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Is Magnesium The Missing Link To A Healthy Heart?

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Every cell in the body needs magnesium. It helps keep muscles strong and nerves alert. And studies suggests that daily magnesium supplements can even help an ailing heart.

Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death in Canada and the US.

With nearly half of our population consuming less than the recommended amount of magnesium in their diets, this prevalent magnesium deficiency is a commonly overlooked risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Studies demonstrate that the lower your intake of magnesium, the greater your risk of succumbing to cardiovascular disease.

Research has shown that magnesium supplementation can be therapeutic for a range of cardiac factors including arrhythmias, hypertension, atherosclerosis, and endothelial dysfunction.

Even a moderate magnesium deficiency can cause profound changes in how the heart, blood vessels, blood cells, intestinal tract, and other tissues function. This is because magnesium is critical for tissues that have electrical or mechanical activity, such as nerves, muscles (including the heart), and blood vessels.

Experiencing a heart attack or stroke because of a simple magnesium deficiency does not need to happen.

In this article, I provide important information to protect yourself from unnecessary cardiac events.

Are You At Risk Of Magnesium Deficiency?

Inadequate dietary intake is one reason why magnesium deficit is so prevalent in the elderly. Older people have reduced magnesium absorption in their intestines, reduced stores of magnesium in their bones, and increased magnesium losses in their urine. This correctable deficiency exposes the aging population to an entirely preventable cardiovascular risk factor.

Magnesium deficit is also responsible for inflammation, endothelial dysfunction, type II diabetes, excessive platelet “clumping,” and other changes that put your heart—and your life—at risk.

Magnesium Deficit Increases Cardiovascular Risk

Low magnesium levels raise the risk of developing potentially fatal disorders of heart rhythm, known as cardiac arrhythmias.

Having low blood magnesium levels increases risk for hypertension, the dangerous persistent rise in blood pressure that leads to congestive heart failure, strokes, and other catastrophes.

Lower magnesium levels are associated with higher blood pressure readings. In fact, you are nearly twice as likely to develop “prehypertension if your magnesium levels are below the safe lower limit.

Hypertension is also a leading risk factor for the development of dangerous enlargement of the heart, specifically the left ventricle, which is the heart’s main pumping chamber.

Endothelial dysfunction leads to thickening and stiffening of the arterial walls (“hardening of the arteries,” or atherosclerosis).5  While arterial stiffening drives up blood pressure, magnesium supplementation not only lowers blood pressure but also sharply decreases the resistance against which the heart must pump; this is especially notable in the smaller arteries that provide blood flow to major organs and help improve the amount of nutrient-rich blood they receive.

Magnesium is vital for normal metabolic function, including glucose metabolism and insulin action. This is why magnesium supplementation in type II diabetics appears to reverse much of the damage wrought by low levels. Magnesium is an essential “co-factor” for more than 300 enzymes and is vital to the ways your body manages its energy.

People with lower magnesium levels or low magnesium intake may be at an increased risk for developing metabolic syndrome, the combination of central obesity with at least two of the following: hypertension, lipid disorders, impaired glucose tolerance, or diabetes.

Summary

Magnesium is an element critical to multiple vital functions in the human body, yet even people interested in optimizing their nutritional health frequently ignore it. Low magnesium levels trigger problems in the heart muscle, blood vessel walls, and blood vessel linings that can lead to heart attacks, heart failure, atherosclerosis, and cardiac arrhythmias.

Magnesium deficiency also contributes to metabolic syndrome and type II diabetes, two epidemic conditions that themselves lead to cardiovascular disease and other chronic, age-related conditions.

But nearly half of all Canadians (and more than that among the elderly) fail to get enough magnesium in their diets, and therefore have suboptimal blood levels of this vital mineral.

Magnesium supplementation is an easy, inexpensive, and effective way to restore magnesium to your whole body, and studies show that boosting your magnesium levels sooner rather than later offers the best protection. Indeed, people with the highest blood levels of magnesium, and/or the highest dietary intake of magnesium are at lower risk for dying of both cardiac and non-cardiac conditions.

If you are an older adult concerned about the possibility of a premature death from cardiovascular or metabolic diseases, you should begin a regular magnesium supplement today.

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