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Why does the body need magnesium?
order to function correctly and efficiently your body
needs many nutrients. Magnesium is a key ingredient.
Over three hundred
biochemical and bioelectric reactions depend on
magnesium to occur. Magnesium is necessary
for functioning of enzymes, the health of heart
arteries, protein production & nerve function.
is necessary for the correct assimilation of calcium
and potassium. All the major minerals (calcium, potassium & sodium) are dependent on
magnesium being present in order to function.
Magnesium is needed for bone
strength, muscle strength as well as the functioning
of the nervous system.
What does a deficiency of magnesium cause?
body will be performing with less than full capacity
with a deficiency. These processes will not occur very
efficiently, or may not happen at all.
The principal function of magnesium is that it enables
muscles to relax. With inadequate magnesium, the
muscles will cramp. When this happens to the heart muscles
the heart does not go through a complete relaxation
phase, and the next calcium-driven contraction begins
before the relaxation is complete. This results in
rapid heartbeat and irregular heart rate known as
arrhythmia. Heart failure resulting from fibrillation and
lesions in the small arteries is linked to this deficiency of
Magnesium deficiency is
thought to be closely related to coronary heart
disease, including myocardial necrosis. An inadequate
supply of this mineral may result in the formation of
clots in the heart and brain and may contribute to
calcium deposits in the kidneys blood vessels, and
Symptoms of a deficiency may include:
- gastrointestinal disorders
- irregular heart rhythm
- lack of coordination
- muscle twitch
- personality changes
A deficiency interferes with nerve and
muscle impulses. Long-term deficiency can lead to:
- a calcium deficiency
- alcoholic hallucinations
- unusual face and eye
- alopecia (baldness)
- swollen gums, and lesions of the
symptoms of magnesium deficiency are identical with
many of the symptoms of thyroid disease, especially
A slight deficiency and you will notice slight
depression and lack of well-being.
When there is more of a deficiency, you can start
- pain in the lower back
tight muscles, particularly in the back. It can
then progress to muscle cramps
- calcium deposits
- muscle twitches and tics
- high blood
- You can start to get nervous, feel
like you're getting old, and have trouble sleeping and
wake up feeling tired.
Your body can
- involuntary and abnormal muscular
contractions and jerks.
can progress to chest pain, called angina
- You heart can start racing and
can go out of rhythm.
There are studies that show that fibromyalgia is
associated with magnesium deficiency.
because of a deficiency of magnesium? The
body cannot function unless it has sufficient amounts
of this mineral.
Magnesium and Calcium
Calcium, a major
mineral, needs magnesium in order to assimilate into
Calcium, however, should never be taken on
its own. Otherwise, it will pull magnesium out of body
parts in order to assimilate. This creates a greater
magnesium deficiency and the person will feel worse.
This can occur with people who drink a lot of milk. Milk is about
8 calcium to 1 magnesium and it will create a
regulates the entrance and utilization of calcium in
the cells, without magnesium,
calcium remains in the body unused. This will
result in calcium deposits in the joints (often called
arthritis), gallstones, kidney stones, hardening of
the arteries, and in extreme
cases calcification of the brain and other body organs
and parts. This, in turn, can result in loss of memory
and loss of ability to reason. All of these conditions have
frequently been known to disappear after taking extra
Excess calcium combined with low magnesium
will create osteoporosis and fragile bones.
From this you can deduce that it is contra
survival to take calcium without magnesium. The rule
is "Never take calcium without magnesium. Calcium
depends on magnesium for it to assimilate. Magnesium,
on the other hand, doesn't require calcium in order to
Excess calcium can become a real
problem. Excess magnesium, on the other hand, is
Depletes Magnesium from the body?
stresses, whether chemical, environmental, physical or mental,
frequently deplete magnesium reserves (which are often
depleted faster than calcium reserves). This can cause
a magnesium deficiency and the resultant symptoms of
internal stress, even when the person does take
magnesium supplements if he takes more calcium than
magnesium (which is very common). Extra
magnesium can often mean the difference between a
stressed body and a completely relaxed one.
Things that deplete the body of magnesium: These items
dramatically speed up the depletion of your body's
magnesium storage, and make it necessary for much more
magnesium to be consumed:
- Mental stress
- Physical stress
- Cola-type sodas
- High perspiration
drugs of all types, especially diuretics, digitalis
- Low thyroid
- Chronic pain
high carbohydrate diet
- A low carbohydrate diet
high calcium diet.
- A low calorie diet
- Because of the competing nature of calcium and
magnesium, excessive calcium intake from foods or
supplements can lead to a magnesium deficiency.
- Disease such as pancreatitis, arteriosclerosis,
- Malabsorption problems caused by chronic
diarrhea or vomiting.
- High zinc levels
According to the Nutrition Almanac, "Magnesium
deficiency can easily occur because magnesium is
refined out of many foods during processing. Cooking
food removes the minerals; the oxalic acid in foods
like spinach and phytic acid found in cereals bind
magnesium in the body, as do unbalanced amounts of
Beneficial Effects of Magnesium
Magnesium is vital in helping prevent
heart attacks....After a heart attack, it has been
found that supplementation provided a much higher
survival rate and showed far less life-threatening
It has also proved beneficial in the
treatment of neuromuscular disorders, nervousness,
tantrums, depression, sensitivity to noise, and hand
Supplementing helps control dizziness,
muscle weakness, twitching, heart disease, and high
Magnesium reduces blood cholesterol and keeps
the arteries healthy. It is used for controlling
convulsions in pregnant women, premature labor, and
Magnesium must be combined
with other minerals to be most effective in helping
support healthy blood pressure levels. It is essential
for cells to maintain proper balances of other
minerals such as potassium, sodium, and calcium. When
cells are deficient in magnesium, this balance is
Chocolate is a good source of magnesium and has a
high magnesium to calcium ratio (about 4:1). When Magnesium
is low the craving for chocolate may be due to
a need for magnesium.
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