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Amazing Health Benefits of Magnesium and Some Great Ways to Get More of It

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Mar 02, 2014
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  • Low levels of magnesium may increase risk of developing asthma.
  • Magnesium deficiency reduces serotonin levels which makes you upset.
  • More magnesium in diet may help protect against type 2 diabetes.
  • Magnesium is associated with a lower risk of sudden cardiac death.

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What is one thing that every cell in your body needs to function properly? Love, yes; but in terms of nutrients, it is magnesium.  The heart, the muscles, and the kidneys- every organ needs this mineral.

Magnesium contributes to the makeup of teeth and bones. Most important, it activates enzymes, contributes to energy production, and helps regulate calcium levels, as well as copper, zinc, potassium, vitamin D, and other important nutrients in the body.

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Treats Asthma

A population based clinical study of more than 2,500 children 11 - 19 years of age found that low dietary magnesium intake may be associated with risk of asthma. The same was found in a group of more than 2,600 adults 18 - 70 years of age.

Several studies show that intravenous (IV) magnesium and magnesium inhaled through a nebulizer can help treat acute attacks of asthma in children 6 - 18 years of age, as well as adults.

Eases Depression

Magnesium deficiency reduces serotonin levels which makes you upset. Even the antidepressants prescribed by doctors have been shown to raise magnesium levels in brain and hence, help the depressed state. A 2008 study found that magnesium was as effective as the tricyclic antidepressants in treating depression among people with diabetes.

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Protects against Type 2 Diabetes

A large clinical study of over 2,000 people found that getting more magnesium in the diet may help protect against developing type 2 diabetes. Some studies suggest that taking magnesium supplements may help blood sugar control and insulin sensitivity in people with diabetes or prediabetes.

Helps Heart

Magnesium is essential for heart health. Studies suggest a possible association between a modestly lower risk of Coronary Heart Diseases (CHD) in men and increased magnesium intake. In one study of women, higher dietary intakes of magnesium were associated with a lower risk of sudden cardiac death.

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The above mentioned points are just a glimpse to the whole film about how magnesium helps us being healthy.  But, where do we get it from?

Eat Foods that are Naturally High in Magnesium- Eat dark green, leafy vegetables, seaweeds, raw cocoa, coriander leaf, nuts and seeds, fish, avocado, almond butter and dark chocolate to get adequate magnesium.

Swim in the Ocean- Ocean water is rich in magnesium! If you live near a beach, take a swim in the ocean and absorb the magnesium.

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Bathe with Epsom Salts- Take an Epsom salt bath or magnesium flake bath 2-3 times a week or daily if you can. 2 cups of Epsom salts for baths and 1 cup of Epsom salts in foot baths are recommended.

People with poor dietary habits, pharmaceutical drug use, and nutrient-depleted growing soils are dangerously deficient of magnesium. In case you are deficient, work your way out of it to ensure proper functioning of all body systems.

 

Recommendations taken from University of Maryland Medical Center.

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