Magnesium is essential for the transmission of nerve impulses and muscle
contraction. It is required by your body to convert into energy the blood sugar
stored as glycogen in your liver. This mineral is necessary for
vitamin-C metabolism as well as that of
and potassium. It also helps in bone building, and
aids your body in dealing with physical and emotional stress.
- Essential for the manufacture of the DNA and RNA coding in your cells.
- Protects you from heart disease.
- Helps lower high blood pressure.
- Helps relieve migraines.
- Makes your exercising muscles stronger and increases your endurance to
- Supplements can help prevent recurrent kidney stones.
- Works with calcium to protect against
postmenopausal bone loss.
- Enhances the health of pregnant and nursing women.
- May help relieve premenstrual tension.
Good for These Symptoms:
- Muscle tremors
- Poor memory
- Water retention
Signs of Deficiency:
- Loss of appetite
- Uncontrolled muscle contractions
- In severe deficiency, convulsions
- Even a marginal deficiency can predispose you to cardiac-rhythm
abnormalities, a potentially life-threatening condition.
- Over time, a deficiency may create cardiovascular problems.
- The average American gets barely three quarters of the RDA for this
At High Risk for Low Magnesium:
- Those who take diuretics
- Undergoing cancer chemotherapy
- Take digitalis drugs
- Taking antibiotics
- Heavy drinkers
- Have had a heart attack
- Have kidney problems
- Whole grains
- Leafy green vegetables
RDA: 350 mg
Optimal Level: 750 mg
Maximum: 1,000 mg
Signs of Toxicity:
CAUTION: IF YOU HAVE KIDNEY OR HEART PROBLEMS, DO NOT TAKE MAGNESIUM
SUPPLEMENTS WITHOUT CONSULTING YOUR DOCTOR.