Magnesium the Life Saver

An abundant mineral in the human body, this very important element is often over looked. To maintain healthy heart function and good energy levels, it is important to have optimum magnesium levels. Notice that this is different from RDA (recommended daily allowance) which is the bare minimum for function. It is desirable for the body to have optimum levels for the better health. Magnesium is involved in hundreds of functions helping in the production of energy and cardiovascular regulation (heart and blood vessels).

Another aspect of magnesium’s importance is recent information on the relationship of Vitamin D and magnesium from Dr John Cannell’s newsletter: http://www.vitamindcouncil.org.  Cannell talks about magnesium as a co-agent for Vitamin D. There was a study on children diagnosed with rickets who were not responding to Vitamin D treatment. When tested further, low levels of magnesium were discovered. When these levels were restored to normal, the Vitamin D therapy responded.  Magnesium’s anti-stress properties are not well recognized in medicine or by the public. It has the ability to relax smooth and skeletal muscles which includes the muscles inside blood vessels. That means low levels can be associated with high blood pressure for some. Additionally magnesium works inside cells in enzyme processes and for this fact fatigue can often be corrected by consuming adequate magnesium amounts.

A person eating a processed American diet likely is low in magnesium. The optimum dose each day needs to be more than 400-500mg per day. 1 And not surprisingly, good magnesium levels are found in the vegetable kingdom including beans, nuts and seeds. When taking a multivitamin check to see it has at least 200-300mg of Magnesium. The rest should be obtained in your daily good nutrition.

1 Elson Haas, Staying Health with Nutrition, Berkeley CA, 2008

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