Magnesium is the second most abundant element inside of human cells and serves literally hundreds of functions. It is a regulator of over 300 biochemical reactions and plays a vital role in generating energy within the cell. Magnesium is a macro-mineral, meaning it is needed by the body in large amounts and it must be provided through diet and supplementation.
As it relates directly to blood pressure and the cardiovascular system, magnesium is a blood vessel dilator or relaxer. Magnesium often functions in the body along with calcium, sodium, and potassium to create homeostasis or a balance with in the body. These electrolytes, when out of balance, can have a negative impact on nerve impulses, muscle contractions, and heart rhythms.
It is estimated that 75% of Americans are magnesium deficient and a magnesium- poor diet is the norm. Processed and sugary diets, phosphoric acid in soft drinks, prescription and over the counter medications, calcium supplements, and soft water can all contribute to deficient intake and absorption of magnesium. Alcohol, aging, illness, stress, and digestive disorders can also increase vulnerability to deficiencies in magnesium.
Improving nutrition and supplementation are pivotal to achieve optimal health.
Ask your healthcare provider if you would benefit by supplementing with magnesium and your nutritionist how to increase your intake through diet. There are a number of supplemental forms of magnesium and one can be recommended that best meets your health challenges and needs. Some forms have more of a laxative effect and others have less of a laxative effect. There are also topical forms of magnesium that would not have any laxative effect.
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