The Power of Magnesium

The Power of Magnesium

Do you crave chocolate? Have you ever suffered from acute anxiety, nervousness, tight muscles/cramping, or even bouts of heart palpitations?  There may be a super (or macro) mineral that could be your next favorite hero!  This Super Mineral is called Magnesium!
It’s called a macro-mineral due to the fact that it is so prevalent in the body.  We all need minerals in a perfect ratio for the body to function properly, and magnesium ranks fourth in overall abundance in the human body.  In fact, it’s easier to show a deficiency in a mineral than a vitamin; although, many of us only think vitamins when we want to improve our health.

It might be interesting to note that magnesium is the main mineral found in the “blood” or chlorophyll of plants.  Just as iron runs through our veins, magnesium runs through the veins of plants.  Hence, all dark green plants are rich in Magnesium!  We need these dark, leafy greens to assist our bodies in obtaining healthy levels of this wonderful mineral, magnesium.

Here’s one of my favorite facts: Cocoa contains 500 mg of magnesium per 100-gram  serving (unsweetened, unprocessed, plain cocoa powder).  Research has found that,  “Women especially crave chocolate during the second phase of their menstrual cycle (post ovulatory) which is known to be a time when they are especially low in magnesium; PMS is known to be characterized by irritability, feelings of anxiousness and tension…all of which are clinical signs of magnesium deficiency.”
Chocolate consumption for health purposes (and for the best magnesium source) is best via raw and low sugar/high cocoa content with a minimum of 65% cocoa.  Many times,  women crave both ice cream and chocolate during their cycle, sometimes denoting a deficiency in both minerals, calcium and magnesium.

Magnesium is a relaxing mineral so it allows a feeling of “calm” and “relaxation.”  Its action is to relax the muscles and has a great affinity to the heart muscles and intestines.  So much so that you will most certainly know if you have taken too much magnesium…evident in loose stools.  Magnesium is water soluble, and the body finds a natural way of ridding itself of excess quite efficiently, which makes magnesium wonderful for anyone suffering from constipation or cramping.

Signs of Magnesium deficiency include: Confusion, disorientation, loss of appetite, depression, muscle contractions and cramps, tingling, numbness, abnormal heart rhythms, coronary spasms, eye spasms, and seizures.

“Magnesium experts estimate that at least 50% of sudden heart attacks may be due to magnesium deficiency.  Intravenous magnesiumm given as soon as possible after a heart attack, may provide the best protection for the heart regarding degree of damage done.”

Ever had a “Charlie-Horse”? Try some Magnesium!

Magnesium is found in the following foods in order of prominence:
Kelp, Wheat Bran, Wheat Germ, Chocolate/Cocoa, Cashews, Filberts, Peanuts, Almonds, Brazil Nuts, Pecans and Walnuts; Molasses, Brewer’s Yeast, Buckwheat, Dulse, Millet, Wheat, Rye, Tofu, dried Coconut Meat, Brown Rice, dried Figs, Apricots, Dates, Collard Greens, Shrimp, Corn, Avocado, Cheddar Cheese, Parsley, dried Prunes, Sunflower Seeds, Barley, Dandelion Greens……

Please note it is very important that one’s levels of calcium and magnesium be maintained in balance.  Magnesium can be taken alone, but calcium should always be taken in conjunction with magnesium.  Typically, the proper ratio to maintain this balance is two to one, calcium to magnesium; although, this can vary in certain health situations.

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