The heart is considered the most important organ in the body, supplying oxygen and nutrients to the tissues in the body and removing carbon dioxide. Not smoking, keeping active, managing your weight, eating a healthy diet and drinking less alcohol are the best ways to keep your heart healthy. But a certain supplement could also play a bit part in keeping your cardiovascular health in check. Your heart relies on the mineral magnesium to keep its beat strong and regular, according to Holland & Barrett.
It also relaxes your arteries allowing your blood to flow easily, lowering blood pressure.
The high street health store adds: “Magnesium may also help regulate heart palpitations and that ‘fluttery’ feeling in your chest.
“A prominent ongoing heart study from the US reported in 2013 that low magnesium is associated with the development of irregular heartbeat.”
Magnesium also helps fuel your muscles, build strong bones and creates energy.
But could you be at risk of a magnesium deficiency?
The mineral is naturally present in many foods, such as green leafy vegetables, nuts and seeds, and fatty fish like salmon, mackerel and tuna.
But if you don’t eat enough magnesium-rich foods, you may risk being deficient in the mineral.
Dr Sarah Brewer, medical director of Healthspan and author of The Essential Guide to Vitamins, Minerals and Herbal supplements, said: “Lack of magnesium contributes to many problems such as insomnia, fatigue, constipation, weakness, muscle trembling or cramps, numbness and tingling, loss of appetite, poor co-ordination, palpitations, raised blood pressure and poor glucose control.”
What should you do if you experience symptoms?
Dr Brewer advised: “If you experience any of these symptoms, aim to increase your magnesium intake from beans (especially soy), nuts, wholegrain, seafood, and dark green leaves.
“Chocolate and drinking water in hard-water areas are also important sources for some people.
“Magnesium supplements are widely available, or you can absorb it through your skin from magnesium bath flakes such as Healthspan Magnesium Flakes or magnesium skin oil.”
But, it is possible to consume too much magnesium.
The NHS states: “Taking high doses of magnesium – more than 400mg – for a short time can cause diarrhoea.
“If you take magnesium supplements, don’t take too much as this could be harmful.”
Published at Thu, 29 Nov 2018 08:42:00 +0000