The Benefits of Magnesium
Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body. It is most concentrated in the mitochondria (the energy power plant in the cell). Without enough magnesium in the mitochondria, a host of essential cellular functions will not take place.
The human body needs magnesium along with calcium, potassium and sodium in order to transmit electrical impulses across nerves. Magnesium is also responsible for the production of over 400 enzymes that help the building of muscles, bones and teeth. Magnesium promotes cell growth, supports the excretory process, and increases tissue elasticity. Magnesium helps keep blood vessels open by relaxing the arterial walls which can help lower blood pressure. Magnesium also assists the liver to metabolize protein.
The heart requires magnesium to pump, it relaxes muscles, increases flexibility, prevents muscle cramps, increases alkalinity and helps with mental concentration. It also opens elimination pathways in the body, and is helpful with conditions such as fatigue, depression, and senility.
A lack of magnesium can also show up in the body as menstrual migraines, heart palpitations, muscular twitching, organ calcification (stone formations), fainting, asthma, vertigo, cramps, constipation, osteoporosis, muscular weakness, stiff muscles, arterial calcification and neuralgia.
Adequate intake of magnesium also lowers risk of sudden cardiac incident. Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School reviewed 26 years of data from the Nurse’s Health Study. They found that those with the consistent highest blood levels of magnesium, as tested by the RBC Magnesium blood test, had 37% lower incidence of sudden cardiac death. The RBC magnesium test is NOT included in your regular blood panel ordered by most physicians; this test must be ordered separately.