Low magnesium and heart disease
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Magnesium participates as a cofactor in more than 300 enzymatic reactions in your body which comes as a surprise to people who think that
Medications tend to steal the show, but I can't name one drug that functions in 300 metabolic processes in your body. Not one!
According to a survey by the
Magnesium levels impact one hugely important organ in your body, your heart! Everyone is so afraid of a heart attack and yet, I bet you don't know that a low level of magnesium is associated with an increased level of C-reactive protein (CRP). CRP is a marker for type of inflammation and it's a silent killer. High CRP levels are associated with heart disease.
Has anyone ever tested your RBC magnesium levels if you have asthma? The reason I ask is because low magnesium levels have long been associated with several adverse, dangerous lung conditions. Even a recent study confirmed how low levels of magnesium and vitamin D are associated with an increased incidence of severe breathing difficulties. Sadly, most patients are put on inhalers for their entire lifetime, without ever getting tested to see if low mag is contributing.
A low magnesium level can damage your brain and mood. In my book, "Headache Free," I provided research to show how magnesium can reduce headache frequency, while improving mood and restorative sleep. No surprise there ... magnesium is needed to create dopamine, serotonin and other happy brain chemicals. But a very common mistake is taking the wrong form. You will need the kind of magnesium that actually gets into your brain, like the "threonate" form, as opposed to the laxative form of magnesium like "citrate" which slides through your colon.
I have much more about magnesium's role in women's health, bone integrity and cardiovascular disease. Sign up for my newsletter on my website (suzycohen.com). When you do that, I'll email the longer version of this article. You do need to read it because three out of four American's are magnesium deficient, so if it's not you, then three of your relatives are deficient and that means their heart and brain are at risk.
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