Tip of the Week: Don't Forget About Magnesium. It's a Vital Heart Health Nutrient!

By HeartHawk Latest Reply 2011-10-14 23:44:46 -0500
Started 2011-09-24 22:47:19 -0500

Magnesium is an often over-looked yet vitally important nutrient. It helps regulate heart rhythm, blood sugar, and cholesterol synthesis all crucial to fighting heart disease.

The common source for magnesium used to be in our water but stringent purification processes and the move to bottled water has robbed us this critical nutrient to the point many of us may be deficient.

Common symptoms of magnesium deficiency are sore muscles, cramps, twitches, and many others. Here are a couple of articles that will bring you up to speed on magnesium.




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mstexan 2011-10-14 08:11:12 -0500 Report

"Common symptoms of magnesium deficiency are sore muscles, cramps, twitches, and many others. Here are a couple of articles that will bring you up to speed on magnesium." "and vitamin D all increase the body's need for magnesium"

Wow, I didn't realize that. That could explain a lot of the problems with my legs I've been having lately. My vitamin D level was almost zero, so the doctor put me on a prescription vitamin D and I've been taking it for a while. I also eat a lot of spinach and take a diuretic. Lately I've been having problems with cramps, twitches and soreness in my legs. They even checked me for restless leg syndrome thinking maybe that was it, but it wasn't. Maybe it is just low magnesium!

HeartHawk 2011-10-14 23:44:46 -0500 Report


Hmmm, interesting! Never made the connection with Vitamin D and magnesium. I'll have to look into that!


redorangedog 2011-10-03 11:44:42 -0500 Report

redorangedog, Consumption of alcohol, use of diuretics, diarrhea, the presence of fluoride, and large amounts of zinc and vitamin D all increase the body's need for magnesium. Magnesium combined with vitamin B2 may prevent calcium oxalate kidney stones. Large amounts of fats, cod liver oil, calcium, vitamin D, and protein decrease magnesium absorption. Foods high in oxalic acid, such as almonds, chard, cocoa, rhubarb, spinach and tea, also inhibit magnesium absorption. Symptomatic human deficiency develops in a setting of predisposing and complicating disease states. These are associated with impaired intake and intestinal or renal tubular malabsorptive conditions. Long-term use of diuretics, such as thiazides in high doses or furosemide, is associated with renal loss of both potassium and magnesium; these drugs are associated with depletion of such ions and with an increased prevalence of arrhythmias.

redorangedog 2011-10-01 17:08:44 -0500 Report

Redorangedog, Proper balance of magnesium is key to a healthy stress response. Many people eat too many calcium supplements to stave off osteoporosis and do not step up their magnesium, thus increase the occurrence of heart disease. Magnesium is vital to enzyme activity. It assists in calcium and potassium uptake. A deficiency interferes with the transmission of nerve and muscle impulses, causing irritability and nervousness. Supplementing the diet with magnesium helps prevent depression, dizziness, muscle weakness, twitching, heart disease, and high blood pressure, and also aids in maintaining the proper ph balance. This essential mineral protects the arterial lining from stress caused by sudden blood pressure changes and plays a role in the formation of bone and in carbohydrate and mineral metabolism. With vitamin B6, magnesium helps reduce and dissolve calcium phosphate stones. Sources are found in most foods, especially dairy products, fish, meat and seafood. Other rich sources include apples, apricots, avocados, bananas, black-strap molasses, brewer's yeast, brown rice, figs, garlic, kelp, lima beans, millet, nuts, peaches, black-eyed peas, sesame seeds, tofu, tourla, greens, leafy vegetables, wheat and whole grains. The RDA recommends that an adult consume 750 mg a day with a 1 to 2 ratio to calcium, which would be 1500 mg a day.

HeartHawk 2011-10-01 23:41:57 -0500 Report


Thanks for posting the magnesium info. Couldn't say it better myself!


redorangedog 2011-10-03 11:51:57 -0500 Report

redorangedog, Thank you HeartHawk, I consider that a huge compliment. And, also very encouraging to post anything that might be useful. With gratitude, redorangedog