Magnesium

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magnesium

Magnesium

Magnesium is an important part of enzyme activity, especially the activity of those enzymes involved in energy production.

It also helps with calcium and potassium uptake.

A deficiency of magnesium interferes with sending nerve and muscle impulses, causing irritability and nervousness.

Supplementing your diet with magnesium can help prevent depression, dizziness, muscle weakness and twitching, and premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and also helps with keeping your body’s proper pH balance and normal body temperature.

Magnesium is necessary to prevent the calcification of soft tissue.

This essential mineral protects your arteries from stress caused by sudden blood pressure changes and plays a role in forming bones and in carbohydrate and mineral metabolism.

With vitamin B6, magnesium helps to reduce and dissolve calcium-phosphate kidney stones, and may prevent calcium-oxalate kidney stones.

Research has shown magnesium may help prevent cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and certain forms of cancer, and it may reduce cholesterol levels.

It’s effective in preventing premature labor and convulsions in pregnant women.

Studies have shown taking magnesium supplements during pregnancy has a dramatic effect in reducing birth defects.

A study reported by the Journal of the American Medical Association reported a 70% lower incidence of mental retardation in the children of mothers who had taken magnesium supplements during pregnancy.

The incidence of cerebral palsy was 90% lower.

Possible problems from magnesium deficiency include confusion, insomnia, irritability, poor digestion, rapid heartbeat, seizures, and tantrums; often, a magnesium deficiency can be synonymous with diabetes.

Magnesium deficiencies are at the root of many cardiovascular problems.

Magnesium deficiency may be a major cause of fatal cardiac arrhythmia, hypertension, and sudden cardiac arrest, as well as asthma, chronic fatigue and chronic pain syndromes, depression, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome, and pulmonary disorders.

Research has also shown magnesium deficiency may contribute to the formation of kidney stones.

Magnesium screening should be a routine test, as a low magnesium level makes nearly every disease worse.

It’s particularly important for individuals who have, or who are at risk for developing cardiovascular disease.

Sources

Magnesium is found in most foods, especially dairy products, fish, meat, and seafood.

Other rich food sources include apples, apricots, avocados, bananas, black-eyed peas, blackstrap molasses, brewer’s yeast, brown rice, cantaloupe, dulse, figs, garlic, grapefruit, green leafy vegetables, kelp, lemons, lima beans, millet, nuts, peaches, salmon, sesame seeds, soybeans, tofu, torula yeast, watercress, wheat, and whole grains.

Herbs containing magnesium include alfalfa, bladderwrack, catnip, cayenne, chamomile, chickweed, dandelion, eyebright, fennel seed, fenugreek, hops, lemongrass, licorice, mullein, nettle, oat straw, paprika, parsley, peppermint, raspberry leaf, red clover, sage, shepherd’s purse, yarrow, and yellow dock.

Comments

Drinking alcohol, the use of diuretics, diarrhea, the presence of fluoride, and high levels of zinc and vitamin D all increase your body’s need for magnesium.

Eating large amounts of fats, cod liver oil, calcium, vitamin D, and protein decrease magnesium absorption.

Fat-soluble vitamins also hinder the absorption of magnesium, as do foods high in oxalic acid, like almonds, chard, cocoa, rhubarb, spinach, and tea.

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