Magnesium is so vital to our overall wellbeing. It’s required for over 300 biochemical reactions in your body and helps so many different parts of the body. Your heart is dependent on it to perform at its peak. Magnesium stabilizes the hearts rhythm and helps prevent abnormal blood clots in the heart. This helps to lower the chance of stroke or heart attack and even aids in the recovery of stroke and heart attack. Magnesium deficiency is one of the causes of irregular heartbeats, mitral valve prolapse, stroke, heart attack and high blood pressure. It is so essential to the heart that the heart cannot function properly without it.
Another problem with magnesium deficiency is depression. As far back as 1996, doctors knew of the connection between magnesium deficiency and depression and a study by Dr. Norman Shealy, neuroscientist and colleague Dr. Richard Cox proved this connection. Out of 475 chronically depressed people, 100% were deficient in magnesium. Amazing correlation. In 2009, a study performed in New Zealand showed the same connection. The “why” of these discoveries has yet to be revealed, but the connection is definitely there.
Not getting enough magnesium also plays a role in problems such as type II diabetes, migraines, muscle pain, glaucoma, osteoporosis, emphysema, pre-eclampsia, asthma and kidney stones. All of these diseases are linked to low magnesium. In the case of fibromyalgia, doctors have begun prescribing magnesium because it has a relaxing effect on the muscles.