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Magnesium

Magnesium’s benefits can include reduced symptoms from conditions such as chronic pain, fatigue and insomnia. Magnesium may also provide protection from a number of chronic diseases, especially those associated with aging and stress. Essential to life, necessary for good health, and a vital component within our cells, magnesium’s benefits help our bodies maintain balance, avoid illness, perform well under stress, and maintain a general state of good health.

 

In summary, Magnesium:

  • Is an important factor in muscle relaxation and heart health
  • Allows nerves to send messages in the brain and nervous system
  • Aids and regulates the body’s use of calcium and other minerals
  • Assists in bone and teeth formation
  • Regulates the metabolism of nutrients such as protein, nucleic acids, fats and carbohydrates
  • Regulates cholesterol production and helps modulate insulin sensitivity
  • Assists in energy production, DNA transcription and protein synthesis
  • Maintains the structural health of cell membranes throughout the body

Healthy magnesium levels have been linked to lowered blood pressure, reduced incidence of type II diabetes, emergency migraine treatment, reduced symptoms of asthma, and improved memory. Magnesium is also a healthy part of bone and a necessary element in healthy calcium regulation. Increased magnesium has been linked to reduced bone loss in older adults.

 

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