The human body is easily comparable to a machine that rumbles on and on, day in and day out, every day to establish normalcy in our being. As it would be highly unlikely to keep tabs on the millions of reactions that occur inside us, it would be clever on one's part to say that we, at this very moment, act as a host for hundreds of thousands of biochemical reactions.
The minerals that are accountable for such reactions are numerous in number. For instance, magnesium, ( oxygen is the most abundant element in the human body) is one of the vital elements of the human body that is said to instigate more that 300 biochemical reactions. With illuminating researches being carried out in full throttle, the numbers are only going to surge.
Magnesium ions instigate metabolic, biochemical and multiple kinds of reactions by acting as enzyme cofactors. These ions give helping hand to enzymes, which are depended on molecules and ions like magnesium to find stability in order to catalyse biological reactions. Without cofactors like magnesium ions, enzymies, despite being alive, may not be active, slowing down the reactions. Magnesium normally exists in the bone and inside cells of body tissues and organs. It is an essential element in most processes in the body. It helps maintain normal muscle and nerve function, keeping bones strong, controls the heartbeat and helps regulate blood pressure. Magnesium also balances blood sugar levels and helps support the immune system.
In simplest of words, magnesium is an absolute necessity for us. Having said that, magnesium is not a mineral that should be taken like a dosage of the drug in times of need. It is more of an obligatory block for the body's wellbeing. Much similar to proteins, fats, and vitamins, the human body must maintain adequacy in this regard. A healthy diet, in certain conditions, proves sufficient to maintain an appropriate level of mercury in our body. Green vegetables like spinach; whole grains, and nuts are a rich source of Magnesium. On the other hand, high levels of magnesium and other heavy metals like cadmium, lead, and arsenic in the body has to be detoxified as they can have unfavourable effects on our immune system and other vital organs like brain, kidney, and lungs.
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The test analyses and monitors levels of Magnesium present in the blood using the reagent xylidyl blue. Altered levels of magnesium are noted in diabetics, alcoholics, diuretics; patients observed with hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, malabsorption, hyperalimentation, myocardial infarction, congestive heart failure, liver cirrhosis, renal failure, Addison’s disease, and vitamin D intoxication. It helps in the diagnosis and treatment of the conditions above.
The deviation of the magnesium level in the body from the expected levels has multiple tell-tale signs to exhibit that can give stark notions as to why it's imperative to take up the magnesium test.
Preparatory instructions before the test *:
Specimen type: Serum (Blood Sample),
Specimen collection procedure: Venipuncture (Collection of blood from a vein, usually from the arm)
|1.7 to 2.2 mg/dL||Normal|
‘*A Reference range is a set of values which helps the healthcare professional to interpret a medical test. It may vary with age, gender, and other factors. Reference ranges may also vary between labs, in value & units depending on instruments used and method of establishment of reference ranges’
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