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Magnesium

A tremendous amount has been written about the effects of calcium on health, but what about it's sister, magnesium? Whereas calcium is used in the process of muscle contraction, magnesium is used for relaxation of muscle. Often times overly tight or sore muscles, or muscle pain that just won't go away is the result of a deficiency in magnesium. Keep reading to learn about this important mineral.

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From the second column in the periodic table of the elements, comes a metal that's used in everything from aircraft construction to computers to fire starters. It is also critical in our diet. Many of the special proteins called "enzymes" that run all the machinery in our cells use magnesium to help do their job. If you think of the enzymes as a factory worker, performing a job in an assembly line, you can think of magnesium as a tool that the worker uses to do their job.

Magnesium must exist in a balance with calcium within the body, kind of like a yin/yang. Often, through no fault of our own, we become deficient in this important mineral, because our food supply itself is deficient. Whereas nearly everything nowadays is fortified with extra calcium for bones, nearly nothing has adequate magnesium.

Feeling tired, sore or anxious? Having headaches that just won't go away? Magnesium deficiency is implicated in a wide variety of conditions from anxiety, to migraines, to high blood pressure.

High blood pressure, or hypertension, in many cases comes on for no apparent reason. Obviously, exercise and eating healthy are important factors to preventing this silent killer, but often even when exercise and diet are controlled for, high blood pressure remains. The reason is often magnesium deficiency. The major blood vessels contain very small muscles that control the blood pressure. These muscles, just like the ones that move your bones and joints need a proper balance of calcium and magnesium to work properly. When the magnesium levels get too low, the smooth muscles of the blood vessels can't relax and the blood pressure goes up.

Just like magnesium helps muscle to relax, it also is involved with relaxation in the brain. Several studies link magnesium deficiency to anxiety, and taking magnesium supplements helps increase calm, and decrease anxiety. Magnesium even helps with sleep, by preventing the brain from releasing stress hormones.

Magnesium comes in many different forms, and generally, the only difference is how well your body absorbs them. Magnesium Oxide (the least expensive form) is also the least absorbable, most of which passes directly through your body without being absorbed. Other forms, including magnesium citrate, L-malate, glycinate/bisglycinate, aspartate, orotate, etc, have slightly different properties, and some people absorb different forms better than others. In general though, any of these forms will work well for replacing lost magnesium.

As long as you have healthy kidneys, magnesium is a safe, effective, and many times, fast acting way to help improve sleep quality, calm anxiety, relax sore and tight muscles, and relieve high blood pressure.

Dr. Robert Press, a chiropractor practicing in Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417 is an expert in helping to treat all of the above conditions using magnesium, and in recognizing magnesium deficiency (which is nororiously hard to test for, but easy to diagnose from symptoms). Call 551-486-6143 for an appointment today!

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