Thursday, May 14, 2009

Magnesium: The Relaxer

Magnesium is necessary for Calcium and Vitamin C metabolism and converts blood sugars into energy. Magnesium regulates the neuromuscular activity of the heart, and improves energy production within the heart, dilates the coronary arteries, and helps maintain normal heart rhythm. 

Magnesium has been used in treating fibromyalgia, migraine and tension headaches, premenstrual syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, hearing loss, binge-eating disorders, tinnitus, and high blood pressure.  It aids in bone growth and strengthens tooth enamel, controls bad breath and body odor, helps burn fat and aids in fighting depression, and prevents calcium deposits, kidney stones, and gallstones. 

When combined with Calcium, Magnesium acts as a natural tranquilizer, and promotes relaxation of the bronchial muscles, thus opening airways and making breathing easier.  Magnesium reduces hyperactivity in children, and may help with ADD (attention deficit disorder).  It eliminates mental confusion, irritability, loss of appetite, insomnia, and muscle cramps. An excessive intake of Calcium will reduce your body's level of Magnesium.

Possible Magnesium Deficiency Signs:
• Hyper-irritability of the nerves
• Eye twitch
• Muscular spasms
• Abnormal rapid heartbeat
• Sensitivity to wheat
• Deterioration of the bones and teeth
• Disorders of the circulatory system
• Pyorrhea
• Stress

Foods High in Magnesium:
• Raw, green leafy vegetables
• Seeds
• Nuts
• Lima beans (dried)
• Honey

Herbs High in Magnesium:
• Red Raspberry
• Irish Moss
• Kelp
• Oat Straw
• Licorice
• Nettles
• Dulse
• White Pine
• Peppermint Leaf
• Alfalfa
• White Willow

Uses of Magnesium in the Body:
• Enzyme activator
• Helps build tissue
• Helps encourage normal functioning of the nerves and muscular systems
• Sparks energy
• Helps the metabolism of Vitamin C and other minerals

Clinical Uses of Magnesium:
• Epilepsy
• Nervousness

It is important to balance Magnesium with Calcium, as they work together.  The heart and other muscles contract with Calcium and relax with Magnesium.  

"Chocoholics" are usually magnesium deficient.


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