Health Benefits of Magnesium
Magnesium deficiency is a common problem in America, affecting approximately 80% of the population. COR-Restor Nitric Oxide Supplement includes magnesium because of its ability to improve cardiovascular health, prevent diabetes, and decrease the severity of anxiety and depression.
Research proves that a lack of magnesium in people 55 and older is an independent risk factor for hypertension, heart attacks, and strokes. As a matter of fact, the FDA and the Justice Department have been sued because they will not mandate adding magnesium to bottled water.
Correcting this deficiency could have a major impact on cardiovascular health; it could also help correct the source of major health problems our society is facing, such as high blood pressure. Magnesium has been shown to help lower blood pressure, correct arrhythmia, prevent coronary atherosclerosis, inhibit arterial blood clotting, improve exercise duration, and reduce cardiac mortality.
A recent study demonstrated that magnesium could save millions of lives a year, if the FDA did everything it could to educate Americans about the lifesaving properties of this cost-free mineral. However, many large companies profit from chronic disease, and they spend MILLIONS of dollars keeping information from the public and discrediting any medical professional who speaks out.
The latest government study shows a staggering 68% of Americans do not consume the recommended daily intake of magnesium and another 19% of Americans do not consume even half of the government’s recommended daily intake of magnesium. It's no wonder that disability and death from heart attack and stroke are the nation’s leading killers!
While the government officially refuses to recognize the effects of magnesium in preventing vascular disease, the National Institute of Health does publish the following on its website:
“Magnesium is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. It helps maintain normal muscle and nerve function, keeps heart rhythm steady, supports a healthy immune system, and keeps bones strong. Magnesium also helps regulate blood sugar levels, promotes normal blood pressure, and is known to be involved in energy metabolism and protein synthesis. There is an increased interest in the role of magnesium in preventing and managing disorders such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.”
The nation’s leading health agency acknowledges magnesium’s critical role in keeping us alive, yet the FDA does everything it can to keep it out of Americans’ bodies.
Magnesium Deficiency Elevates CRP. A new term discussed by cardiologists is C-reactive protein, an inflammatory marker in the blood that predicts who is likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke. Higher blood levels of C-reactive protein mean greater risk of cardiovascular disease. The Physicians’ Health Study found that among nearly 15,000 healthy adult men, a high level of CRP was associated with a risk of heart attack that was three times higher than average. According to the Cleveland Clinic, the Harvard Women’s Health Study showed that CRP levels were more predictive of coronary conditions in women than were high cholesterol levels, a bone infection, osteomyelitis, arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s disease, tuberculosis lupus or another connective tissue disease, as well as a number of autoimmune diseases and cancer.
Inflammation is the root cause of nearly all chronic disease, and CRP tests for inflammation. The Cleveland Clinic has said, "a reading of less than 1 mg/L indicates you’re at low risk of cardiovascular disease. A reading between 1 and 2.9 mg/L means you’re at intermediate risk. A reading greater than 3 mg/L means you’re at high risk for cardiovascular disease. A reading above 10 mg/L may indicate a need for further testing to determine the cause of severe inflammation in your body."
The dangers of chronic inflammation are well documented through scientific studies and clinical trials. Most scientists now accept that inflammation plays a role in the development of atherosclerosis, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and many other diseases we consider to be “age-related.” The best way to assess whether a person suffers from chronic inflammation is the C-reactive protein blood test.
Studies show that adults who consume less than the recommended amount of magnesium are 1.48 to 1.75 times more likely to have elevated C-reactive protein. This finding offers yet another reason why those who are magnesium deficient have increased rates of cardiovascular disease —their C-reactive protein levels are likely to be higher.
Researchers believe that magnesium infusions might slow the chemical process that kills brain cells during the time before an ischemic stroke can be treated. They aim to test whether a rapid increase in a stroke victim’s magnesium level, delivered within two hours of the appearance of stroke symptoms, can reduce the disability and death that often occur during the time when the blood supply to the brain is partially cut off.
Doctors routinely prescribe expensive, patented drugs while low-cost nutrients like magnesium remain overlooked. If the 68% of Americans who are magnesium deficient took corrective action, the need for many of these prescription drugs would be reduced.
Instead, the public is bombarded with advertisements encouraging people to ask their doctor for statin drugs such as Lipitor® and Zocor®. While growing numbers of cardiologists are recommending fish oil and coenzyme Q10, virtually no one emphasizes the critical importance of magnesium. The result is large numbers of aging Americans suffer the lethal consequences of magnesium deficiency.
Magnesium is an important cofactor in several hundred enzyme systems relating to healthy function including those that influence cardiovascular health. We know that magnesium is a primary anti-inflammatory mineral helping resolve the low-grade inflammation that is linked to cardiovascular problems. We know that magnesium helps smooth out the electrical signals to the heart, which helps stabilize heart beats in a healthy way. This new study places emphasis on magnesium’s ability to influence the health of arteries.
Other significant research in the past few years focused on a number of mechanisms involved with how magnesium influences arterial health. The net result of these multiple influences is improvement in vascular tone by reduced inflammation, improved vasodilation, and supporting the production of friendly nitric oxide (eNOS) which is essential for arterial relaxation.
Additionally, scientists have now discovered how magnesium has a direct electrical activity within the walls of the arteries to help them relax. The new research focuses on magnesium transporters that bring magnesium inside cells of the arteries so that the relaxing electrical influence of magnesium can occur.
A healthy cardiovascular system is one that handles stimulation with a balance of relaxation. If you can’t handle stimulation or activation of the system then your energy will not be good, your mood will suffer, and so will your motivational drive. Science clearly tells us that too much tension becomes problematic once the ability to relax becomes depleted. To restore health you must restore balance in your circulatory system. Many factors are involved, not just magnesium. However, it is clear that if you lack magnesium you're in trouble.