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Magnesium: The Missing Nutrient to Better Health

by DailyHealthPost Editorial

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magnesium deficiencyA lot of focus is given to certain vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin C and calcium, but did you know that magnesium is the missing link to enjoying better health? It’s true!

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This mineral, often overlooked in nutritional recommendations, actually plays a vital role in your health and a deficiency of it in your body can cause all sorts of health problems. Perhaps one of the most serious health conditions that can be caused by a deficiency of magnesium is an increased risk of heart attack. Definitely not something you want to play around with, right?

Magnesium is naturally present in many foods but a majority of people aren’t getting enough of this critical mineral…

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Magnesium plays a primary role in many bodily functions and processes.

The Role of Magnesium in Your Body

Here are some of the things that magnesium does for you:

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  • Assists with proper muscle and nerve function
  • Regulates the synthesis of protein along with other biochemical reactions
  • Helps regulate blood glucose
  • Helps regulate blood pressure
  • Plays a big part in keeping your heart healthy
  • Needed to synthesize DNA, RNA and glutathione, an important antioxidant
  • Contributes to the structural development of bones
  • Creates energy in your body
  • Helps with the release of neurotransmitters and hormones

It’s easy to see that a lack of magnesium could wreak havoc with your entire system!

With so many people leading hectic, hurry-hurry lives nowadays and failing to eat a healthy diet, more and more of us aren’t getting enough magnesium to keep our bodies functioning properly.

So much emphasis has been put on calcium that it has led to a number of people taking too much of this particular mineral and causing real health problems, simply because if you have too much calcium and not enough magnesium you might have muscle spasms.

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Your heart, being a muscle, is at risk of these spasms, too, with potentially serious consequences.

Doctors have found that the left ventricle of your heart has the highest amount of magnesium in your body.

Without the level of magnesium needed to maintain a healthy heart, it will not be able to function normally.

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To stay healthy, you should always maintain a decent amount of calcium, magnesium, Vitamin D and Vitamin K2.

All four of these work together and an imbalance can lead to health problems, including stroke, heart attack and more.

How to Get Enough Magnesium in Your Diet

Here are some good dietary sources of magnesium:

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  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Dark green leafy vegetables
  • Dairy products
  • Whole grains
  • Beans and lentils
  • Avocados
  • Bananas
  • Dark chocolate

Because modern industrial agriculture has depleted the soil of such minerals as magnesium, taking a daily supplement seems advisable. Herbicides such as glyphosate, for example, block the utilization of minerals from the soil.

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Signs of a Magnesium Deficiency

How do you know if your body doesn’t have enough of this important mineral?

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There is good news and bad news about that question.

The bad news is that at this time, there is no run of the mill, garden variety laboratory test that will tell you whether or not you need more magnesium.

But, the good news is that there are symptoms caused by a magnesium deficiency and you can be on the lookout for them.

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Here are some of the signs that you might need more magnesium:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle twitching
  • Sighing a lot
  • Being unable to take a deep breath
  • And more

In addition to these milder symptoms, which might be thought of as early warning signs of magnesium deficiency, there can also be more severe symptoms such as constipation, Restless Leg Syndrome, panic attacks, agoraphobia, abnormal numbness or tingling, heart arrhythmias, seizures, personality changes, heart palpitations, high blood pressure and more.

Obviously, a magnesium deficiency is something to be avoided at all costs.

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Fortunately, you won’t have to break the bank to buy a good supplement that will help you maintain a healthy magnesium level in your body.

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