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Nutrigenomics: Magnesium Metabolism

Posted by Athletigen on Wed, Feb 05, 2020

Fresh spinach Magnesium is an important nutrient that helps to activate hundreds of enzymes and chemical pathways in your body.

These pathways impact muscle contractions, the transmission of signals in the nervous system, heart rate, blood coagulation, the immune system, cellular energy and glucose metabolism, skeletal strength, and how efficiently you metabolize calcium and vitamin D.

Magnesium also helps regulate body temperature and stress.

Many adults lack adequate magnesium in their diet. For most, this deficiency results in increased muscle fatigue and cramping during exercise, or loss of appetite.

Your DNA affects how you metabolize magnesium and could be a contributor to magnesium deficiency.

  • The MUC1 gene, produces a protein that helps the cells in the intestine to identify magnesium and transport it into the bloodstream. Variants of MUC1 can inhibit the sensitivity of these cells, limiting how much magnesium is transported into the bloodstream.
  • DCDC5, SHROOM3, LUZP2, and PRMT7 may influence kidney functions that regulate magnesium levels.

Athletigen can tell you which variant of the above genes you have and how your DNA affects how you metabolize magnesium. Get the Nutrition Report and find out what your nutritional needs are!

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