Sunday, August 26, 2012

Health Benefits of Magnesium

1. Magnesium may reverse osteoporosis:
Multiple research studies conducted have suggested that calcium and magnesium supplementation improves bone mineral density. Magnesium deficiency alters calcium metabolism and the hormones that regulate calcium, resulting in osteoporosis. Intake of recommended levels of magnesium is important because it averts osteoporosis.

2. Magnesium prevents a variety of cardiovascular diseases: One of the most important benefits of magnesium is that it is associated with lowering the risk of coronary heart diseases. Dietary surveys have suggested that sufficient magnesium intake may reduce the chance of having a stroke. Magnesium deficiency increases the risk of abnormal heart rhythms, which increases the risk of complications after a heart attack. Therefore, consuming recommended amounts of magnesium dietary supplements may be beneficial to the cardiovascular system.

3. Magnesium regulates high blood pressure (Hypertension):
Magnesium plays a key role in regulating blood pressure naturally. Magnesium supplements and a diet including plenty of fruits and vegetables, which are good sources of potassium and magnesium, are consistently associated with lowering blood pressure.

4. Magnesium treats diabetes:
Studies show that individuals with a magnesium deficiency have a risk of developing type-2 diabetes and severe diabetic retinopathy. Magnesium aids in carbohydrate metabolism and influences the release and activity of insulin, thereby controlling blood glucose levels. It has been proven that for every 100 milligrams of increase in magnesium daily intake, there was a 15 percent decrease in the risk of developing type-2 diabetes.

5. Magnesium treats migraines, insomnia, leg cramps and depression:
The numerous magnesium health benefits also include the treatment of migraines, insomnia, jumpy legs or leg cramps and symptoms of depression. Magnesium is also known to cure severe forms of psychiatric dysfunctions including panic attacks, stress, anxiety, and undue agitations. Magnesium supplements considerably reduce the severity of such attacks and may also help in reducing the rate of recurrence. 

6.  It's important to get the right kind of magnesium:
Magnesium is available in many forms and this can be quite confusing but not all forms of magnesium are as readily bio-available to your body.  Obviously the best method of increasing magnesium is to increase your daily intake of dark leafy greens and bitter herbs.  The easiest method for getting these bitters into your diet is to implement them into your smoothies (there are many recipes on this blog, key "smoothie" into the search box to pull them up).  There are two other preferred magnesium supplements.  They are magnesium citrate and magnesium malate.  Both of these forms of magnesium are more easily absorbed and therefore available for the body to use.  Interestingly, magnesium malate helps to alleviate stress and is used often for people who suffer with fibromyalgia.  Fibromyalgia is a poorly understood disease characterized by fatigue, muscle pain, stiffness, headache and memory problems, and may be linked to low magnesium levels.

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