The heart depends on magnesium to run smoothly. This powerhouse mineral is responsible for over 300 enzymatic reactions in the body.
Stress depletes many nutrients, but critically magnesium. Since most Americans are chronically stressed, at least half are deficient in magnesium. This deficiency has a major impact on the heart.
Cardiac Symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency:
- Heart arrhythmias like atrial fibrillation, PAC’s and PVC’s (palpitations)
- Elevated blood pressure
- Blood sugar imbalance
- High cholesterol
- Heart damage
These symptoms can be frightening and certainly cause anxiety and even extreme fear or panic attacks. It is crucial to get to the root cause as magnesium deficiency may be the culprit. The good news here is that magnesium deficiency can be reversed.
6 Ways Magnesium Impacts the Heart:
- Heart Rhythm: Magnesium is essential for a normal heart rhythm. An imbalance of minerals and electrolytes such as magnesium, potassium, sodium, and calcium can trigger dysregulated electrical impulses, directly contributing to arrhythmias and heart palpitations.
- Blood Pressure: Magnesium supplementation leads to a significant decrease in systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Magnesium acts as a natural calcium channel blocker, allowing blood vessels to relax. Magnesium tells the smooth muscle cells to chill out and thus allowing blood pressure to drop. Low magnesium is linked to high blood pressure in countless studies. You can also see: “Five Reasons Magnesium Lowers Blood Pressure”.
- Inflammation: Several studies have found that magnesium intake is inversely related to elevated serum or plasma CRP (concentrations of this rise in response to inflammation in the body). Even low levels of inflammation damage blood vessels and promote the growth of plaque in your arteries.
- Blood Sugar Imbalance: Over time, imbalanced blood sugar levels lead to an increased risk of damage to blood vessels which can lead to high blood pressure and hardening of the arteries.
- Cholesterol: Low levels of magnesium are associated with higher levels of LDL (or bad) cholesterol. Studies have shown that a diet rich in magnesium or supplementation with magnesium lowers cholesterol, triglycerides and oxidative stress.
- Heart Damage: Magnesium plays a role on the cellular level, but specifically in cardiac cells. This mineral also helps your heart muscle relax by countering calcium, which contracts muscle/heart tissue.
Now that you are aware of the importance of magnesium, you can eat and supplement your way to sufficient levels. See “Top Ten Magnesium Foods for Heart Health”. Food is generally less nutritious than it used to be due to soil depletion, so it is important to know your levels. You can test with us by ordering the Micronutrient test which tests intracellular levels of all micronutrients.
How much magnesium do you need? You need at least 300-500mg of magnesium daily, often more, especially for the elderly and those with impaired digestion.
If you would like to boost intracellular magnesium levels, we recommend Natural Heart Doctor’s Magne 5. Of the nine common forms of magnesium, there are five that are imperative to heart health and all are included in this unique product (magnesium malate, magnesium citrate, magnesium taurinate, magnesium bis-glycinate chelate, and magnesium orotate).. Take 2-4 capsules daily. Take one or two capsules prior to bed to stimulate more restful sleep, calm the nervous system, relax the heart and promote healthy bowel movements the next morning.
Magnesium supplements are generally safe for most people. If you have kidney or heart issues, be sure to consult your holistic doctor.