Magnesium is a natural mineral that is involved in almost all of our bodily functions. It is vital for wound healing, growth, immune system function, temperature regulation, brain and nerve activity, muscle action, migraine prevention and energy production. It is also a critical co-factor in more than 300 enzymatic reactions in the human body. There are many types of magnesium supplements available. In supplements, magnesium is most commonly found in combination with calcium, as it helps in the absorption of calcium. However, for conditions in which only magnesium is desired, a single-ingredient product is preferred. The recommended form of magnesium is a chelated form. The term ‘chelated’ refers to minerals. In this form, magnesium is attached naturally to the amino acids glycine and lysine, which increases the bioavailability of magnesium absorption. Benefits:
A Healthy Heart
Magnesium is vital for maintaining a healthy heart. It helps strengthen the heart muscles as well as improves the functioning of the nerves that initiate the heartbeat. Its muscle-relaxing actions also help prevent spasms in the coronary arteries. In fact, studies show that people with low amounts of magnesium in the body are twice as likely to develop coronary heart disease. Magnesium is also used when recovering from a heart attack or stroke. Breathe Well
Magnesium deficiency may lead to bronchoconstriction, which causes the airways to spasm. Sufficient magnesium levels help with bronchial airway dilation and relaxation so that breathing becomes a breeze. A Sounder Sleep
Magnesium helps prevent sleep-related problems, especially in the elderly. These problems include insomnia, sleep-talking, sleep-walking, and teeth grinding. Magnesium has a calming/relaxing action on the central nervous system, which promotes a sounder sleep. Improved Sugar Levels
Several studies on people with type 2 diabetes show that they tend to have low levels of magnesium. High glucose levels actually flush out magnesium from the body. In a recent study, people with diabetes who took magnesium supplements experienced improved insulin and glucose levels. Indications:
Muscle cramps and twitches, muscle aches, migraine headaches, dental pain, constipation, anxiety or irritability and restless legs. Take 1 capsule twice daily with food.