Monday, February 3, 2014

The Magic of Magnesium II

Magnesium and Hypertension, Heart Disease and Diabetes

Low magnesium is a huge factor in hypertension because it helps to relax the smooth muscles of blood vessels, resulting in less resistance to blood flow, lowering blood pressure.
In addition, magnesium help optimize levels of the hormones norepinephrine, serotonin, and levels of nitric oxide that open blood vessels for better flow. It is interesting that synthetic hypertension drugs work by a similar mechanism, but have severe adverse side effects. According to Hypertension (March 1989) studies have shown that 625 mg per day caused significant decline in blood pressure similar to the best anti-hypertension drugs.

Research has also shown that low magnesium causes and increased rate of heart disease and atherosclerosis (plaque in the arteries).

There is also a link between control of blood sugar and low magnesium. Such a deficiency impares the secretion of insulin and reduces the ability of cells to respond to the hormone, leading to insulin resistance. Magnesium supplementation has been found to reduce glucose tolerance. The mineral also affects cholesterol and triglycerides.

I am summarizing and quoting significantly from an article by Dr. David Brownstein titled Heal Your Body Through the Magic of Magnesium, written in December 2012. The comments about vegetables, chlorophyl and plants are mine.

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