Higher Magnesium Means Healthier Arteries
New research shows higher blood levels of magnesium reduce the risk of high blood pressure by almost 50 percent, and the risk of coronary artery calcification by 42 percent.
Scientists from the National Institute of Cardiology in Mexico city said these results are likely due to magnesium’s beneficial role in improving endothelial function and reducing inflammation. Endothelial function refers to the health of the inner lining of your arteries. Healthy arteries are soft and flexible and produce nitric oxide, which helps to keep blood pressure stable. Unhealthy arteries are hard and inflexible, and cholesterol deposits tend to accumulate in them.
According to the United States National Institutes of Health, magnesium is required for more than 300 biochemical reactions in your body. It helps to keep your bones strong, regulates nerve and muscle function and helps to control the normal rhythm of your heart beat. Magnesium is also a wonderfully calming mineral; it helps to improve stress tolerance and sleep quality.
Many people do not get enough magnesium in their diet because soil quality in most parts of the world has declined in recent decades. A lot of factors can cause your body to lose magnesium, some examples include alcohol, sugar, diuretic medication (fluid tablets) and medication for heartburn and reflux such as Losec and Nexium. Also when you are stressed, the stress hormone cortisol causes you to lose more magnesium through your urine.
Cardiovascular disease continues to be a huge cause of death or reduced quality of life in most parts of the world. Of course it is important to avoid being overweight, exercise regularly and minimize sugar in your diet to protect your heart, but not enough people are aware of the enormous benefits of magnesium for the heart.
How would you know if you aren’t getting enough magnesium?
The following symptoms may give you clues:
- Cramps in the feet or calves
- Twitching muscles (commonly eye muscles)
- Insomnia or poor quality sleep. If you have trouble falling asleep, melatonin is excellent for that.
- Headaches or migraines
- Hearing loss. Other things besides magnesium can cause hearing loss.
- Osteoporosis. Magnesium works with other minerals to keep your bones and teeth strong.
The above statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease.