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Why do we need magnesium?

It is May 1, a month that starts with M. So this writer decided to write on a topic that started with M. This is called scientific decision making, the way this writer defines it! The topic is MAGNESIUM.

A VERY IMPORTANT MINERAL: What is magnesium? It is a mineral, and not just any old mineral. You know that we need vitamins for our bodies to function properly, and we also need minerals. The most common one most people think of is calcium. Our bones not only rely on calcium, they also rely on magnesium. You need magnesium to metabolize vitamin D and to help in calcium absorption, both of which are necessary for good bone health.

BRAIN & CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH: Besides bone health, magnesium plays a role in brain health. The science behind that is too technical for this article. But there is one thing in the research that is interesting, and that is that the symptoms of depression have responded to magnesium supplementation. Researchers are learning that the lack of magnesium may also contribute to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Further, magnesium, which transports various ions across cell membranes, also affects the nervous system, your muscles, and heart rhythm. All this means that magnesium is extremely critical for cardiovascular health.

RESEARCH: Some medical conditions where research has shown promise with the addition of magnesium are migraine headaches, sleep matters, lung function, diabetes, kidney disease, IBS, and more. In addition, while the research is promising, people are negating all the good characteristics of magnesium by drinking large quantities of caffeine, eating processed carbs, and drinking alcohol. Thus, if you are experiencing symptoms such as fatigue, sleep disorders, abnormal heart rhythms, muscle spasms, stress, or unexplained conditions, you should have your doctor test you for your level of magnesium.

RDA: The recommended daily allowance for magnesium is between 320 and 420 mg daily. Check with your doctor before self-prescribing, as you should probably take vitamin B complex or a multivitamin containing the B vitamins, as vitamin B6 aids in the absorption of magnesium. Do you already take an over-the-counter antacid? If so, many of them already contain magnesium. The key is not to overdose, and your doctor or pharmacist should be able to help you there.

Given that the majority of Americans are not getting enough magnesium, don’t you think it is time for YOU to take some action here by being nice to your body and getting checked out for your magnesium level? Yes, I thought so, too.

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