Magnesium regulates blood pressure
Maintaining blood pressure within the heathy range is important to avoid damage to the heart, brain and kidneys. Magnesium keeps the blood vessels heathy and flexible, allowing them to dilate and constrict as needed to adjust blood pressure. It also interacts with other electrolyte minerals such as sodium and potassium to regulate blood volume, which can in turn affect blood pressure. This is because too much sodium and/or not enough magnesium can cause the kidneys to retain too much water, leading to increased blood volume. This in turn raises blood pressure above the healthy threshold.
Magnesium is an essential mineral that is involved in maintaining healthy blood pressure.
Optimise magnesium levels to optimise blood pressure
Research shows that people who consume adequate amounts of magnesium through their diet and/or from supplements are more likely to have healthy blood pressure throughout their lives. Conversely, those who do not consume enough magnesium are more likely to develop problems with their blood pressure. Improving magnesium status through diet or supplements can help maintain blood pressure at a healthy level.
Where do you get magnesium from?
The minimum recommended daily intake (RDI) for magnesium is 320mg per day for women and 420mg per day for men, Magnesium is in a wide range of foods, with good sources including green leafy vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds and whole grains. Foods naturally contain magnesium in organic forms, such as magnesium citrate. Magnesium citrate occurs as a building block in the body and is therefore well tolerated, fast-acting and available as a supplement to the diet.
Your Practitioner can evaluate your dietary intake to see if you are actually getting enough of this critical mineral.
Magnesium supplements can help fill the gaps
If you are magnesium deficient, supplements can help fill this nutritional gap. However, it is important to note that not all magnesium supplements are the same. As it is the natural form found in food, the ideal supplement is magnesium citrate. Water- soluble magnesium citrate taken as a drink helps to increase the absorption of magnesium across the intestinal wall and into the cells, where magnesium is needed the most.