Magnesium is one of seven essential macrominerals. It is a naturally occurring mineral that is involved in over 300 metabolic processes in the body. Many people in the United States do not get the amount of magnesium the body really needs to be efficient. The adult body can store about 25 grams of magnesium. 50-60% is stored in the skeletal system while the rest is stored in muscle, soft tissues, and bodily fluids.
Calcium and magnesium work together and should be taken in balance. The muscles "work" with calcium and "rest" with magnesium.
High in anti-inflammatory properties
Necessary for the proper transportation of calcium across cell membranes
Lowers the risk of stroke
Lowers risk of diabetes
Promotes normal heart rhythm
Promotes normal muscle contraction
Vital for energy production
Aids calcium in potassium uptake
Necessary for transmission of nerve and muscle impulses
Prevents calcification of tissues
Reduces birth defects
Protects lining of arteries from stress of blood pressure changes
Aids in carbohydrate and mineral metabolism
Aids in maintaining proper pH
Aids in maintaining normal body temperature
Helps with PMS symptoms
Lowers fevers, cooling to the brain and liver
Signs of Deficiency
Mood swings, tantrums
Irritability, being fidgety
Poor heart health
High blood pressure
Type II diabetes
Formation of kidney stones
Deterioration of bones and teeth
Dark, leafy green vegetables
Red raspberry leaf
Studies show magnesium can reduce the risk of colorectal cancer by 13 percent.
Magnesium levels that are too high or too low can be dangerous.
Too much magnesium can cause diarrhea and cramping, weakness, nausea, loss of appetite and change in a person’s mental state. There is a greater risk of toxicity for people with kidney failure who cannot eliminate enough magnesium.
Large amounts of protein, cod liver oil, fats, calcium, and vitamin D can decrease magnesium absorption.
Flouride, diuretics, diarrhea, and the consumption of alcohol increase the need for magnesium.
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