Potential Benefits: One half of the body's supply of the Magnesium mineral can be found in the bones. The cells that make up the body's organs and other body tissues store the balance, except for the small amount that's found in the blood.
Like Calcium and Phosphorus, Magnesium is needed to properly develop and maintain the skeletal system. Specifically, Magnesium is crucial to the body's ability to absorb calcium and it also helps regulate calcium levels.
In addition, it helps to regulate the heart's rhythm which reduces the risks of developing arrhythmia's.
Magnesium also helps to reduce blood pressure, greatly lowering the risks associated with heart disease. It is also been seen to drastically reduce symptoms of asthma attacks and reduce recovery time by two thirds
Description: Magnesium is one of the family of major minerals although it is not as well known as some of the other minerals in the same group. Even though it is not as prominent, the Magnesium mineral plays an essential role in about three hundred biochemical processes that take place inside the body.
Without Magnesium, the body would not be able to produce serotonin, the 'feel good' neurotransmitter. If you're looking for a natural way to control such conditions as hyperactivity, post traumatic stress disorder or anxiety you may benefit by ensuring you are providing your body with the recommended daily allowance of this multi purpose mineral.
Potential Side Effects: Symptoms include central nervous system depression, skeletal muscle paralysis, and in extreme cases, coma and death. Calcium infusion tends to counteract Magnesium toxicity
Potential Interaction: The first signs of a Magnesium deficiency include nausea, vomiting, a loss of appetite, fatigue and a feeling of weakness. As the deficiency progresses, a person can develop an irregular heartbeat, heart spasms, changes in personality, tingling and numbness and muscle cramps.
There may even be a decrease of Calcium and Phosphorus in the blood. As mentioned above, Magnesium deficiencies may also lead to heart disease, diabetes and osteoporosis.
General Usage: May be taken daily.
Food Sources: Almonds, Avocado, Bananas, Beer, Black Beans, Broccoli, Brown Rice, Cashews, Crab, Dandelion, Dark Chocolate, Dried Figs, Flax/Linseeds, Halibut, Kale, Lean Meats, Legumes, Lentils, Mackerel, Peanuts and Peanut Butter, Pumpkin Seeds, Sardines, Soybeans, Spinach, Wheat Bran and Bran Flakes and Whole Grains.
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