Magnesium – What You Don’t Know About This Mineral Could Harm You

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By Hot Health August 28, 2016 23:11
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Magnesium – What You Don’t Know About This Mineral Could Harm You

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Why is Magnesium So Important for Your Health?

Did you know that 50 percent of the body’s magnesium is stored in the bones? The rest is found in the body’s tissues and organs. Just 1% of magnesium is present in blood.

Magnesium is essential for your health as it is the fourth most common mineral in the body and is responsible for over 300 biochemical reactions. It regulates the muscle and nerve functions of the body, is essential for strong and healthy bones and is vital for a healthy immune system.

Magnesium keeps the heart beats regular and rhythmic.  It regulates blood sugar levels and ensures that your blood pressure is normal.  It is necessary for energy metabolism and is used in the treatment of heart disease, diabetes and hypertension.


Consequences of Magnesium Deficiency

When the amount of magnesium in the body is less than it should be, it has serious consequences such as back pain, neck pain, migraine attacks, anxiety and depression, fatigue, tiredness and physical exhaustion, muscle weakness and spasms, vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, lack of appetite, abnormal heart beats and twitching of the muscles.

Magnesium deficiency is also known to cause symptoms related to diabetes and PMS. The body’s magnesium reserves get depleted faster when you feel under stress. When you feel low on magnesium, you are likely to have a strong craving for chocolate, as chocolates are rich in magnesium.


Fast Facts of The Benefits of Magnesium for Health

Magnesium has several health benefits, many of which we have already discussed. Let’s talk a bit more about why this mineral is essential for the body.


#1: Magnesium is an essential mineral that helps the body absorb calcium.  This makes magnesium absolutely important for the bones and the teeth. Presence of magnesium is directly related to the bone density. Lack of magnesium would make the bones and teeth weaker and lead to osteoporosis. Taking magnesium supplements at an early age reduces the risk of developing osteoporosis much later.


#2: Magnesium supplements are given to patients suffering from asthma attacks. Magnesium helps them to normalize their breathing, relaxes the bronchial muscles and offers relief to conditions such as wheezing and breathlessness.


#3: Magnesium is essential for the treatment of back pain as it relaxes the back muscles, relieves muscular tension lowers kidney stress. Magnesium helps with the faster absorption of calcium and is hence considered essential for the healing of backache.


#4: Magnesium is highly recommended as a cure for leg cramps and fatigue in the legs. Indeed, fatigue is an obvious symptom of lack of magnesium in the body. It prevents chronic leg cramps from occurring in the future.


#5:  Magnesium is given to women during pregnancy as it helps them tolerate the pain associated with childbirth and is considered essential for a healthy pregnancy.  In particular, magnesium sulfate is given to pregnant women prone to hypertension as it prevents eclamptic seizures.


#6: Magnesium is considered essential for the heart’s health. Deficiency of magnesium is believed to be one of the major causes of various cardiovascular diseases. It ensures that the heart beats are regular and rhythmic and protects the heart from effects of muscle stress.


#7: Magnesium prevents problems related to digestion such as vomiting, flatulence, abdominal pain, constipation and cramps that put a lot of pressure on the cardiovascular system. Indeed, many of the medications given for constipation have magnesium as one of their principal ingredients.


#8: Magnesium prevents diabetes, controls insulin reaction and regulates the blood sugar level. That’s why diabetes patients are given magnesium supplements.


#9: Magnesium supplements are given to those suffering from hypertension, high blood pressure and stress. It helps heal some of the psychiatric conditions related to stress, such as anxiety and panic attacks and had a calming effect on the mind.


#10: Migraine and headache cause a lot of suffering to millions of people around the world, but so far, nobody has been able to find a perfect cure for them. Magnesium supplements are among the best available treatments for migraines and chronic headache. 


How to Take Magnesium?


Magnesium is found in leafy green vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, and kale as well as in tomatoes, lima beans, sweet potatoes, artichokes and lima beans. Chocolate is a rich resource of it as well, as are wheat flour, bran and barley. Milk and yogurt and other dairy products contain magnesium as well. Additionally, after consulting with your physician, you may take 250-400 mg of magnesium supplements every day, with lunch or dinner.

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By Hot Health August 28, 2016 23:11
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