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Friday, October 15 2021

Magnesium: Let’s Take a Moment to Discuss this Essential Mineral

As we have made our way through the mess of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have begun hearing more about certain vitamins and supplements that they’d never thought much about before. Magnesium is one of them, and one in which most people are deficient. The body requires an adequate amount of this particular mineral to sustain functions like heart rhythm, bone density, and blood pressure regulation. People who are deficient in magnesium may experience medical conditions such as depression, insulin resistance and diabetes, migraines, and other problems.

Here, we discuss what magnesium can do for the body and how you can find out if you’re getting enough of this nutrient. 

Benefits of Magnesium

  • Better rest and less stress. Magnesium is a calming mineral. It regulates neurotransmitters, resulting in physical and mental relaxation. If you’re not sleeping well, chances are a little magnesium could help.
  • Heart health. Studies have linked magnesium deficiency to an increased risk of heart disease. It is thought that magnesium helps to keep calcium where it belongs, in the bones, not in the bloodstream and tissues. 
  • Healthy blood pressure. The muscle relaxing properties of magnesium extend to the veins and arteries, which can help promote healthier blood flow.
  • Digestive health. Magnesium is involved in the digestive process and regular bowel movements. In particular, many doctors recommend magnesium citrate for people who tend to struggle with constipation. 
  • Blood sugar regulation. Magnesium is involved in helping the body metabolize sugar and carbohydrates. This mineral, then, may help patients avoid or manage diabetes.
  • Strong bones. Magnesium may be particularly beneficial for post-menopausal women because it has been associated with higher bone density. 

Why Don’t We Get Enough Magnesium?

Magnesium is a vital mineral in which some foods tend to be higher in. Examples include whole-grains, soybeans, peas, beans, nuts, and green leafy vegetables. However, even if we’re consuming these foods, we’re probably not getting enough magnesium. The quality of modern-day crops has something to do with that, as does our food manufacturing process. Some medications, as well, can inhibit the absorption of magnesium. So, as you see, it isn’t as easy to maintain adequate levels as one may think. Fortunately, there are alternatives. 

The Ong Institute provides nutritional testing for patients who are interested in maximizing their vitality. Once we know which nutrients are lacking, we can develop a customized plan for supplements, with or without IV therapy. 

At some point, many people reach the understanding that their health and wellness is in their hands. If you would like help reaching full wellness, contact our Scottsdale office at (480) 771-7771 for a consultation with Dr. Ong. 

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