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Do you know that magnesium is vital to more than 300 chemical reactions in the human body? This mineral plays a huge role in making your body function properly.

Without it, your muscles will not move efficiently and your nerves will lag in sending and receiving messages. What is alarming is that magnesium is an all-important mineral for the heart. It keeps its rhythm steady. Blood sugar levels are kept at balanced levels. Joints are assured of strong cartilage. Moreover, your DNA and bone depend on it.

To summarize, magnesium is responsible for the following:
• Energy production
• Creation of protein
• Maintenance of genes
• Muscle strength and flexibility
• Regulation of the nervous system
• Fights depression
• Controls insulin resistance

Natural sources
The body does not produce its own supply of magnesium. You need to get it from the food you eat and supplementation.

MAGNESIUM supports healthy muscle function. / PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF UNSPLASH/JACOB BENTZINGER

Just like Vitamin C, this mineral must be sourced from whole and natural foods as opposed to processed.

The amount of magnesium you need depends on your age and gender:
• Women (age 19 and above) — 310 mg daily
• Pregnant women — 350 mg daily
• Men (age 19 to 30 years)
— 400 mg; (age 31 and above) — 420 mg. daily
The best source of magnesium is food. If you intend to take a mineral supplement, do not exceed the recommended daily dose. Some reactions are diarrhea, nausea and stomach cramps.

Do not take magnesium if you have the following conditions: Kidney failure, heart blockages, bowel obstruction and myasthenia gravis.

There are certain illnesses that can cause low magnesium levels: Celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, Type 2 diabetes, diarrhea and alcoholism.

A night of alcohol bingeing can affect your magnesium levels.

Remember to consult your doctor before taking any kind of supplementation.

DARK chocolates are a great source of magnesium. / photograph courtesy of unsplash/tetiana bykovets

What to eat:
• Fish — Salmon, mackerel, halibut and pollock (consumption of fatty fish is associated with lower risk of heart disease)
• Vegetables — Leafy greens, kale, spinach, mustard greens, okra, potato with skin, edamame, Swiss chard.

• Fruits — Bananas, avocados, dragon fruit
• Whole grain food — Quinoa, bran cereals, wheat germ
• Legumes, seeds and nuts
— Cooked beans — black, pinto, navy, lima, chickpeas, tofu, almonds, cashews, peanut butter, flaxseed, tempeh, pumpkin seeds
• Whole grains — Oats, barley, wheat, buckwheat
• Dark chocolate

Brain booster
Take a closer look at magnesium and you will understand that it plays a critical role in brain function, most especially mood.

A study showed that people under the age of 65 who had the lowest magnesium levels had a 22 percent risk of suffering from depression. In fact, some health experts believe that 450 mg of magnesium supplements daily may be as effective as antidepressant drugs. Being a potent anti-inflammatory, it helps in keeping the brain in optimal function.

Migraine sufferers, for example, swear by the effectiveness of magnesium in addressing their debilitating discomforts. This is probably because people with lower magnesium levels tend to suffer from migraines.

QUINOA is rich in minerals particularly in magnesium. / PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF SONNY MAURICIO

Reduction
of insulin resistance
One of the leading causes of type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome is insulin resistance. This is caused by the inability of the liver and the muscle to absorb sugar from the blood stream.

This is where magnesium plays a key role in addressing the problem.  High levels of insulin lead to more magnesium loss. By increasing your magnesium levels, high blood sugar levels are addressed.

True stories
Dr. John Castro (not his real name) was a diabetic. His toe was turning black and needed amputation. Thus, he underwent surgery to address the matter. By adopting major lifestyle changes, he was able to control his blood sugar levels. Still not happy with the results, he decided to try the popular foot soak using powdered magnesium called Pro-Mag. Religiously, he had two 30-minute hot water foot soaks mixed with two tablespoons of magnesium preparation daily for 60 days.  After that time, his foot sores healed and his blood sugar levels went down to normal levels.  For inquiries, call 09171781488.

Susan Cruz, a senior and regular fitness enthusiast noticed that despite her regular workout, her heart would sometimes skip a beat.  She had a blood test done for vitamin and mineral deficiency and found out that her magnesium levels were low. She decided to try the liquid supplements given to her by a friend who imported the mineral solutions; ReMag and ReMyte. ReMag was designed for maximum absorption by the author of The Magnesium Miracle, Dr. Carolyn Dean. Within three days of taking the supplement, she had more energy and not once did her experience return. ReMyte on the other hand, was taken with ReMag. It contains 12 minerals that the body needs from iodine to potassium. This, plus ReAline, B-complex, gave Susan the feeling of being 40 again. The products are now available on Shopee.

Magnesium has life-changing and life-saving potential. Eat healthy to get your regular magnesium sources. But if you are deficient, consider supplementation.

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