Magnesium is a fascinating element which plays a role in many different body functions. Magnesium is found throughout the body. It is believed to be essential for calcium deposition into bone. It is required for energy production and muscle relaxation. It has been shown to be very effective in stopping nervous twitches, muscle cramping while at rest, and restless leg syndrome. More important, it is absolutely essential for proper heart function. Without magnesium, the heart cannot relax. Sudden heart attacks are many times the result of a lack of Magnesium. Alcohol consumption impedes the availability of Magnesium to the cells.
Dietary surveys suggest that many Americans do not consume magnesium in the recommended amounts. Treatment with diuretics (water pills), some antibiotics, and some medicine used to treat cancer, such as Cisplatin, can increase the loss of magnesium in urine. Poorly controlled diabetes increases loss of magnesium in urine, causing a depletion of magnesium stores. Alcohol also increases excretion of magnesium in urine, and a high alcohol intake has been associated with magnesium deficiency. Signs of magnesium deficiency include confusion, disorientation, loss of appetite, depression, muscle contractions and cramps, tingling, numbness, abnormal heart rhythms, coronary spasm, and seizures.
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