08-09-21 Magnesium and Minerals for a Healthy Heart- Carolyn Dean MD ND
“Let’s prevent heart disease” seems like a reasonable statement to us all. It’s obviously not a good idea to wait until you have full-blown heart disease mandating a half-dozen drugs.
In my experience, the first step in preventing heart disease, diabetes, blood pressure, and high cholesterol involves incorporating magnesium first, along with other minerals as well as essential vitamins into your daily routine. Yes, daily!
Magnesium is a dietary mineral, that is no longer in our diet, which has a wide array of life-essential, biological activities in the body – 1,000 to be exact. Adequate magnesium is a fundamental requirement for optimum function of the cardiovascular system, the nervous system, and skeletal muscle, as well as the uterus and GI tract. Magnesium is also needed within the cells for the production of energy, which is critical for our heart muscles.
Magnesium and Metabolic Energy
As mentioned above, magnesium is a necessary component for over 1,000 enzymatic reactions in the body. I’ve mentioned many times that the Krebs Cycle that makes ATP energy molecules, utilizes magnesium in 6 of its 8 steps.
Magnesium and Muscle Function
Skeletal and heart muscle use up large amounts of ATP. ATP with the help of magnesium powers the cellular “calcium pump” which removes calcium from the cells, allowing muscle cells to relax. Because it participates in these ATP-controlled processes, magnesium is vitally important for muscle contraction and relaxation. By controlling the flow of sodium, potassium, and calcium in and out of cells, magnesium also regulates the function of nerves.
Magnesium and Heart Function
Magnesium’s importance for heart health is widely recognized. Through its influence on the heart’s electrical conduction system, magnesium is essential for maintenance of a smooth, regular heartbeat. Magnesium appears to help the heart resist the effects of stress. Magnesium deficiency aggravates cardiac damage due to acute systemic stress (such as caused by infection or trauma), while magnesium supplementation protects the heart against stress.
Magnesium and Circulation
A 2000 study from Circulation suggests that magnesium is needed for heart health. Half of the patients participating in the study took 365 mg of magnesium twice daily for six months, while the other participants took a placebo. At the end of the study, patients taking magnesium showed better heart vessel function and their hearts remained less stressed while on the treadmill. Almost 75 percent of the participants were magnesium-deficient when the study began, but most levels rose to normal figures.
Magnesium and Happy Heart Rate
Magnesium helps maintain a healthy heartbeat working together with the other electrolytes, calcium, potassium. Specifically, the heart is one big muscle and calcium is responsible for stimulating the muscle fibers for contraction, while magnesium and potassium are needed for the muscles to relax. When your magnesium levels are depleted, calcium can overstimulate your heart muscles and lead to an irregular or rapid heartbeat.
The correlation between supplementation and heart health
The information posted by the Office of Dietary Supplements shows the correlation between magnesium and heart health. They say that magnesium supplementation has shown promise of lowering blood pressure, which we know to be very true for our customers. There is also an association between normal magnesium levels and a reduced risk of sudden cardiac death. Magnesium intake can also reduce the chance of stroke.
About Dr. Carolyn Dean
Dr. Carolyn Dean MD ND has been featured on national media for over 30 years offering practical strategies to improve health, vitality, and well-being the natural way. As a medical doctor, naturopath, certified clinical nutritionist and master of many modalities including acupuncture and homeopathy, Dr. Carolyn Dean MD ND has authored over 33 books and 100 publications including The Magnesium Miracle, 3rd Edition, Hormone Balance, Future Health Now Encyclopedia and Heart Health. Please note that the information and opinions expressed on these broadcasts are not designed to constitute advice or recommendations as to any disease, ailment, or physical condition. You should not act or rely upon any information contained in these broadcasts without seeking the advice of your personal physician. If you have any questions about the information or opinions expressed during these broadcasts, please contact your doctor.
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