Magnesium

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Magnesium is one of the electrolytes. Magnesium is needed for more than 300 processes in the body. It helps maintain normal muscle and nerve function, keeps heart rhythm steady, supports a healthy immune system, keeps bones strong, helps regulate blood sugar levels, promotes normal blood pressure, and is known to be involved in energy metabolism and the processing of protein. There are now links to the role of magnesium in preventing and managing disorders such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease, macular degeneration, vision problems, asthma, and diabetes.

Because of over-farming and depletion of nutrients in soil, most people are not getting enough magnesium – which is why we are seeing such an increase in these diseases. Taking a supplement is good insurance.

 Where to get magnesium – Almonds, artichoke, avocado, banana, beans, fortified breads and cereals, broccoli, brown rice, coffee, figs, lemon, lima beans, milk, noodles, nuts, oatmeal, okra, peaches, peanuts, plantain, potatoes, rice, rye, salmon, seeds, shrimp, spinach, sunflower seeds, tomato paste, wheat germ, whole grains, yogurt.

During the recent nuclear radiation threat, you may have heard that you should take magnesium and potassium (another of the electrolytes.) You may be wondering if this will help protect you. I did some studying and found that radioactive particles compete with magnesium and potassium for absorption in your body. The reason it is recommended to supplement with magnesium and potassium is to give them the winning edge over the radioactive particles.   

If you have heart or kidney problems, check with your doctor before beginning supplementation. High doses may cause diarrhea.

 

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