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Magnesium and Your Heart ♥

Magnesium and your heartJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

Nearly half of the U.S. population is magnesium deficient, largely due to inadequate dietary intake, certain medications, health conditions and mineral excretion through urination. Seniors, who are more likely to take medications that can cause excessive magnesium loss, are at higher risk of magnesium deficiency. As well, magnesium absorption in the body decreases as we age, resulting in reduced stores of magnesium in the bones, where up to 60 percent of the body’s magnesium is found. Magnesium deficiency increases the risk of cardiovascular events, including heart attacks, strokes, and arrhythmias. This correctable deficiency exposes the aging population to an entirely preventable cardiac risk factor.

As an essential mineral, magnesium serves as a cofactor in hundreds of enzymatic processes, including normal heart contractions, blood pressure regulation, blood vessel function, glycemic control and lipid peroxidation, oxidative damage that affects lipoproteins and other lipid containing molecules. A commonly overlooked risk factor for heart disease, inadequate magnesium can affect the healthy functioning of the heart, blood vessels, blood cells and the neuromuscular system. Magnesium deficiency can result in endothelial dysfunction and hypertension, as well as insulin resistance, central to the development of type 2 diabetes.

  • Heart rhythm regulation: Low magnesium levels are associated with the development of heart rhythm abnormalities, particularly atrial fibrillation. As magnesium influences the movement of potassium, sodium and calcium across cell membranes, magnesium deficiency is often accompanied by potassium deficiency.
  • Hypertension: Magnesium plays a role in arterial smooth muscle contraction. Relaxing the muscles that control blood vessels allows blood to flow more freely, helping to stabilize blood pressure. Evidence indicates that the maintenance of optimal magnesium status may help to better control blood pressure.
  • Atherosclerosis: Magnesium deficiency has been shown to play a role in lipoprotein metabolism and may be a contributing factor to atherosclerosis, a cardiac risk factor. Data indicates that a low plasma level of magnesium increases LDL cholesterol concentrations and promotes inflammation. Oral magnesium therapy has been shown to improve endothelial function in individuals with coronary artery disease and may be useful in preventing atherosclerosis.
  • Inflammation: Low dietary intake of magnesium is a predisposing factor for chronic low-grade inflammation, a driver of obesity, excessive free radical production and chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, hypertension and diabetes.
  • Blood sugar regulation: Poorly controlled blood sugar levels can harm blood vessels and lead to hardening of the arteries. Individuals with type 1 or type 2 diabetes face an elevated risk of heart attack and other cardiovascular problems. Keeping blood sugar, as well as blood pressure, under control is one the best ways to protect heart health.

Other contributing factors for deficiency include magnesium loss during food processing, gastrointestinal disease, type 2 diabetes and excess alcohol consumption. Additional health problems associated with low magnesium levels include insomnia, restless leg syndrome, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, stress and anxiety, migraine headaches and hormonal imbalance.

The importance of consuming a healthy diet cannot be understated when it comes to overall and cardiovascular health. Per the National Institutes of Health (NIH), magnesium should be considered a nutrient of significant concern for health and wellbeing. Dietary magnesium may be found in foods such as whole grains, beans, almonds, avocados, sweet potatoes and green leafy vegetables. In general, foods high in fiber are good sources of magnesium and should be included in a glycemic friendly, heart friendly diet.

Professional Supplement Center offers these and other high quality sources of supplemental magnesium:

Magnesium BalanceMagnesium Balance by Professional Supplement Center®:  ON SALE  This proprietary blend of Albion® TRAACS magnesium chelate and malate is designed to support cardiovascular, neuromuscular and bone heath, as well as energy production and healthy glucose metabolism. Free of wheat, gluten, corn, yeast, soy, animal and dairy products, fish, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, eggs and artificial colors, artificial sweeteners and artificial preservatives. Non-GMO formulation.

Mag-MalateMag-Malate by Douglas Laboratories®: This formula provides highly bioavailable chelated magnesium in support of mitochondrial energy production, neuromuscular function and cardiovascular health. Soy free, vegan formulation.

 

Magnesium OrotateMagnesium Orotate by Priority One®: Magnesium Orotate provides a well absorbed source of magnesium to nutritionally support cardiovascular health. Magnesium supports a relaxed state of wellbeing and promotes women’s natural hormonal balance. Preservative free, Non-GMO formulation.

 

Tri-MagnesiumTri-Magnesium by NutraBioGenesis®: This formula supplies three highly bioavailable forms of magnesium in support of bone, cardiovascular and neuromuscular health, as well as healthy blood sugar metabolism.

 

Magnesium Potassium...Magnesium Potassium Aspartate with Taurine by Now® Foods: Specifically formulated to support cardiovascular and neuromuscular health, this synergistic formula provides bioavailable chelated forms of magnesium and potassium along with taurine, an amino acid cofactor. Free of sugar, salt, gluten, yeast, corn, soy, wheat and milk.

References:
Magnesium for the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease.  https://openheart.bmj.com/content/5/2/e000775
Dietary Magnesium and Cardiovascular Disease: A Review with Emphasis in Epidemiological Studies. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5852744/
The Link Between Magnesium and Heart Health. https://www.everydayhealth.com/heart-health-specialist/magnesium.aspx
Magnesium Supplements May Help to Lower Blood Pressure. https://www.livescience.com/55355-magnesium-blood-pressure.html
Ask the doctors: Can low magnesium level cause an arrhythmia? https://www.health.harvard.edu/heart-health/ask-the-doctors-can-a-low-magnesium-level-cause-an-arrhythmia
Low magnesium and atherosclerosis: an evidence-based link. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12537993
Women: How Controlling Blood Sugar Benefits Your Heart. https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/healthy_heart/know_your_risks/women-how-controlling-blood-sugar-benefits-your-heart

Supplemental Nutrition

SupplementalNutritionJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

In a perfect world, everyone would have access to foods that comprise a healthy balanced diet. In general, individuals who are proactive regarding preventive health and healthy aging focus on whole foods and optimal nutrition, as well as make informed choices about vitamin and mineral supplementation. As people become more knowledgeable about health and wellness, many turn to nutritional supplements, not only to address deficiencies, but to support specific nutrient requirements at all stages of life. Those who regard supplementation as an investment in long term health, ideally choose supplements that target their individual needs, and are aware that an all-inclusive healthy lifestyle embraces diet, regular exercise, restful sleep and other aspects as well.

When diet alone is not sufficient to meet an individual’s nutritional needs, supplementation becomes integral to wellbeing. Specifically those with malabsorption issues, allergies or food intolerances, dietary restrictions or certain autoimmune conditions may require supplements to correct nutrient deficiencies. As well, supplementation is beneficial for those with specific hormonal imbalances or those who are pregnant, bedridden, or recovering from an illness. If one is overly stressed, fatigued, traveling, training, avoiding sun exposure, or not sleeping well, this is also good time to supplement. Of particular interest is cognitive health and mood support, key foundations for optimal wellness and healthy aging. It would appear that the most popular supplements are positioned around need states.

A recent survey of those who regularly take dietary supplements found that vitamin D was the most widely used supplement, followed by omega-3 fish oil, CoQ10, probiotics and multivitamins. Rounding out the most popular supplements are B-Complex vitamins, magnesium, curcumin, vitamin C, calcium, melatonin, protein powders, digestive enzymes, fiber, milk thistle and resveratrol, as well as bone, joint and vision support formulas. Per the 2017 CRN Consumer Survey on Dietary Supplements, 79% of women are supplement users, while 73% of men regularly use supplements. The survey concluded that women tend to be more proactive about preventive health and are more likely to incorporate supplements into an established health and wellness regime.

Five supplements highly recommended by nutritionists:

Fish oil – Essential for healthy heart and brain function, as well as a healthy inflammatory response, omega-3 fatty acids are not synthesized by the body and must be obtained through diet or supplementation. Choose a formula with a high concentration of EPA and DHA, as well as purity and sustainability certifications.

Probiotics – Scientific evidence shows that gut health directly affects immune health. A daily probiotic can help ensure proper gastrointestinal function, as well as hormone balance. There are many quality brands from which to choose, including multi-strain and shelf stable formulas perfect for traveling.

Vitamin D – Rising rates of vitamin D deficiency can be attributed to inadequate sun exposure, especially during winter months and the prolific use of sunscreens. Necessary for bone, neuromuscular and immune health, as well as overall healthy function, vitamin D is one of 24 nutrients essential for survival.

Magnesium – Magnesium maintains normal muscle and nerve function, as well as healthy sleep. This extremely important nutrient is a cofactor in hundreds of enzymatic reactions, including metabolism, protein and fatty acid synthesis, bone health, steady heartbeat and energy production.

Protein powders – While protein may be largely obtained through diet, athletes, weekend warriors and seniors can benefit from protein supplementation. Ideal for muscle gain and weight loss, sufficient protein boosts metabolism and can reduce appetite. Both plant and animal based protein powders supply amino acids, highly effective for stimulating muscle growth, retaining muscle mass and improving strength.

Like many things in life, when it comes to supplements, quality and trust matters. Professional Supplement Center offers many science-based effective products without added fillers and unnecessary or artificial ingredients.

OmegAvail Hi-PoOmegAvail™ Hi-Po by Designs for Health®: Sourced from Alaskan pollock, this high potency fish oil provides 1500 mg of triglyceride-bound  EPA and DHA molecularly distilled omega-3 fatty acids per serving. The formula includes lipase to ensure maximum absorption and prevention of aftertaste. Distillation and filtering ensures purity and the removal of heavy metals, PCBs and other contaminants. Gluten free, Non-GMO, natural lemon flavoring.

Probiotic...Probiotic Professional 100 by Professional Supplement Center®: Probiotic Professional 100 provides 100 billion CFU of four researched strains of beneficial bacteria in acid-resistant capsules to ensure more targeted release. Free of wheat, gluten, soy, animal and dairy products, fish, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, eggs and artificial sweeteners and preservatives. Non-GMO shelf stable formulation.

Vitamin D3 5,000 IUVitamin D3 5000 by Pure Encapsulations®: Each hypoallergenic capsule provides 5000 mg of highly absorbable vitamin D3 as cholecalciferol in support of musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, neurocognitive, cellular and immune health. Gluten free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.

Magnesium BalanceMagnesium Balance by Professional Supplement Center®: This highly absorbable magnesium blend supplies patented chelated magnesium for enhanced absorption. Magnesium supports bone and cardiovascular health, energy production and neuromuscular function. Free of wheat, gluten, soy, animal and dairy products, fish, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, eggs and artificial sweeteners and preservatives. Non-GMO formulation.

Whey Cool Protein...Whey Cool Protein™ Natural Vanilla Flavor by Designs for Health®: This proprietary non-denatured whey protein concentrate is sourced from milk from grass-fed cows that graze on pesticide and chemical free pastures. Low temperature drying and filtration preserves the full range of important protein components including lactoferrin, immunoglobulins, serum albumin, active peptides and growth factors. Gluten free, Non-GMO formulation.

Organic Plant...Organic Plant Protein Smooth Chocolate by Garden of Life: This certified organic plant protein blend provides 15 grams of energy-giving protein per serving. The formula includes soluble and insoluble fiber as well as essential fatty acids, probiotics and enzymes. Gluten, soy, dairy, tree nut, fillers and artificial ingredient free, Non-GMO vegan formulation.

References:
Can the Elderly Take Whey Protein? https://healthyeating.sfgate.com/can-elderly-whey-protein-8318.html
What Does Magnesium Do for Your Body? https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/what-does-magnesium-do
What are the health benefits of vitamin D? https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/161618.php
13 Benefits of Taking Fish Oil. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/13-benefits-of-fish-oil
10 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Whey Protein. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/10-health-benefits-of-whey-protein
8 Health Benefits of Probiotics. https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-1&q=probiotic+supplement+benefits