Magnesium is involved in more than 300 enzymatic reactions in the body. Research on magnesium’s benefits dates to the early 1930’s but it has recently made a comeback. At the beginning to the century, most Americans got about 1200 milligrams of magnesium a day in their diet, while today the minimum RDA is only 400 mg – and not all of us get that. A recent survey suggests that 72% of adult North Americans aren’t meeting the RDA for magnesium.
Our bodies need magnesium more than ever today since polluted air and water can interfere with its proper functioning. Promising research into the connections between magnesium and heart disease cause health experts to now believe that magnesium deficiency can be linked to hardening of the arteries and high blood pressure.
Do you associate heart attacks with clogged arteries? Did you know that 25% of heart attacks occur in people with healthy arteries that are not clogged with fats? The link in these cases seems to be a magnesium deficiency. In fact, treatment with intravenous magnesium improves the survival rate of patients who’ve just had a heart attack.
Recently, magnesium has been investigated in terms of reducing symptoms of pre-menstrual syndrome. Women who generally suffer from headaches, intense cramps and fatigue were deficient in magnesium and these symptoms were alleviated by magnesium supplements.