Magnesium is responsible for over 600 biochemical reactions in the body and is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body. It’s essential to health and is needed for proper function of every system and organ in the body. Below are only some of the many conditions that magnesium can help.
Magnesium helps anxiety because it controls the center of the body’s stress response system (the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenocortical axis). Without proper magnesium intake, it is difficult for your body to manage stress. In addition, magnesium has a naturally calming effect as it relaxes the muscles and nerves.
Magnesium helps asthma because it relaxes the bronchial muscles and allows for more airflow in and out of the lungs by expanding the body’s airways. Additionally, t lack of magnesium could cause a calcium buildup of the muscle lining in the airways. This constricts the airways and makes it more difficult to breathe.
3. Blood Clots
Magnesium helps blood clots because blood clots are formed with calcium and reduced with magnesium. If magnesium is low, it is unable to counteract the clotting action of calcium. In addition, when magnesium is low, there are also other substances that are created in the body that contribute to blood clots.
4. Bowel Disease
Magnesium helps bowel disease because it can help to neutralize stomach acid. As well, magnesium relaxes the bowels and helps to move stool through the intestines. Many people with bowel disease are deficient in Magnesium. This deficiency could result because of many reasons, some being a restricted diet, chronic diarrhea, or poor stomach acid affecting absorption.
Magnesium helps cystitis because it has a naturally calming effect on the muscles – magnesium can reduce the amount of bladder spams and could potentially help the bladder to fully empty during urination.
Magnesium helps depression because serotonin, known as the “feel-good” brain chemical is essential for a happy mood and serotonin is dependent on magnesium.
Magnesium helps detoxification because it is essential for ATP-energy production in the cells – this supports detoxification so that the cells have the energy they need to pump out toxins. In addition, magnesium supports bowel elimination so the toxins can then exit the body.
8. Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Syndrome X.
Magnesium helps diabetes because is a cofactor involved in glucose metabolism so without proper magnesium levels, the body will be unable to properly metabolize glucose. Since magnesium and insulin have a reciprocal relationship, insulin cannot transfer glucose into the cells without magnesium.
Magnesium helps fatigue because it actives ATP in the body (adenosine triphosphate) which creates energy. In addition, magnesium improves sleep and helps with relaxation, both of which increase energy as a result.
10. Heart Disease
Magnesium helps heart disease because it helps the walls of the arteries and capillaries relax which then allows the blood to maintain a proper flow through the blood vessels. In addition, the anti-clotting anti-inflammatory properties of magnesium help to fight against heart disease. Lastly, the heart is a muscle and magnesium is required for proper relaxation of this muscle.
Magnesium helps hypertension )also known as high blood pressure), because magnesium is essential for the relaxation of blood vessels which then allows the blood to flow without restriction. In addition, low levels of magnesium correlate with high levels of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol.
Magnesium helps hypoglycemia because it is required for our cells to be affective at using insulin. It’s a vital player in helping the body convert glucose from our food into fuel – which helps to keep blood sugars stable.
Magnesium helps insomnia because it relaxes the muscles and has a calming effect on the entire nervous system and this makes it an essential mineral in the treatment of insomnia.
14. Kidney Stones
Magnesium helps kidney stones because magnesium helps with proper calcium absorption, allowing the calcium to be used by the body, rather than be deposited into the kidneys. When calcium is not absorbed properly it can be a contributing factor to kidney stones. Furthermore, studies have shown that a low magnesium level is associated with an increased risk of kidney disease.
15. Liver Disease
Magnesium helps liver disease because studies show that supplementing with magnesium prevent these conditions from getting worse. In addition, people who suffer from fatty liver or cirrhosis often have low magnesium levels.
Magnesium helps migraines for a few different reasons and not surprisingly, those who complain of migraines often have low magnesium levels. The cause of migraines is mult-faceted, however the three main ways that magnesium can help migraines is its involvement with serotonin production (serotonin deficiency can cause migraines), the constriction of blood vessels and the aggregation of platelets. Because magnesium has a natural calming effect, the blood vessels and are able to relax and the platelets are able to thin.
17. Musculoskeletal Conditions
Magnesium helps musculoskeletal conditions because it helps muscles relax. Many times, muscles are too tight which causes issues in our musculoskeletal system. Additionally, magnesium is necessary to prevent muscle cramps and spasms by calming the muscle, especially after times of increased activity or stress.
18. Nerve Problems
Magnesium helps nerve problems because it is necessary for optimal nerve transmission and neuromuscular coordination. In additional it regulates neurotransmitters that send signals through the nervous system and brain. In addition, magnesium protects against excitotoxicity which is defined as “excessive excitation leading to cell death.”
19. Obstetrics and Gynecological Conditions
Magnesium has been shown to help: Premenstrual syndrome, dysmenorrhea (cramping pain during menses), infertility, premature contracts, preeclampsia, and eclampsia in pregnancy. In addition magnesium has been shown to lessen the risk of cerebral palsy and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
Magnesium helps osteoporosis because without magnesium (and other important nutrients such as Vitamin D), calcium is not properly absorbed into the bones. Calcium is essential for optimal bone health.
21. Tooth Decay
Magnesium helps tooth decay because it helps build strong enamel and just as with bones, it helps calcium absorb properly for tooth function.
22. Raynaud’s Syndrome
Magnesium helps Raynaud’s Syndrome because it helps to relax the constricted blood vessels that are causing pain and numbness, thus helping to bring color and warmth to the skin.
Magnesium helps allergies because it helps to keep our histamine levels low. Allergy symptoms are present when our body creates too much histamine in reaction to a particular substance. Magnesium deficiency causes increased histamine production – therefore supplementing with magnesium can lower histamine levels.
Magnesium helps atherosclerosis because it helps put calcium into the proper places in the body – if calcium is not properly absorbed, it can deposit itself into the arteries causing some hardening of the arteries.