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Mighty Magnesium

Written By Go Vita

While it doesn’t hit the news as often as calcium and iron, magnesium may be one of the most important minerals for good health.

Your body contains a very small amount of magnesium – less than 30 grams – but this mineral is vital for almost all body functions. Even more important is the fact that most people are likely to be deficient in magnesium because it is easily depleted in the body.

 

For example, stress rapidly reduces magnesium levels; so do some medications, certain diseases and physical activity; if you eat a lot of processed and refined foods, you are unlikely to be obtaining sufficient magnesium from your diet.

10 top reasons to supplement

Magnesium is involved in energy production, nerve function, muscle relaxation, and bone and tooth formation. Research shows that it is also of benefit for.

1. Heart health

Heart health: Studies have suggested that magnesium may help relax blood vessels, potentially improving blood flow to the heart. While further research is needed to fully understand the extent of magnesium's impact on heart health, its potential benefits make it a mineral worth considering for maintaining a healthy cardiovascular system.le fat and cholesterol may increase their risk of neurodegenerative disease, immune dysfunction and increased mortality. 

2. Anxiety and stress

Magnesium deficiency may enhance stress reactions, and emotional stress, especially anxiety, has been shown to increase the body's requirements for magnesium. Taking a supplement may be of assistance for sufferers of anxiety.

3. Asthma

Magnesium may be of benefit for people with asthma because low dietary intakes of magnesium are associated with poorer lung function.

4. Blood sugar

Studies show magnesium manages insulin and carbohydrate metabolism; it may help your cells use insulin more effectively. It appears those who consume less magnesium have poorer blood sugar regulation.

5. High blood pressure

Magnesium supplements may play a role in helping to reduce hypertension, or high blood pressure. Other nutritional agents which may also help are fish oil and coenzyme Q10.

6. Headaches

There is some evidence that magnesium deficiency may play part in the development of hronic headaches. Migraine has also been related to low magnesium levels and magnesium deficiency. Taking a supplement may help to prevent headaches and may be of particular benefit for women who suffer from premenstrual migraines.

7. Osteoporosis

Magnesium is an important mineral for bone health because it facilitates the incorporation of calcium into bone; it is also associated with higher bone mass.

8. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

There is some evidence that patients with chronic fatigue symptoms will often have low levels of magnesium, and taking a supplement may improve energy and mood.

9. ADHD

There is good evidence that many children do not receive adequate amounts of key nutrients in their diets, including magnesium, which is required for brain function and is known to affect mood. Studies show that some children with ADHD have low levels of magnesium, as well as B-group vitamins.

10. Menstrual Pain

There is good evidence that many children do not receive adequate amounts of key nutrients in their diets, including magnesium, which is required for brain function and is known to affect mood. Studies show that some children with ADHD have low levels of magnesium, as well as B-group vitamins.

Information presented is for information purposes only and is not intended to replace advice or treatment from qualified healthcare professionals. The information is not intended to treat or diagnose. Always consult your healthcare professional before taking nutritional or herbal supplements. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, have any allergies or diagnosed conditions, or are taking prescription medications, always consult your healthcare professional before taking nutritional or herbal supplements.