Magnesium is one of the most commonly prescribed supplements by natural health practitioners. The nutritional medicine textbook ‘Integrative Medicine’ (Rakel 2012) is a well-respected reference text for clinical nutrition.

It is co-written by more than 100 medical doctors and nutritional medicine specialists. These experts recommend supplemental magnesium for heart arrhythmia, asthma, PMS, fibromyalgia, hypertension, diabetes, migraines, muscle problems (especially cramp) and many more.

Magnesium is classified as an essential major mineral. About half of body magnesium is stored in bones; the rest in tissue, especially muscles. Like all nutrients, there is an optimum range for magnesium levels. A diet rich in green vegetables, nuts and seeds will potentially provide the magnesium we need. However it is prudent to take a good multi-mineral to ensure magnesium stays at optimum levels.

There are some health problems that respond to higher levels of magnesium. I generally include extra supplemental magnesium for muscle cramps, muscle weakness, restless legs, arrhythmias, especially atrial fibrillation, hypertension, nerve problems, energy issues, anxiety and sleeping problems.

The reason that extra magnesium is so effective is that it is responsible for numerous body processes. Higher doses of magnesium can dilate blood vessels, making it excellent for hypertension and circulatory issues. Magnesium is often used in medicine for atrial fibrillation. Taking it as a dietary supplement can help support normal heart rhythm. It does this by helping correct the heart’s electrical signals.

Magnesium supplements use many different forms of magnesium from low-grade magnesium oxide to high-grade chelated forms. My preference is to combine several forms. I use two different chelated forms plus magnesium citrate. These rapid absorption forms are well tolerated and get fast results.

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