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Make Room for Magnesium

Updated on July 7, 2009

An Essential Mineral

Vitamins have been so well supported in our media and health communities that our minerals have taken a significant back-seat. In the process, so has our health, as exclusion of them is a mistake no one can afford to make. Let's start with the minor example of magnesium.

Magnesium is a mineral that carries strong leverage in its ability to balance. Without its compatriot, calcium, its job is ineffectual. However, calcium is equally so without its magnesium composite. The two must intertwine to coordinate the body's daily functions properly, and stealthfully maintaining this balance is critical to optimum health. But let's review some key components of these wonders.

Magnesium has properties that provide calming and soothing. This mineral has been shown effective in slowing nerves and reversing stress, and can manage seizure activity with the proper balance of dietary minerals and vitamins. When aligned properly, this mineral carries a boatload of nutritional components no one should overlook. An imbalance of magnesium has shown a correlation to various ailments, such as chronic fatigue syndrome, ADHD and related disorders. It's important to understand that calcium cannot offer proper absorption for strengthening if magnesium isn't present to offer the skeletal system limber movement.

Found in rich, green vegetables, spinach is perhaps one of the best sources of magnesium. Also found in brussel sprouts and other cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, these carry cancer preventatives as well. Supplementation can vary, and a professional should be consulted for the appropriate dosage to be determined.

This article should not be considered as medical advice. A professional should be consulted before applying dietary changes for chronic conditions.


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      katyzzz 8 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Good points but I prefer to take my minerals in natural foods rather than supplements and to your credit you did mention them. Well done in such an important field