Magnesium

What is Magnesium?
Magnesium is a mineral and is one of the most abundant elements in the universe. It is similarly one of the most abundant elements in the human body. About half of the body’s magnesium is found in the bones, and the other half is found in body tissues and organs. This presence of the mineral in various parts of the body informs the large variety of physiological functions it serves such as strengthening the bones and supporting bone health, supporting healthy immune functions, maintaining muscle and nerve function, regulating blood sugar levels, and promoting healthy blood pressure levels. Normal levels of magnesium can be obtained through supplementation and the consuming of certain foods.

What are the health benefits of Magnesium?
Magnesium can be used to treat certain forms of heart disease and problems with arterial plaque. Because it can build bone health, magnesium can be used to treat lower back pain as well as treat symptoms of menopause. Magnesium can also be used to treat dizziness, headaches, high blood pressure, incontinence, insomnia, cramps and pain associated with menstrual disorders, and sciatica.

What foods are good sources of Magnesium?
Magnesium can be found in dark green, leafy vegetables such as spinach and other sources of chlorophyll. It can also be found in legumes, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and other vegetables. Eating a variety of these foods can help a person meet their daily need for magnesium.

Are there other ways to take Magnesium?
Magnesium can also be taken as supplements, which can be found online, in health food stores, in pharmacies, and in the offices of alternative medical practitioners.

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