Taking Calcium WITHOUT Magnesium can Cause Hardening of the Arteries (Atherosclerosis) – Something the FDA will Never Tell You
( Summary) Magnesium balances calcium and its functions within the human body. It is believed that the adult human body contains approximately 1200 grams of calcium, with approximately 99% of it in the skeleton, and approximately 1% (about 12 grams) in extracellular fluids, intracellular structures, and cell membranes. This approximately 1% plays an essential role, in conjunction with magnesium, in the functions of nerve conduction, muscle contraction, blood clotting, and membrane permeability. It is believed that serum calcium concentration is maintained by several hormones, including estrogen and testosterone. It is known that dietary protein enhances calcium absorption, and dietary phosphorus causes calcium retention.
Magnesium deficiency is known to cause nausea, muscle weakness, neuromuscular and cardiac irritability, tetany, convulsions, tremors, mental depression, psychotic behavior, inhibit proper muscle function and contractions, as well as interfere with the proper utilization of calcium and potassium.
Magnesium is inorganic and is not produced by the human body. Humans must rely upon dietary sources to provide the body with its magnesium requirements. Magnesium is a natural component of the earth’s crust and finds its way into the diet of humans from the food products grown in soil. Foods containing the highest concentration of magnesium are unprocessed whole grains, legumes, seeds, and chlorophyll containing green plant foods (the central atom of chlorophyll molecules is magnesium). More than 80% of the magnesium content of unmilled grains are lost by removal of the germ portion and by the removal of the outer layer (bran) of the grains during the milling process. Diets rich in refined and processed foods, meats, and dairy products are low in magnesium content, in addition to increasing calcium absorption caused by protein consumption, and calcium retention caused by phosphorus consumption (often in the form of phosphates from processed foods and sodas)…MORE..