Thursday, February 18, 2016

Human Body needs Magnesium

Magnesium is an essential mineral that is required for more than 300 metabolic and enzymatic reactions in the body some of which include the synthesis of fat, protein and nucleic acids, activating B vitamins, energy production, nerve transmission, bone health, neurological and cardiac activity as well as the secretion of insulin. Magnesium plays a vital role in the contraction and relaxation of muscles, regulating blood flow and blood pressure. Magnesium is also required for optimal mental health and hormone balance.
It is important to ensure you are meeting the daily requirements of magnesium needed by your body and not putting yourself at risk for deficiency. If you think you may be lacking magnesium in your diet, see your doctor at your local urban health clinic for a health checkup. Those who are deficient in magnesium often have high levels of stress, eat lots of processed foods or drink alcohol or caffeinated beverages regularly. Simple dietary and lifestyle changes may restore healthy levels of magnesium in your body and put you on the road to better health.
What are the Health Benefits of Magnesium?
Extensive research is continuing into magnesium's health benefits. However researchers believe maintaining adequate levels is beneficial in treating and managing high blood pressure and cholesterol as well as the management of migraines, asthma, anxiety, restless leg syndrome and urinary incontinence.
Magnesium also plays an important role in the sleep cycle especially for those suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome. Magnesium also assists in bowel health as it promotes bowel movements (only take as recommended or it may cause diarrhea). For women, taking a magnesium supplement may be useful in the treatment of PMS (premenstrual syndrome), fluid retention, irritability, mood swings and cramps. Magnesium is essential for the health, strength, and firmness of bones and getting enough in your daily diet reduces your risk for osteoporosis.
Magnesium and Calcium -
New wisdom is emerging is that magnesium is actually the key to the body's proper assimilation and use of calcium as well as vitamin D. Dr. Dean ( British Medical Journal) says, "If we consume too much calcium without sufficient magnesium, the excess calcium is not utilized correctly and may actually become toxic, causing painful conditions such as some forms of arthritis, kidney stones, osteoporosis and calcification of the arteries leading to heart attack and cardiovascular disease. The effectiveness and benefits of calcium with respect to bone health and the prevention of osteoporosis are enormously impaired in the absence of adequate levels of magnesium in the body."
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Source: POMGH