Blood Pressure Regulation
It’s well known that certain minerals, like sodium, are harmful to the heart, blood vessels, and consequently, blood pressure. It’s also known, that potassium is good for the heart. However, magnesium also plays a significant role in heart health. Magnesium helps to relax the cells of the body; this is what helps the aforementioned digestive system, but it applies to blood vessels in the circulatory system as well. A shortage of magnesium can cause blood pressure to rise, but there are other factors to consider. Keep a close watch on the levels of both your blood pressure and magnesium intake.
In addition to helping the blood vessels, proper levels of magnesium can benefit the heart directly. The heart, which beats to move blood through the circulatory system, has an established and efficient rhythm to perform its task without overexertion. A severe shortage of magnesium in the body can lead to arrhythmia, which is an irregular heartbeat. This is a severe condition that can lead to other complications. If you think you’re experiencing arrhythmia, talk to your doctor, and consider getting more foods rich in magnesium into your diet.
Pains and Cramps
Do you regularly suffer from muscle pain, cramps, or spasms? That could be an indication that your magnesium levels are low. Magnesium helps muscle fibers to relax, which in turn relieves tension, prevents damage, and allows the body to repair damage brought on by the stress of moving. A lack of magnesium can cause muscles to trigger involuntarily; this leads to pain, muscle locking, and spasms. If you experience constant cramps and pain even with only moderate exercise, consider increasing your magnesium intake to see if that solves the problem.