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Magnesium

Magnesium: Information

Magnesium is an essential mineral necessary for many important biological functions and health. Magnesium is used throughout the entire body; energy production, protein synthesis, muscle contraction, nerve conduction, and the activation of over 300 enzymes. Magnesium is particularly important for the heart, muscles, kidneys, teeth and bones.

As is the case with many minerals, it can be hard to obtain optimal amounts of magnesium from diet alone. Magnesium supplements are an inexpensive way to ensure that ample amounts of this critical nutrient are available to the body. Severe magnesium deficiency is characterized by symptoms like anxiety, nausea, irregular heart beat, insomnia, and seizures. Those most prone to deficiency are individuals suffering from bowel diseases, diabetes, pancreatitis, hyperthyroidism, kidney disorders, HIV and certain other conditions.

Magnesium's Many Health Benefits

Magnesium is used to help with muscle cramps and spasms since it has a regulating effect on muscle contraction. Since arteries contain a layer of smooth muscle, this may account for magnesium's beneficial effect on blood pressure1 and its importance in preventing stroke2. Magnesium is an especially important nutrient for diabetics3 and the elderly.4 Certain types of magnesium, such as magnesium oxide, are sometimes used to promote normal elimination by drawing water into the bowel.5 Magnesium may also enhance calcium absorption and reduce its excretion, helping to prevent bone loss.6

Using Magnesium Supplements

For best absorption and results take magnesium supplements as directed or in divided doses with solid food.

Side-effects and Cautions:

Magnesium supplements may have a laxative effect in high doses. Consult your physician before using magnesium if you are currently taking any medications.

References:
1. Nutr Clin Pract. 2008 Apr-May;23(2):142-51.
2. Nutr Clin Pract. 2008 Apr-May;23(2):142-51.
3. J Indian Med Assoc. 2007 Jan;105(1):16, 18, 20.
4. Can J Diet Pract Res. 2008 Summer;69(2):82-8.
5. Eur Radiol. 1999;9(6):1135-8.
6. Curr Rheumatol Rep. 2007 Apr;9(1):85-92.

 

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