(Source: Extract from "the Magnesium Factor" Pages 6 - 7 by Mildred S. Seelig, M.D., MPH, Master, American College Nutrition & Andrea Rosanoff, Ph.D)
Animal and clinical studies have shown that chronic Magnesium depletion has direct consequences for both the heart and the blood vessels. These include the following:
The medical profession has responded to this myriad of symptoms by treating each symptom individually, with drugs or surgery or both (see table below). The result is high-tech, expensive chasing after symptoms that may stave off death but does not restore health. How much better it would be to prevent much of the damage from this disease by treating the Magnesium deficiency that underlies all of its symptoms, giving the body the simple nutrient it needs for healthy hearts and blood vessels.
|Magnesium deficiency causes;||... which is typically treated with|
|Calcium entry into cells||Calcium-channel blockers|
|Overreactivity to stress hormones
|Over production of cholesterol||Low-fat diets, statin drugs|
|Blood clotting in blood vessels||Anticoagulation agents|
|Constriction of arterial muscles||Antihypertensive drugs, vasodilators|
|High sodium-to-potassium ratio||Low-salt diet, antihypertensive drugs|
|Insulin resistance||Blood-sugar-lowering drugs|
|Coronary arteriosclerosis||Angioplasty, bypass surgery|
|Vulnerability to oxidative stress||Antioxidants (vitamins, drugs)|
Animal studies show that low Magnesium levels adversely affect the heart and blood vessels. Clinical studies show that treatment with Magnesium, taken at the right time and in the right amount, can lessen heart disease risk factors and even save lives. Might adequate Magnesium nutrition lessen the need for heroic surgeries? Might it lessen the need for, or even replace, medications, with their high cost and possible adverse side effects? Drug and surgical therapies could then be reserved for people with heart disease for whom adequate Magnesium nutrition is not enough.
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