Magnesium is an important mineral that provides the body with normal bone structure, as well as structuring the teeth, in addition to proper muscle and nerve function, and energy metabolism; a process that allows our body to utilize energy from the foods we eat, including the intake of carbohydrates, fat and protein, as well as regulates blood sugar levels and blood pressure. In short, magnesium is something your body needs.
In addition to the aforementioned processes, magnesium can also be beneficial to your health in a number of other ways…and the list is fairly extensive. It can help with:
- High blood pressure (in pregnant women)
- High cholesterol
- Irregular heartbeat (a specific condition known as “torsades de pointes”)
- Pain caused by nerve damage
- Chronic fatigue
- Chest pain
- Blood clots
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Cerebral palsy
- Colon and rectal cancer
- Cystic fibrosis
If you suffer from any of these conditions, they may be partially due to the fact that you could have a magnesium deficiency. First, it’s important to know the other physical symptoms associated with this deficiency. Tell-tale signs include muscle weakness, cramping or spasms, tingling or numbness of the limbs, insulin resistance, low “HDL” levels (also known as the good cholesterol), as well as migraine headaches are some of the symptoms associated with magnesium deficiency.
While Dr. Ali Ghahary recommends speaking with your physician if you do notice any of these symptoms, there are also things you can do to increase your magnesium intake.
One of the best ways to increase your magnesium levels is from the foods you eat.
Magnesium is best found in foods such as nuts, whole grains, legumes, dark/leafy green vegetables, seafood, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, quinoa, and foods that are soy-based such as edamame and tofu. If your magnesium levels are significantly low and you find that foods still aren’t enough, you can also benefit from taking its supplement.
In some cases, it can also be administered intravenously or through an injection, but these do come with side effects that you should be aware of, such as weakness, flushing, sweating, confusion, poor reflexes, and potential heart disturbances.
It’s always best to weigh the pros and cons with your doctor.
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