Magnesium is one of the vital elements that the body needs in the correct amounts for optimal health.
Magnesium is involved in many of the bodies essential systems including protein synthesis, the control of blood glucose levels, the regulation of blood pressure and muscle and nerve function.
It accomplishes this by regulating the flow of calcium and potassium ions across cell walls, the very heart of inter cellular communication. If this flow is disrupted the involuntary nervous system, including the heart can begin to fail.
Magnesium also plays an important role in the proper development of bone, energy production and the formation of DNA and RNA. This is why it is essential that pregnant and lactating women make sure they are maintaining the correct intake of magnesium.
As with most nutrients we should get enough magnesium from our diet. However this is much more difficult with modern agricultural, food processing and even home cooking techniques. Surveys consistently demonstrate that we are not taking in enough magnesium in our diet. This can have dire consequences for our health.
Symptoms of magnesium deficiency include fatigue, loss of appetite and nausea. If left uncorrected a deficiency in magnesium can lead to muscle spasms and contractions. This affects our biggest muscle, the heart, and can lead to abnormal heart rhythm and potentially carciovascular disease. Most of these problems are caused by hypocalcemia and hypokalemia, calcium and potassium deficiency within cells.
This inability for the cells to communicate properly can also lead to chronic conditions such as type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, hypertension and migraines.
Magnesium: Recommended Daily Allowance*:
|*All measurements expressed in mg.|
A number of medicines can potentially interact with magnesium supplements causing undesired effects. If you are taking any of the following medications, or suffer from any of the conditions mentioned please consult your doctor before taking an magnesium supplement.
Oral bisphosphonates, used to treat osteoporosis, can be blocked by magnesium supplements.
Some common antibiotics like doxcycycline and demeclocycline as well as quinolone antibiotics like levofloxacin and ciprofloxacin form insoluble complexes if mixed with magnesium.
Magnesium excretion in the urine is affected by diuretics, and in particular potassium-sparing diuretics can block excretion through the urine.