Curious about the benefits of magnesium to your heart health and well-being? This will help but I believe MOST could also benefit from the vital amino acid, L-Arginine, for the production of Nitric Oxide.
Minerals for optimal health and well-being
A well-balanced wholefood diet that’s abundant in minerals is essential for maintaining optimal health. Minerals are necessary for a variety of bodily functions from the formation of strong bones and teeth, blood, skin and hair, better muscle and nerve function — including your heart.
One mineral that is essential for your body’s biochemical processes to work efficiently is magnesium. It is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body, and the highest concentration of magnesium is found in the heart’s left ventricle.
Magnesium plays a vital role in many cellular processes and is linked with a variety of enzymes which control carbohydrate, fat, protein and electrolyte metabolism. Several hundred enzymes are dependent on magnesium.
Magnesium is found in low levels in most foods and is abundant in foods like avocado, leafy greens, beans and lentils, nuts and seeds, quinoa and other unrefined grains.
Health benefits of magnesium
- Numerous studies have shown that supplementation with magnesium often results in a significant drop in blood pressure levels and prevents hypertension.
- Magnesium is very important for the regulation of blood sugar. Poorly controlled diabetes depletes magnesium levels causing increased insulin sensitivity.
- Magnesium plays an important role in hydration, muscle relaxation, relaxation of blood vessels and energy production.
- Magnesium helps the active transport of potassium and sodium into and out of cells, maintaining proper membrane balance (homeostasis).
- Magnesium is vital for calming the brain’s GABA receptors, nervous system, and heart rate to make it easier to switch off and go to sleep.
- Magnesium aids digestion helping the intestinal wall muscles to relax neutralizes stomach acid and helps to relieve constipation.
- Magnesium regulates potassium and calcium across cell membranes which help nerve impulse conduction and muscle contraction. Magnesium is a powerful stabilizer of heart rhythm.
- Magnesium and calcium work together for the structural development of bone and for the synthesis of DNA and the antioxidant glutathione (GSH) which reduces free-radical damage to body tissue.
- Magnesium boosts blood flow as it plays a major role in the operation of the endothelial cells, which line blood vessels. When endothelial cells function abnormally it leads to hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis) which increases the risk of a stroke or heart attack.
- Magnesium reduces inflammation in blood vessels (the real cause of atherosclerosis), deters platelets from adhering to the walls of blood vessels and greatly reduces the chance of a blood clot forming.
- Magnesium also prevents and relieves muscle aches and spasms. Improves skin health, helps prevent osteoporosis, promotes migraine relief, has stress-relieving abilities, reduces chocolate cravings, increases sports performance and improves oxygen uptake for energy production and electrolyte balance — Electrolytes help keep up a proper fluid balance and to optimize energy levels so you can function at your best.