Magnesium and your heart… and more

Magnesium deficiency is one of the major contributors to cardiac arrhythmia, angina, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and sudden death from heart attack. Unfortunately, almost everyone is low in magnesium.

Magnesium is far more vital to our total health than anyone realizes. It is truly the mystery mineral! Our national magnesium deficiency came about because of badly depleted soils, the commercial food industry and overcooking of our foods.

A deficiency of magnesium is dangerous for the nervous system, heart and kidneys.

But there’s more danger to the body if your magnesium levels are low. The mineral is used by every organ in the body and especially by the heart, muscles and kidneys. Researchers have detected more than 3,751 magnesium-binding sites on human proteins. It is found in more than 300 different enzymes in the body.

There are some telltale signs of magnesium deficiency. They are:

  • Calcium deficiency.
  • Poor heart health.
  • Weakness.
  • Muscle cramps.
  • Tremors.
  • Nausea.
  • Anxiety.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Type II diabetes.
  • Respiratory issues.
  • Dizziness.
  • Fatigue.
  • Potassium deficiency.
  • Difficulty swallowing.
  • Poor memory.
  • Confusion.

–Warning: Are you making any of these 7 deadly “man mistakes”?–

There is no fear of overload of magnesium in the diet. Any excess is excreted harmlessly. Magnesium supplementation can bring on diarrhea in some people the first few days, but it does not last long. Here’s how to get more.

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To supplement your magnesium intake, choose a product with magnesium citrate, which is among the most readily absorbed forms of magnesium supplements. You can also apply transdermal magnesium chloride topically so it can be absorbed through the skin.

But the best way to augment your magnesium intake is to add some foods to your diet that will naturally boost your magnesium levels. They are:

  • Pumpkin seeds.
  • Sunflower seeds.
  • Soybeans.
  • Black beans.
  • Cashews.
  • Spinach.
  • Squash.
  • Sesame seeds.
  • Almonds.
  • Okra.

Sources:, Natural Society


Bob Livingston

By Bob Livingston

American author and editor of The Bob Livingston Letter™, in circulation since 1969. Bob specializes in health issues such as nutritional supplements and natural alternatives, as well as issues of liberty, privacy and the preservation of medical freedom.