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It should be no surprise that magnesium is extremely important for your body. After all, every cell in the body needs magnesium. Not only does magnesium helps keep muscles strong, but it also helps keep nerves alert.
Additionally, magnesium plays an important role in your body’s biochemical processes. However, magnesium is especially important when it comes to keeping your heart happy and healthy. Sadly, around 50 to 80 percent are deficient in magnesium. So why is magnesium so important for heart health and overall health? How can you optimize your magnesium levels?
Magnesium and Heart Health?
The first question we need to answer is the role magnesium plays in heart health. First, let’s take a look at the importance of magnesium in relation to our body’s biochemical processes.
Magnesium helps the:
- Creation of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the energy currency of your body.
- Relaxation of blood vessels.
- Muscle and nerve function, including the action of your heart muscle.
- Proper formation of bones and teeth.
- Regulation of blood sugar and insulin sensitivity, which is important for the prevention of type 2 diabetes. For example, magnesium is essential for insulin release by pancreatic β-cells and acts as a messenger for insulin action.
As you can see, magnesium plays an important role when it comes to making sure your body can function properly. But how exactly does magnesium help your heart?
Well, if you are deficient in magnesium it can lead to the deterioration of your cellular metabolic function and mitochondrial function. This can lead to serious health issues.
For example, insufficient magnesium tends to trigger muscle spasms, and this has consequences for your heart in particular. Additionally, magnesium functions as an electrolyte, which is crucial for all electrical activity in your body.
Without electrolytes (like magnesium and potassium) electrical signals cannot be sent or received. Without these signals, our heart cannot pump blood and your brain cannot function properly.
All in all, without proper magnesium levels your heart cannot function properly.