Every second of every day our body relies on ionic minerals and trace minerals to conduct and generate billions of tiny electrical impulses. Without these impulses, not a single muscle, including our heart, would be able to function. Calcium and magnesium are 2 of those minerals.
Calcium is a vital mineral. Our body uses it to stabilize blood pressure and build strong bones and teeth, as well as healthy heart and digestive function, contraction of the muscles and conduction of nerve impulses. It is needed in the process to convert fat to energy. Calcium supports synthesis and function of blood cells. When we don’t get enough calcium, we increase the risk of developing diseases such as osteoporosis, osteopenia and calcium deficiency disease, also known as hypocalcemia.
According to the American Medical Association a large percentage of Americans fail to meet the currently recommended guidelines for optimal intake. Early stage calcium deficiency may not cause any symptoms. However, symptoms such as memory loss, muscle spasms, numbness and tingling in the hands, feet, and face, and hallucinations may develop as the condition progresses.
Magnesium plays important role in the structure and the function of the human body and it is involved in more than 300 essential metabolic reactions. Magnesium is required for the active transport of ions like potassium and calcium across cell membranes. Magnesium affects the conduction of nerve impulses, muscle contraction, and normal heart rhythm. The highest concentration of magnesium in the body is found in the heart and brain, so it’s no wonder that magnesium depletion leads to problems like heart disease, high blood pressure, memory loss, and affects our nervous system and bone structure.
A large percentage of Americans are deficient in magnesium. The symptoms of magnesium deficiency may include: body aches, leg cramps, fatigue or low energy, restless sleep, headaches and migraine, muscle twitches, chronic constipation, insulin resistance, severe PMS, depression, anxiety and more. Left untreated, a magnesium deficiency can lead to more life-threatening conditions such as hypertension, heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, and others.
Chromium is an essential trace element. Very small amounts of chromium are necessary for human health. It plays an essential role in metabolic processes that regulate blood sugar. It also helps insulin transport glucose into cells, where it can be used for energy. Chromium helps to improve blood sugar control in people with prediabetes, type 1 and type 2 diabetes, and high blood sugar due to taking steroids. Chromium also appears to be involved in the metabolism of carbohydrate, fat, and protein.
U.S. population is mildly deficient in chromium. A greater incidence of deficiency is found in almost any other developed country. Even mild deficiencies of chromium can produce problems in blood sugar metabolism, and contribute to other symptoms such as anxiety or fatigue.
The industrialization of the American food supply chain, reflected in very low levels of minerals and trace minerals in the soil, and the loss of minerals from refined foods, especially sugar and flours, contributes to dificiency of minerals and trace minerals in our diet.
Dietary supplements containing Calcium and Magnesium and Chromium can alleviate many of these symptoms and have a positive effect on cardiovascular health, help lower cholesterol, improve short term memory and help keep blood sugar levels normal.
Bogdana Cholestaway is a well-balanced natural mineral formula containing the above minerals.