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Magnificent Magnesium

Magnesium is a mineral that is required for 325 enzymatic processes in the body. Some of these include:  helping to create  energy by activating ATP, acting as a natural muscle relaxant, and helps to transmit nerve impulses to and from the brain.

Magnesium has been shown to help in the following conditions:

Anxiety, Asthma, Blood Clotting, Constipation, Depression, Diabetes, Fatigue, Food Cravings for carbs and chocolate, hypertension, hypoglycemia, insomnia, migraines, muscle spasming/twitching, chronic pain, osteoporosis, Reynaud’s syndrome, and tooth decay.

When you look at these list of conditions, many are treated using OTC or Prescription drugs. Magnesium may be an alternative option for those less inclined to taking a bunch of medication.  Your body stores 60-65% of its magnesium in the bones and teeth. The remaining percentage is found in the muscle cells, with the highest concentration being in the heart muscle.

Magnesium has a very close relationship with calcium. A proper balance of the two is required for the body to function properly. Magnesium is needed to properly dissolve calcium. They each require the other to work. Magnesium also requires vitamin B1, Selenium, and Vitamin D to function properly.

Magnesium is found in many foods, such as green vegetables, nuts, legumes, green beans, and seeds, to name a few. However, due to the use of pesticides, the amount of magnesium available in these products is less than before. This, coupled with an increase in the amount of calcium fortified foods, has lead to an increase in magnesium deficiency. Other factors contributing to magnesium deficiency include: increased consumption of processed food,  inadequate stomach/intestine digestion, and  chronic antacid use.

If you are magnesium deficient, or have any signs or symptoms related to the above list of conditions, how do you fix it? The best type of magnesium supplementation is in the form of magnesium glycinate, which has lower gastroinestional effects compared to other forms available.