When doctors began uncovering the concerns surrounding osteoporosis, they focused heavily on calcium consumption and supplementation.
After all, your bones are made of calcium, so therefore you should load up on calcium... right?
Since then, studies have shown that women who take calcium supplements only are at a higher risk of heart disease.
What is the correlation?
Calcium can precipitate in tissues and cause build-up of atherosclerosis. A balance is needed for the appropriate contraction and relaxation in muscles, the heart muscle included.
In terms of bone health, you need a lot of other nutrients; collagen, for example. Magnesium allows the bones to be more supple and less brittle.
Unfortunately, magnesium is difficult to measure in the blood. A "normal" range based on blood serum levels might be anything but.
Symptoms of a magnesium deficiency include: migraines, muscle twitching and spasms, leg cramps (Charlie horse), esophageal reflux (GERD), high blood pressure, angina, constipation, depression, fibromyalgia, IBS, insomnia, kidney stones, PMS, seizures, even infertility due to spams in the Fallopian tubes.
Sufferers may take prescription or OTC drugs to address these symptoms, but those drugs often deplete magnesium levels even more, furthering the vicious cycle.
An optimal dose depends on one's deficiency, but no less than 600 mg per day and up to 1,000-1,200 mg per day. The mineral can have a laxative effect if you take too much, so look for a version that will prevent that effect. For example, magnesium oxide is especially harsh on your bowels, with only four percent of the mineral being absorbed by the body.
Listen in as Dr. Carolyn Dean joins host Lisa Davis to explain why magnesium is so essential for not only bone health, but overall health as well, and how you can start healing your health issues simply by taking into consideration a potential magnesium deficiency.
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