Are you getting enough Magnesium?

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   Posted 4/20/2007 1:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Interesting site about how mild (and therefore undetected) magnesium defiency is common in the modern world and all the health concerns that can result from it.
"Symptoms of a deficiency may include gastrointestinal disorders, irregular heart rhythm, lack of coordination, muscle  twitch, tremors, weakness, apprehensiveness, personality changes, disorientation, confusion, depression, and irritability."
If you're currently taking a mutlivitamin don't think you're safe. Most mutlivitamins and even multiminerals I've see have little or no magnesium in them, or have a cheap (and poorly absorbed) kind such as magnesium oxide. Best to take a separate magnesium supplement and choose a form that's more easy to absorb such as magnesium citrate, glycinate or malate.
Edit:  I had to delete the links as the forum rules state that there are to be no links to websites that advertise and this website was trying to sell water.  I did leave the info you posted about magnesium though sinse some people might find it interesting.

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   Posted 4/26/2007 3:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Good post, good point, good stuff!!! I have been taking a magnesium supplement here for awhile (along with a calcium supplement), and I am feeling as good as I have in awhile. It has lessened the severity of some of my symptoms as well as seemingly fixing some of my other probs -- migraines, body soreness, IBS...

I am as active as I have been in a long time, feeling better than ever. Strange, we search for magical pills and the thing that helps me most is an all-natural supplement.

What kind of magnesium do you take, if you do? And do you take calcium along with it? (as I have heard it must be done to even the body out).

Anyway, found a website with good info:

"Involved in more than 325 biochemical reactions, some of the early symptoms of magnesium deficiency include body aches, chronic constipation, headaches and migraines, insulin resistance, PMS, leg cramps, muscle twitches, and more. Left untreated, a magnesium deficiency can lead to more life-threatening conditions such as heart disease, hypertension, stroke, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, and others.

Magnesium's role in energy production. One of the primary roles of magnesium is to activate the adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the energy storage molecule, to create and store energy. Without energy, there is no life.

Magnesium's role in relaxing muscles. Another primary role of magnesium is to work with calcium to help regulate the body's nerve and muscle tone. In many nerve cells, magnesium serves as a chemical gate blocker - as long as there is enough magnesium around, calcium can't rush into the nerve cell and activate the nerve. This gate blocking by magnesium helps keep the nerve relaxed. If our diet provides us with too little magnesium, this gate blocking can fail and the nerve cell can become overactivated. When some nerve cells are overactivated, they can send too many messages to the muscles and cause the muscles to overcontract. This chain of events helps explain how magnesium deficiency can trigger muscle tension, muscle soreness, muscle spasms, muscle cramps, and muscle fatigue especially in the back and legs where some of the body's largest muscles live."

Magnesium may help:

* Relax muscles and ease athletic injury.
* Support energy production.
* Promote healthy, restful sleep.
* Encourage calmness and lessen stress.
* Maintain blood pressure within normal limits.
* Maintain healthy blood sugar/glucose levels.
* Promote regularity and healthy digestion.
* Support healthy breathing and a healthy heart.
* Reduce symptoms of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS).
* Support normal bone structure.

Good information.


Post Edited By Moderator (hippimom2) : 4/26/2007 1:34:43 PM (GMT-6)

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