Magnesium and Your Health Go Hand in Hand

The role of magnesium is to help keep your body healthy. Are you getting enough?

A friend of mine, who is a nurse, has brought up the role of magnesium and health related issues several times to me. Since I didn’t really understand what she was talking about, I decided to investigate how and why magnesium is important to our health.

Magnesium is a macro-nutrient, which means the body does need larger quantities in order to function properly, in comparison to micro-nutrients, which the body needs in lesser quantities. Magnesium plays a role in many functions of the body—in fact too many to properly discuss in this short article. However, you can get a idea of how important magnesium is by knowing it plays a part in digestion, energy, regulating calcium and other essential nutrients, bone health, muscle function, cell reproduction, kidney and heart function.

You can get magnesium into your body through food (diet), supplements, and topical application. In the United States, it’s rare for someone to have an extreme deficiency of magnesium, but it’s also known that most people do not get enough magnesium to fully support all of the functions of the body. You can find magnesium in dark leafy greens, whole grains, nuts, and legumes.

If the body is suffering from a magnesium deficiency, you may experience sleepiness or premature fatigue, muscle spasms, irritability, nausea, vomiting, and low blood pressure. While the body can respond poorly when it does not have enough magnesium, studies have indicated that magnesium helps with health issues such as, premenstrual syndrome, type II diabetes, fibromyalgia, high blood pressure and migraine headaches, along with a variety of other health conditions.  

Because magnesium plays a role in so many functions of the body, it may be a good idea to discuss with your health care professional to determine if an increase in magnesium would be appropriate for you. You should not start taking magnesium without the proper instruction because magnesium can interfere with prescription medication.

Patricia February 02, 2012 at 08:42 PM
Yes, I was told by my Psychiatrist the benefits of Magnesium. All that was stated above is what he talked about. He mentioned to me that many people are lacking in Magnesium. One of the reasons I started taking it was for sleepless nights and anxiety. I started taking what is called "Natural Calm". You can buy it at Sprouts. It's a powder mix of Magnesium. It really has helped me to sleep better and it's natural so there is no side effects which I am very sensitive to perscription meds and I do not like side effects of medication.
Patsy February 04, 2012 at 02:40 AM
My heart doctor put me on Magnisium and Potassium two years ago as a benefit for my heart. It is good to know Magnisium is good for all the above.


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