Thousands of articles and many books have been written about magnesium. This element is the 9th most abundant in the universe, the fourth most common element in the Earth (after iron, oxygen and silicon), and is the third most abundant element dissolved in seawater, after sodium and chlorine.
Magnesium is one of the most abundant elements in the human body as well. It is involved in over 300 different enzymatic reactions.
And magnesium deficiency is a major problem and unfortunately quite common.
Magnesium regulates many bodily functions including blood pressure. In addition to blood pressure control, inadequate stores of magnesium can lead to an increased risk of:
- Heart attack, atrial fibrillation, and stroke
- Depression and anxiety
5 Reasons Magnesium Lowers Blood Pressure
- Magnesium is the calming mineral, and we see this played out when it comes to blood vessels. Magnesium improves endothelial dysfunction and induces vasodilation through nitric oxide production. In other words, it relaxes the blood vessels and prevents them from constricting.
- Magnesium is anti-inflammatory and may reduce inflammatory markers like hs-crp that are linked to high blood pressure.
- Magnesium reduces oxidative stress. There is a relationship between magnesium deficiency and a weakened antioxidant defense. Oxidative stress causes vascular smooth muscle hypertrophy and collagen deposits which leads to thickening and narrowing of the vessels.
- Magnesium regulates cell function by allowing calcium in the cell. Insufficient magnesium can prevent the calcium pump from working. When this happens calcium may not be pumped out of the cell leading to damage and possibly cell apoptosis (cell death). It also helps maintain mineral balance which is crucial to heart function as that supports the electrical activity within the heart.
- Magnesium acts as a calcium channel blocker. Calcium channel blockers are able to reduce the pressure on the vessels by limiting calcium, so your contractions are not as strong. Better than a drug for sure!
There is really no downside to taking supplemental magnesium. We have hundreds of patients who take our Magne 5. This supplement was created to provide 5 different forms of magnesium compounds. Each one has a unique benefit. For more information about Magne 5, click here.
We recommend 3 caps at bedtime as a starting dosage. You can increase to 3 caps 2x per day if needed. The only side effect of too much oral magnesium is diarrhea, but Magne 5 does not produce that effect like cheaper forms of magnesium oxide.
Finally, if you are familiar with my work, I love to test, not guess. Consider the Vibrant Micronutrient test for dozens of minerals and vitamins including magnesium. Vibrant looks inside the cell, where all of the above listed benefits of magnesium take place.
P.S. Don’t forget to read our blog on Top 10 Magnesium Foods for Heart Health