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Magnesium

Magnesium is an important mineral and can be found in significant amounts in the human body. Magnesium has an important role in biology. It can be found in all of the living creatures and is vital to proper functioning of the body. Magnesium is related to different enzymes that are used in the constantly active processes of breaking down and building.

For animals, the source of Magnesium is eating plants, and especially green plants. Magnesium is related to the muscle activity. Magnesium deficiency may lead to confusion, muscle tremor and especially to limbs, diarrhea, constipation, nausea and even to death. It had been scientifically proven that magnesium is the most important mineral to heart health. Over 300 different enzymes are dependent on this mineral. Magnesium helps regulating the Calcium blood level, energy production and muscle relaxation. Magnesium is a part of the mineral structure of bones and teeth. Bones serve as external reservoir for Magnesium cells.

Magnesium is essential to the conversion of vitamin D into its biologically active form, which later assists the body in the consumption and utilization of calcium.

Magnesium food sources: Quinoa, whole wheat, spinach, corn, pumpkin seeds, soybeans, white beans, chard, Brazil nuts, almonds, cashews, artichokes, pine nuts, bran, tofu, codfish, dark chocolate, tuna, brown rice. Products low in magnesium are meat, fish, grains without husk and dairy products.

A 2005 research that was done in the US under the name “What we eat in America” found that almost half of all Americans that are over 1 year old suffer from Magnesium deficiency. It was found that among over than two thirds of teenagers between 14 and 18, and elderly people over the age of 70, the Magnesium consumption is not good. Since magnesium is used for many function is the human body, knowing the fact that most Americans do not consume enough of it then logically there is the potential that millions of Americans live their lives with health issues that can be directly attributed to the poor Magnesium consumption. Insufficient magnesium, together with lack of other vitamins and minerals, is rarely diagnosed correctly.

A group of symptoms that occur due to Magnesium deficiency can disturb a person at the same time such as:

- Nigraines

- Heart disorders, including mitral valve prolapse

- Diabetes

 Fibromyalgia

- High blood pressure

- Asthma

- Insomnia

- Anxiety

- Depression

- Tight muscles, including TMJ

- Tics and twitches

Yet, frequently these symptoms were diagnosed as symptoms that are not related to Magnesium deficiency, and were treated with medicine and surgeries that never solved the base of the problem, which many times could just be insufficient Magnesium consumptions.

Magnesium and sport -

Many athletes take pills that contain magnesium since the body uses magnesium to reduce the flow of adrenalin in the body, lower the blood pressure, and relax the tight muscles. Without sufficient reserves of magnesium, the muscles may remain tense, blood pressure remains high, and the adrenaline keeps flowing. Our body may stay in a state of constant struggle and / flight alert status. Athletes use magnesium in order to get their muscles back to regular behaviour after a long lasting effort.

Magnesium and asthma - an increasing number of studies show that people who are suffering from Asthma usually have insufficient amounts of Magnesium in their bodies and increasing this amount helped them. A 2010 study made by researchers from the University of California, divided Asthmatic people into 2 groups, one group received magnesium and the other placebo. After six and a half months, at the end of the study, the researches have found that the group that used the magnesium had a drastic improvement in the lung activity, as well as the ability of the lungs to move air in and out of them. In the same context, a 1994 study that was done in England, found that people with low magnesium consumptions usually suffer from asthma symptoms.

Multi vitamin pills and tablets frequently do not contain magnesium as it is a clumsy mineral that makes the pills and tablets very large, therefore manufacturers usually decide to keep it out. These vitamins may actually contain components that will reduce the magnesium level in the body, which would just increase the risk of Asthma and allergies.

Magnesium and attention deficit disorder- The use of magnesium as treatment and in order to prevent ADD and ADHD is becoming more and more common. There is an increasing amount of studies that support the idea that major causes of ADD and ADHD are insufficient exercise and nutritional deficiencies, especially of magnesium. A 1977 study that was done by Polish researches, 95% of the kids that were diagnosed with ADD suffered from magnesium deficiency.

Magnesium and the heart - Magnesium supplements can improve energy production within the heart, improve oxygen supply to the heart, slows down the process of blood coagulation, and improve the heart rate. "Magnesium supplementation has been used in many of these applications for over 50 years". In a study published by researchers from the Czech Republic in 1990, six patients with soft tissue calcification were treated with oral magnesium. Seventy-five percent of the patients healed without any side effects or complications. In a study of the mitral valves, researchers in Italy found that magnesium deficiency played an important role in human heart valves calcification. Chemical analysis of human cardiac mitral valves, which suffered from massive calcification, showed that the magnesium content appeared in a very reduced amount.

Magnesium and diabetes - an increasing number of studies indicate that low levels of magnesium may play a key role in increasing cases of diabetes among Americans. Diabetes is currently the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.

Two separate studies by Harvard researchers published in the journal Diabetes Care, found that magnesium-rich foods can reduce the risk of diabetes. According to two studies, in general people in the U.S. do not consume the recommended levels of magnesium, a major factor contributing to the increasing rate of occurrence of type II diabetes.

Magnesium and the prevention of hearing loss - on average, more than 9 million Americans are exposed to noise levels above 85 decibels daily, the level at which the risk of permanent hearing loss is growing exponentially. Researchers have found that magnesium is essential for regulating cell membrane permeability, they found that magnesium supplementation is effective in preventing noise-induced hearing loss.