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Magnesium - distribution and basic metabolism

J.V. Olhaberry, W.P. Leary, A.J. Reyes

Abstract


Magnesium is extensively distributed in soil, water and plants. It is essential for ehzymatic reactions requiring adenosine triphosphate, and the recommended dietary allowance in man is 5 - 10 mg/kg/d. About 50% of magnesium in man is stored in bone, where it is regulated by parathyroid hormone'and 1,25(OH)2-D3. Most of the remaining magnesium pool is intracellular, plasma magnesium accounting for less than 0,5% of the total.




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