hugely sensitive they could detect a few grams of magnesium in a swimming pool. We're magnesium-driven creatures; these are just some of the oddest things the mineral does in our bodies.