The Numerous Health Benefits of Magnesium

magnesiumMagnesium is a mineral present in our body.  It is needed for muscles, nerves and many other body parts to function properly.  It plays an important role in bone maintenance and growth.  Magnesium may have been underestimated in the importance it plays in the human body.

Many people are deficient in their level of magnesium, particularly older people.  There is no blood test to accurately check for magnesium levels in the body.  Some indications of a deficiency in magnesium may include seizures, abnormal heart rhythms, numbness and tingling, muscle cramps, weakness and fatigue, appetite loss, headache or vomiting or nausea.   Magnesium deficiency may also lead to bone loss.

Magnesium plays an important part in energy production in our cells.  Magnesium is used  for  better control of inflammations, treating Lyme disease, kidney stones, asthma, some diseases of the heart and blood vessels, and much more.  It is also used to increase endurance and energy and is necessary for healthy bones.

The best way to get adequate magnesium is from a healthy diet.  Magnesium is present in many foods especially dark green leafy vegetables.  Food that are high in fiber generally are good sources of magnesium.  In addition to green leafy vegetables, magnesium is found in legumes, nuts (especially almonds), seeds (especially dried pumpkin seeds), and whole grains. It may also be found in meats, coffee, chocolate and dairy products.  Water containing a high mineral level may also contain magnesium.

Magnesium is available in supplement form.  In fact, magnesium supplements are available in various forms combined with other ingredients. These should only be used with the guidance of your health care professional.  It is important to balance the proper dosage when using magnesium supplements.  Mild side effects from too much magnesium may lead to vomiting , nausea, diarrhea or other stomach upsets.  Taking large amounts of magnesium supplements may lead to more serious side effects such as  kidney problems, irregular heartbeat, confusion, low blood pressure or slowed breathing.