The Surprising Link Between Magnesium Deficiency and Heart Disease. Are You at Risk?
Posted on April 13 2018
You've likely heard all the warnings about heart disease and seen this deadly condition linked to a number of causes. It's true that a poor diet, lack of exercise, and habitual smoking can lead to a number of heart conditions, and a great way to prevent heart disease is to lead an all-around healthy lifestyle.
But what if we told you that you could be (seemingly) in perfect health and still be at risk for heart conditions like hypertension (high blood pressure), arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat), and other complications like weakened heart muscles, clogged blood vessels and even heart attacks?
Introducing a risk that many Americans are taking in today's world: a consumption of magnesium that is far lower than the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) suggested by national health groups.
The Importance of Magnesium
Most people don't realize what the presence of magnesium in their bodies can do for their health. Magnesium is one of the most important substances that we often ignore, in favor of calcium, potassium, and other minerals that we see as more important, letting our magnesium intake (or lack thereof) receive little interest in our day-to-day lives.
What we don't realize is that magnesium plays so many roles in our overall health. Magnesium is needed in crucial processes inside the human body, such as energy production, enzyme synthesis to regulate blood pressure, muscle function and more. Magnesium contributes to healthy bone development and the creation of human genetic material.
Sounds important, right? But what if we told you that there are an estimated 57% of all Americans who are currently not receiving the recommended daily intake of magnesium through their diet or through supplements?
Consequences of Magnesium Deficiency
The reason people often aren't aware that they're magnesium-deficient is because the symptoms aren't that obvious. They include:
- Muscle cramps and weakness
- Loss of appetite
- Poor memory
- Difficulty focusing
- Decreased ability to learn
Because these symptoms range in severity, you may not notice them as they occur. There are, however, more grave consequences not often attributed to magnesium deficiency in which shortage of magnesium can absolutely play a role.
Magnesium is important to your body's muscle and internal motor function, meaning the muscles that control the heart and the processes that move blood through the blood vessels. The less magnesium your body is storing, the harder your heart and blood vessels work to move blood through your system, increasing your risk for arrhythmia, when the muscles of your heart cannot keep a healthy rhythm, hypertension, when your blood pressure becomes too high, and heart attack caused by these factors plus heart muscles weakened by other conditions.
For people who are completely healthy otherwise — non-smokers and people who aren't overweight — magnesium deficiency won't necessarily have a major effect on heart health, but not consuming enough magnesium can amplify the risks of heart disease caused by poor diet and exercise habits and other unhealthy lifestyle choices.
Are You at Risk? What's the Solution?
Magnesium deficiency affects a staggering number of American adults, and practically everyone is at risk. When heart health becomes more closely studied in older adults, magnesium deficiency can have a larger effect when combined with other risk factors for heart disease.
Luckily, there is a solution, in the form of Greenway Biotech's natural Magnesium Chloride USP. This organic magnesium is sourced from the Dead Sea in Israel.
Free of contaminants, harsh chemicals, and heavy metals our magnesium bath flakes and magnesium oil sprays are a healthy, relaxing way to get the recommended amount of magnesium in your system without having to take an extra pill or drink a serum.
Also containing magnesium, we offer Epsom salts, which provide a relaxing bathing experience and a boost to your daily magnesium intake levels.
Visit our website to find out which magnesium product is right for you.