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Magnesium... is a key player in protein synthesis


Magnesium supports the formation of protein synthesis which is essential for balancing the fluids and structures in your body as well as facilitating growth and maintenance.


In severe Mg deficiency developing over 4 months, total protein synthesis in spleen and thymus was depressed by 40% to 50%, while DNA synthesis was increased by as much as 350%. RNA synthesis was not significantly altered. In the intact liver, DNA synthesis was increased and RNA synthesis reduced, but protein synthesis was unchanged. The regeneration of the liver after partial hepatectomy was impaired, however, which suggested that the capacity of the liver protein synthetic system was reduced. The effects of magnesium deficiency were unaltered by the ingestion of ethanol that comprised approximately 25% of total energy. Each of the organs enlarged in Mg deficiency, and the spleen was strikingly hyperplastic. The increase in splenic DNA synthesis in the presence of depressed protein synthesis may be an early stage in a lymphoproliferative process leading ultimately to neoplasia.



If you'd like to read more about this Friday fact, check out this website: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/925766


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