Calcium and Magnesium
Your doctor may tell you that you probably get all the
vitamins and minerals you need in your regular daily diet. Many
health care professionals don’t see the need for supplements of
vitamins and minerals.
But it is possible to become deficient in these building
blocks for the human body when we are under stress as most of
us are. Add the stress of illness, pregnancy or aging and you
will certainly be deficient with supplements
Unfortunately, for most people the regular daily diet is
sadly lacking in the necessary nutrients we all need.
Recent studies have confirmed that women over 40 are almost
always deficient in Magnesium.
Children can often eat junk foods to excess and miss out on
their daily nutritional requirements. The unborn child makes
heavy nutritional demands on the mother. Those people in the
older age bracket often find their stomach doesn't absorb
nutrients like it should.
Adolescents and young adults often have
stress of an emotional kind with school exams and late hours
for whatever reason. Mothers of young children rarely have a
moment to call their own so their bodies are under constant
stress and often they have to cope with sleep deprivation
Sometimes we can go for years feeling overtired or with
other minor problems without realizing that they could be
alleviated by the addition of certain dietary supplements.
Cramps in the lower limbs, restless leg syndrome and
sleeplessness are all eased by the addition of calcium and
magnesium to the diet.
Magnesium is more easily absorbed by the body in the form of
dolomite, or with the addition of calcium. People who are too
busy to eat properly, nursing or pregnant mothers and children
who refuse milk and are picky eaters should all take calcium
Children need lots of calcium to build strong bones and
teeth that will serve them faithfully for the rest of their
lives. The best sources of calcium is still those green
vegetables like broccoli and kale. Just try to get a child or
even adults to eat such things.
Calcium taken by the older age group will help to prevent
osteoporosis, a disease that causes bones to become brittle and
honeycombed. Fractures and broken bones in old age take so long
to heal that the unfortunate victim sometimes never recovers
fully from the results of a fall. It makes sense to prevent the
problem rather than wait until it happens, to do something
about it. Why not have a bone density scan to see if you are at
risk of osteoporosis?
If you are losing bone density, talk with your doctor about
a good exercise program for you. Exercise builds bone. The
mobility you will gain from that daily walk will benefit you
for years to come.
Magnesium helps to support a strong immune system and
maintains normal muscle and nerve function. It is also known to
be involved in every metabolism and protein synthesis and is
needed for over three hundred biochemical reactions in the
body, so it is very important.
One of the benefits of magnesium is its muscle relaxing
properties. The heart is a muscle and high blood pressure is
often caused by the heart not relaxing sufficiently on its
outward (diastolic) beat. There is increasing interest in the
role magnesium can play in managing hypertension and
If irritable bowel syndrome is the problem, a magnesium
supplement will help to reduce the cramping of the intestine by
relaxing it. Add a little peppermint oil in a chelated capsule
to aid in the removal of painful flatulence and gas build-up
and the two main symptoms of this disease are disposed of or
If you are taking prescription medication, always consult
your health care professional before taking supplements.
Supplements can interfere with some drugs.
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