Magnesium (red cell)
This is an important test that measures the level of magnesium in the red blood cells.
About Magnesium (red cell)
What is magnesium?
Magnesium is an important mineral for a wide range of processes in the body. Many enzymes in the body, including those which produce energy for cells, are reliant on magnesium for their activity. It also plays essential roles in nerve and muscle function, heart health, absorption of other minerals such as calcium and bone health.
Dietary magnesium can be found primarily in leafy greens, dried fruits such as apricots, nuts and seeds, whole grains and legumes. Consumption of sufficient magnesium is important for good health. Magnesium deficiency can have a profound effect on health, with symptoms including muscle cramps, fatigue, osteoporosis, mental problems, heart problems and asthma.
Excessive magnesium can result in respiratory problems, irritation and flu-like symptoms. Abnormal magnesium levels also affect calcium and potassium levels in the body.
Why take the test?
This test measures the level of magnesium in the red blood cells which can be the first indicator of magnesium deficiency. It is typically used to explain symptoms associated with excess or deficient magnesium or to investigate problems with calcium or potassium levels.
White Blood Cells
Red Blood Cells
How it works
Purchase your Kit
Just order a test online and get your kit delivered right to your door unless you are ordering a COVID-19 Fit to Fly test where you will be given appointment options to attend our clinics across the United Kingdom for a nose and throat swab PCR test at the checkout stage.
Take your test and post
Follow our simple instructions to take your sample and post back the enclosed prepaid envelope to our accredited lab for processing. We also offer home or workplace visits by a qualified nurse. For COVID-19 Fit to Fly tests you must attend one of our partner clinics for our trained collection officers to take your sample. You will then have the results emailed to you.
Get results directly to your dashboard
You will receive an email notification from our medical team when your results are available on your secure personalised health dashboard.
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