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Magnesium Is the Next Big Thing for Luxury Cars, but Did You Know It's Also Good for Your Health?

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Today a news release reveals that Birmingham City University is going to help find a more economical way to manufacture magnesium components. But the miraculous element doesn't just do wonders for the environment, it also does wonders for your body.


Magnesium is the least-weighing structural material, and it's 100 percent recyclable and is one of the most abundant element on earth. It's pretty much one of the best materials to use to make cars given that it's environmentally friendly and it weighs 75 percent less than steel and 35 percent less than aluminum, which means it will make cars weigh less, which leads to lower fuel costs.

But for some reason using magnesium to manufacture cars costs more than using other less efficient materials. These academics from Birmingham City University are trying to figure out why. They say that theoretically, magnesium should be cheaper to use than other metals because you can reuse the magnesium in junk cars by crushing it down into magnesium tablets in the health industry.

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But how healthy are magnesium supplements? As you probably know, magnesium is one of your body's main electrolytes. According to the National Institutes of Health, magnesium is used by your nerves and muscles, and plays a role in lowering your blood pressure and sugar levels. Doctors say you need more and more magnesium as you age – you start out needing only 30 milligrams of magnesium when you're born and that amount skyrockets to 420 milligrams when you reach your thirties and beyond.

But researchers found that most Americans, especially adolescent girls, are not getting the recommended daily amounts of magnesium. But they also found that people who regularly take supplements have a higher rate of satisfying their daily magnesium requirements. So if magnesium-made cars are recycled into magnesium supplements, that will make the cost for both cars and health supplements go down, which makes them more accessible to the average American. This boosts the likelihood that more people will be getting their daily magnesium.

Supplementing with magnesium has also been found to lower your chances of suddenly dying from a cardiac event by over 30 percent. Magnesium supplements have also been found to help with depression and insomnia, and help boost your mental wellbeing because your body uses it to make serotonin, which combats stress and plays an integral role in your mood.

If these academics are able to make it easier for car manufacturers to use magnesium in their production, then both cars and health supplements will be cheaper and both people and the environment will be healthier and happier.