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Magnesium & Calcium Aren't
Always The Best Of Friends
Special to Rense.com
By Gayle Eversole, DHom, PhD, MH, NP, ND
Most people take it for granted that calcium and magnesium are good for you.
In many ways these minerals are very important; your nerves and muscles depend on them.
In most instances, based on government recommendations, adults under age 50 should take about 1000 mg of calcium daily. Over age 50 the recommendation is 1200 mg daily. The safe upper limit from all sources is 2000-2500 mg daily.
Taking too much calcium, or using the wrong form of calcium, TUMS for example, may lead to kidney stones, bone spurs or calcifications.
The government also suggests dairy as a key source of calcium, but this is not always health promoting.
Dark green leafy vegetables supply a more usable form of calcium, as do a number of herbs, seeds, beans and legumes.
From an optimal use perspective, daily intake of calcium should be 750 mg - 800 mg.
Calcium does not work alone in your body. It requires vitamin D, parathyroid hormone and healthy saturated fat in order to be utilized for strong bones, teeth and muscles.
Bone health not only requires calcium, but an array of other vitamins, minerals and hormones to complete that process.
Magnesium is a critical mineral for health. Magnesium is necessary for some 300 reactions in the body, it is used by every organ in the body, especially your heart, muscles, and kidneys. It contributes to teeth and bones as well as activating enzymes, contributing to energy production, and helps regulate calcium, copper, zinc, potassium, vitamin D, and other important nutrients.
Intestinal flu, stomach and bowel diseases, diabetes, pancreatitis, hyperthyroidism, kidney malfunction, and use of diuretics can lead to low magnesium levels. Too much coffee, soda, salt, alcohol, excessive sweating, and prolonged stress can also lower magnesium levels.
Low levels of magnesium may lead to agitation, anxiety, restless leg syndrome, sleep disorders, irritability, nausea and vomiting, abnormal heart rhythms, low blood pressure, confusion, muscle spasm and weakness, hyperventilation, insomnia, poor nail growth, seizures, migraine, asthma, allergies, fibromyalgia, ADD, and nervous disorders.
Foods rich in magnesium include unrefined grains, nuts and green vegetables. Green leafy vegetables are particularly good sources of magnesium because of their chlorophyll content.
The RDA for adult magnesium intake is between 270 mg - 400 mg.
As RDA is a minimum intake level, I generally suggest about twice that amount from all sources.
If you look at plants and babies you notice their high degree of flexibility. This comes from a higher magnesium and lower calcium level, 3 or 4 to 1.
For this reason I have suggested for years a 2-to-1 ratio of magnesium to calcium which is not commonly used. This was the common recommendation from biochemists in the 1940s-1960s.
Calcium should be taken during the day.  Magnesium is best taken at bedtime for better utilization and better sleep. The reason for this is that calcium is antagonistic towards magnesium, as they act biochemically to cancel each other out.
Look for high absorption mineral supplements when selecting these important minerals at your local health store. It may be that you'll need to purchase additional magnesium to take with your quality, daily multivitamin-mineral supplement. Remember to read labels before you make your purchase.
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