The general public takes lot of supplements to maintain good health. One of the supplements that has been ignored is magnesium. It is the fourth most abundant element in the body and is involved in cardiovascular health, prevention of stroke, control of diabetes mellitus, prevention of cognitive decline, control of blood pressure and prevention of certain cancers such as pancreatic and colon cancer.
Magnesium promotes cardiovascular health and is protective against age related disorders such as cardiovascular disease, stroke diabetes and osteoporosis. It is also important for dental health.
Food sources for magnesium are not too reliable. The magnesium content in leafy vegetables, nuts, whole grains, legumes, fruits and fish have seen decline since the 1950s. Grain refining processes for bread and pasta remove about 95% of magnesium.
To choose a proper supplement, select a brand that contains two-part components: 1) magnesium citrate, (for quick release) and 2) magnesium oxide (for extended release).
Article written by Dr. Indargit Singh, MD
Dr. Singh's focus is healthy living and acupuncture helps with managing chronic pain, anxiety, insomnia and depression. He has been board certified in Family Medicine and received extensive training in acupuncture at UCLA and at the Academy of Pain Management for Acupuncture. He incorporates auricular acupuncture, body acupuncture and scalp acupuncture and the results are complementary to western medical practice. A well and balanced person is in a dynamic state of physical, emotional, and spiritual harmony.