is the most abundant mineral in the human body. It has long been recognized
for its ability to keep bones healthy and strong. New research indicates
that it may also be an effective weapon against high blood pressure, heart
attack, PMS (premenstrual syndrome), and colon cancer. Unfortunately, most
Americans consume only about half the dietary calcium their bodies require.
for hundreds of chemical reactions that occur in the body every second,
the mineral magnesium has received little attention over the years. Recent
findings, however, suggest that it also has important health-promoting
benefits, from an ability to prevent heart disease to a role in treating
such chronic conditions as fibromylagia and diabetes.
most people don't get enough magnesium in their daily diets, mainly because
they eat great quantities of processed foods, which provide scant amounts
of this important mineral. The effects of stress, intense physical activity,
or the use of certain medications can also cause magnesium deficiency.
Some diseases, such as diabetes and alcoholism, can cause low magnesium