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Magnesium is an essential mineral which health benefits are often overlooked. This mineral is used by every organ in your body, especially your heart, muscles, bones, and kidneys; researchers have recently found over 3000 magnesium binding sites on human proteins and have also found it in more than 300 different enzymes in the body which are responsible for the: creation of ATP (energy). formation of healthy bones and teeth, relaxation of blood vessels, promotion of proper bowel movements and the regulation of blood sugar.

Unfortunately, it is estimated that nearly 80% of Americans are magnesium deficient. Causes of this may be related to poor diet, high caffeine or alcohol consumption, hormonal imbalances, exposure to pesticides, and the regular use of diuretics and antibiotics that prohibit the proper absorption of the mineral.

Magnesium

Magnesium is an essential mineral which health benefits are often overlooked. This mineral is used by every organ in your body, especially your heart, muscles, bones, and kidneys; researchers have recently found over 3000 magnesium binding sites on human proteins and have also found it in more than 300 different enzymes in the body which are responsible for the: creation of ATP (energy). formation of healthy bones and teeth, relaxation of blood vessels, promotion of proper bowel movements and the regulation of blood sugar.

Unfortunately, it is estimated that nearly 80% of Americans are magnesium deficient. Causes of this may be related to poor diet, high caffeine or alcohol consumption, hormonal imbalances, exposure to pesticides, and the regular use of diuretics and antibiotics that prohibit the proper absorption of the mineral.

Magnesium

Magnesium is an essential mineral which health benefits are often overlooked. This mineral is used by every organ in your body, especially your heart, muscles, bones, and kidneys; researchers have recently found over 3000 magnesium binding sites on human proteins and have also found it in more than 300 different enzymes in the body which are responsible for the: creation of ATP (energy). formation of healthy bones and teeth, relaxation of blood vessels, promotion of proper bowel movements and the regulation of blood sugar.

Unfortunately, it is estimated that nearly 80% of Americans are magnesium deficient. Causes of this may be related to poor diet, high caffeine or alcohol consumption, hormonal imbalances, exposure to pesticides, and the regular use of diuretics and antibiotics that prohibit the proper absorption of the mineral.

Symptoms of deficiency include:

  • Numbness and tingling
  • Muscle contractions or cramps
  • Seizures
  • Personality changes
  • Heart palpitations
  • Coronary spasms
  • Loss of appetite
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
High magnesium consumption has been shown to serve as a protective factor against type 2 diabetes as it improves insulin sensitivity and reduces risk of impaired glucose metabolism. Many studies also demonstrate that regular magnesium intake is associated with high bone mineral density, making it more beneficial to bones than calcium!

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Magnesium also plays a huge role in the body’s detoxification processes and aids in preventing damage from environmental toxins.

In addition, magnesium consumption can have therapeutic benefits for:

Fibromyalgia

Atrial Fibrillation

PMS

Type 2 Diabetes

Migraines

Cardiovascular disease

Digestion

Anxiety/ Insomnia

Fatigue

Liver disease

Luckily, you can easily avoid deficiency by incorporating magnesium rich foods in your diet. Some of the best options in foods high in magnesium are:

Spinach

Swiss Chard

Seaweed

Coriander leaves

Basil

Pumpkin/sunflower seeds

Flaxseeds

Sesame seeds

Raw cacao

Almonds

Avocadoes

However, it is important to maintain a balance between magnesium, calcium and vitamin K2 intake. Lack of balance between the three nutrients could potentially lead to overconsumption of one nutrient over the others which will minimize their benefits. Magnesium will keep calcium in your cells so they do their job better, in turn magnesium and vitamin K2 will help relax blood vessels which will as a result lower blood pressure.