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Are You Getting Enough of the Heart-Health Mineral?

Are You Getting Enough of the Heart-Health Mineral?

Before you pop that calcium supplement you might want to consider the importance of its partner mineral, magnesium.† Excessive amounts of one mineral can decrease absorption of another.† Thatís important to know since many people pop calcium supplements like candy.

Calcium and magnesium are best taken together since they are synergistic. Typically wherever calcium is needed in the body, magnesium is also required. Magnesium is the relaxation and anti-stress mineral, since it plays an important role in helping our bodies combat stress. It is necessary for healthy artery, blood, bone, heart, muscle, and nerve function, yet experts estimate that approximately 80 percent of the population in North America may be deficient in this important mineral.

Magnesium is so important to our health and well-being that it is even involved in the production of energy for most of our bodily processes and even the structuring of our basic genetic material is dependent on adequate amounts of magnesium. Your body also requires adequate supplies of magnesium to manufacture the approximately 500 enzymes needed for basic life and metabolic functions.

Chocolate is high in magnesium. Cravings for it often indicate that your body is deficient in magnesium.† Other foods high in magnesium include:† fish, asparagus, broccoli, kidney and pinto beans, quinoa (a delicious ancient grain), sweet potatoes, almonds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, figs, lemons, apples, dark leafy greens, celery, alfalfa sprouts, brown rice, and many other sources.

If youíre prone to heart problems, headaches or muscle tension, you may find that supplementing with magnesium is helpful.† Most people take between 400 to 800 mg of magnesium. Always check with a qualified health practitioner before taking any supplement.

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6:35AM PST on Jan 10, 2013

good reason to check things with your doctor, or eat more fish etc. Me, I will try to do both the one and the other.

5:31AM PST on Dec 22, 2012

Thank you Michelle, for Sharing this!

9:12AM PST on Dec 1, 2012

good to know

6:04AM PST on Dec 1, 2012

Thanks

1:39AM PST on Dec 1, 2012

Thanks! GREAT to know!

9:27PM PST on Nov 30, 2012

Thank you :)

2:43AM PST on Nov 30, 2012

Thanks for the info.

6:03PM PST on Nov 25, 2012

I didn't know ES was for pain, wow....gonna get me some.

9:48AM PST on Nov 24, 2012

I take quite a regimen of vitamins and minerals daily and very important are potassium, magnesium and calcium with D3.

7:17AM PST on Nov 23, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

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