Magnesium prevents platelet clotting, dilates blood vessels and regulates heart rhythms. It can also inhibit spasms in the arteries of the heart, which block blood flow and could result in a heart attack. Magnesium also helps to keep blood pressure stable.
Researchers have concluded that intravenous magnesium (when given to heart attack patients immediately after heart attack onset) can reduce the odds of heart attack death. The fact that magnesium is widely available, inexpensive and generally very safe makes it even more viable as a treatment for heart attack patients.
Many studies show that few people consume enough magnesium in their diets. But how does one know if his or her levels of magnesium are too low? One indication of a low magnesium level is a low level of red blood cells. Depression, anxiety, muscle spasms and stomach problems are other indicators that magnesium levels should be checked by a physician.
What can cause magnesium deficiency? Prescription drugs such as antibiotics, antidepressants, or estrogen can lower magnesium levels. Drinking alcohol or caffeine can cause the body to flush this valuable vitamin. Consumption of monosodium glutamate (MSG) can deplete the body of magnesium.
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