It is estimated that more than 50% of the US population does not meet the recommended daily intake for Magnesium and that is on the conservative side. It is likely that 80% of the population is deficient. Ok so what does this mean for you? Magnesium is important for many different functions in the body; however, the purpose I recommend it to others and the reason I take it myself on a regular basis is because it is a natural muscle relaxer. Not to get boring on you here but there are 4 different minerals that are responsible for all muscle function – calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium. Those are the minerals that are responsible on a cellular level for causing action or inaction on the part of the cell. I will not go into great and boring detail on you with this but essentially magnesium gets the cell to chill out and therefore the muscle to relax. It is interesting to note that calcium does just the opposite and there are many people taking calcium supplements for bone strength. If there is too much calcium in proportion to magnesium it will definitely make your muscles chronically tight. The optimal ratio for calcium to magnesium is 3:2 or 2:1. Stay tuned to future articles to learn how magnesium affects different systems of the body such as the cardiovascular system and the gut, how it affects fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, natural food sources for magnesium and why it is difficult to get enough from the food that is eaten and what the best supplementation options are. When you are done you will also be an expert on magnesium 🙂
Now you know how magnesium affects the muscles on a cellular level and a deficiency makes muscles unnecessarily tense and tight. Aside from just having tight shoulders and maybe a tight back and really tight hamstrings what harm could magnesium deficiency have? Keep in mind that all of your arteries have tiny little muscles around them and that is what controls the pressure inside the circulatory system. If those muscles are tight it could possibly cause high blood pressure unnecessarily. Your intestinal system is also a series of muscles that help push the contents through to the end. If those muscles are not able to fully relax then they are not really able to effectively push the contents through and constipation could be the result. And ladies, your uterus is a muscle believe it or not. Those cramps you get on a monthly basis… well, that uterus would relax better if it had adequate magnesium levels in the muscle. If you are interested in finding magnesium you can visit this link here and find my favorite magnesium from amazon, which is where I get it when I do not purchase it from my amazing local physician. If those hyperlinks did not work then use the one below.
If you want something that is super effective then Cardiovascular Research Magnesium solution is truly the best. Click this link if you want to get it from Amazon, which is where I purchase Magnesium chloride solution unless I happen to see my favorite local physician. If the above hyperlinks did not work then click or copy and paste the link below.