One of the benefits of Magnesium is that it works with calcium to maintain healthy bone density, nerve and muscle impulses. The average Irish/UK diet is relatively high in calcium but deficient in magnesium. This is because milk is not a good source of magnesium as calcium is. Both calcium and magnesium are present in green leafy vegetables, nuts and seeds but you have to consume large amounts to reach the daily value level of 375mg.
Low levels of magnesium can lead to cardiovascular disease. People who suffer from cardiovascular disease are found to have low levels of magnesium in their heart. Low levels of magnesium cause the muscles to go into spasms. There is evidence that some heart attacks are not caused by obstructions, but by cramping. This results in the heart being deprived of oxygen. Magnesium is a co-factor in many enzyme systems and hormone functions. Citrate is the form of the mineral most easily absorbed by the body.
Magnesium is known as ‘nature’s tranquilliser’, it calms the adrenal glands and helps balance blood sugar levels by contributing to the production and action of insulin. Diabetics are often deficient in magnesium.
The benefits of Magnesium also include the following:
- Improves the absorption and retention of calcium
- Stress, certain diseases, medication and intense physical activity easily deplete levels.
- Eases symptoms of chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia
- Lowers high blood pressure
- Improves symptoms of (PMS)
- Magnesium plays an important role in activating vitamin D in the body