Though bodybuilders may beg to differ, the strongest and most important muscle in the body is the heart. Day in and day out this incredible organ pulses, pumps, and supplies every other part of your body with the blood, oxygen, and nutrients they need to function properly. Your job is to keep your heart happy so it continues to do its job in keeping you alive. One simple way to keep your heart in good shape is by giving it a daily dose of magnesium.
Magnesium doesn't generally come up in casual conversations about heart health. Most likely people aren’t aware of the wonders it can do for this life-supporting organ. But research has shown that the two are extremely connected.
Hypertension (or high blood pressure) is a common but dangerous issue that can lead to heart disease and stroke. Researchers found that patients experiencing high blood pressure were often deficient in magnesium. Further study revealed that magnesium can lower blood pressure by a small amount. (1, 2)
Heart disease, or cardiovascular disease, generally involves constricted or blocked blood vessels, which can sometimes lead to a heart attack. Magnesium can lower the risk of heart disease, specifically in cases of ischemic heart disease and coronary heart disease. (3)
Congestive heart failure occurs when your heart is unable to pump efficiently due to a large amount of fluid built up around the heart. Patients with this type of chronic condition are commonly found to be deficient in magnesium. (1)
Sudden cardiac death, or heart attack, also commonly occurs in patients with magnesium deficiency. One study even concluded that heart attacks were more common in communities with a low level of magnesium in the water supply. (1)
Being magnesium deficient is actually extremely common, due much in part to the poor nutrition of the western diet. However, another reason magnesium deficiency is so prevalent is that often the symptoms are attributed to other factors and magnesium is rarely taken into consideration. This is why it’s important to be aware of the symptoms of low magnesium, so as to make sure your heart is getting all it needs of this critical mineral. (4)
Common symptoms of deficiency are:
Being magnesium deficient doesn’t sound fun, and that’s probably because it’s not. Not for you, not for your heart, and not for any other part of your body. But keeping your magnesium at a healthy level can be as simple as applying a daily spray of magnesium oil. You supply the magnesium to keep this amazing organ happily pumping away, and just let your heart do the rest.