The Importance of Magnesium

Maria Gifford Editor
  • In a world where calcium is pushed as the best defense against osteoporosis, magnesium's role in bone health is often overlooked.

    Magnesium suppresses the hormone that tells your body to pull calcium from the bones, and stimulates the hormone that tells the body to put calcium in your bones. Lack of magnesium causes calcium to be pulled from the bones. This calcium is all too often deposited in soft tissue, where it can cause arthritis and arteriosclerosis.

    If you have been accumulating calcium in your body for a length of time, you may need to take an absorbable magnesium supplement to balance the excess calcium with the magnesium deficiency. This will pull out the unwanted calcium from arteries and joints and help to put it back in your bones.

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    Magnesium supplements are a good idea, but the best way to get the magnesium you need for strong bones is through your diet. Dark, leafy green vegetables are the best source of dietary magnesium. Other sources include:

    - Soy products, such as soy flour and tofu

    - Legumes (peas, beans) and seeds

    - Nuts, such as almonds and cashews

    - Whole grains, such as brown rice and millet

    - Fruits and vegetables such as bananas, dried apricots, and avocados

    Bottom line: The best "cocktail" to combat osteoporosis is a correct balance of calcium, vitamin D, magnesium, and weight-bearing exercise. Working together, these elements serve your bones best.

    Best of health,

    Maria Gifford
    Community Moderator

Published On: July 30, 2007