Don’t Underestimate Magnesium

by | Oct 2, 2020

Did you know that Magnesium helps keep your heart rhythm healthy? 

When you hear Calcium, you think bones right? You may also know that Potassium helps muscles. According to an article from Everyday Health, Magnesium is essential for a ton of biochemical reactions in the body. It helps to keep muscles and nerves functioning well, keep blood sugar under control and helps maintain a steady heartbeat and normal blood pressure!

Wow, I had no idea it was so beneficial.

Magnesium, I learned, is actually partially responsible for transporting calcium, potassium and other electrolytes into cells. Electrolytes play a critical role in muscle contractions and nerve signals for a normal heart beat. Research shows that a magnesium deficiency increases irregular heartbeats (known as arrhythmias).

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Who’s at Risk for Low Magnesium Levels?

Conditions like alcoholism, preeclampsia (when pregnant), diabetes, Crohn’s disease, and chronic diarrhea can cause deficiency. Age is another whammy. Not only do our bodies absorb less magnesium as we age, we’re also more likely to be on medications that can deplete magnesium. Med’s like diuretics, proton pump inhibitors, and medications that treat gastro reflux.

What can I do to Maintain Magnesium Levels?

Experts recommend getting nutrients primarily from food when you can. According to Dhanunjaya Lakkireddy, MD, chair of the American College of Cardiology’s Electrophysiology Counsel, “Just 1 ounce of almonds or cashews contain 20% of the daily magnesium an adult needs.“ Other great natural sources are:

Soy products (soy milk, tofu)
• Avocado
• Bananas
• Black beans
• Legumes
• Green leafy vegetables like spinach

The Recommended Daily Allowance for magnesium ranges from 310mg – 420mg daily for adults, depending on age and sex. If you have healthy functioning kidneys, you don’t need to worry about too much magnesium from food. The kidneys flush out any unneeded magnesium with ease. However, magnesium from supplements can cause diarrhea and other complications. If you’re not certain, or know that you have kidney problems, be sure to discuss with your physician.

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