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Are You Getting Enough Magnesium?

Magnesium is important for optimum health. It aids over 300 chemical reactions in the human body Magnesium helps regulate blood sugar, is important in energy metabolism and making new proteins. It helps nerves, muscles, the heart and normal blood pressure. It aids the immune system and along with calcium keeps bones strong.

A government study in 2005 showed that 68% of Americans don’t even get the recommended minimum of 420 mg. a day. If you ever got muscle cramps at night, your doctor may have recommended taking calcium. A very active hiker said he took calcium and still got cramps after an active day. I gave him some of my magnesium tablets. He chewed them well for good absorption and had no more cramps

D.King and co-workers (J.Am.Col.Nutr. 2005) showed that persons with low magnesium had high C-Reactive Protein levels. High CRP values indicate inflammation that may be a factor in cardiovascular disease, some cancers and even Alzheimer’s disease. Even sixty years ago, obstetricians injected magnesium for the high blood pressure in toxemia of pregnancy. It is used routinely in patients in intensive care units.

Dr. Michael and Dr. Mary Dan Eades say that magnesium can replace calcium-channel-blockers and other drugs used for high blood pressure, migraines, allergies and asthma attacks. However, magnesium js cheap and not considered a medication by most doctors.

Broccoli contains magnesium while cauliflower, another cruciferous vegetable, is white. Magnesium is in chlorophyll which gives some vegetables their green color. Even eating lots of green vegetables won’t give you enough magnesium and most bottled waters have little or none. You can get magnesium tablets at your drug store. You don’t want the higher doses that relieve constipation. I take about half as much magnesium as calcium to keep my bones strong and stay healthy without drugs.

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