by Ruth Ann Clayton, RD

Magnesium is one of the most important basic mineral nutrients that power your body. It is required for more than 300 biochemical reactions.  Because your body doesn’t produce this mineral, you must replace it every day.

Due to nutrient-deficient soil and fast-paced lifestyles, few of us get sufficient magnesium in our diets thereby creating a need for supplementation.  Magnesium deficiency can be caused by a number of other issues, including lack of adequate dietary magnesium, certain drugs (diuretics, antibiotics, oral contraceptives, insulin, cortisone), heavy exercise, intestinal disorders or too much calcium in the diet.

Published double-blind studies report that magnesium provides a moderate lowering of systolic and diastolic blood pressure in patients with mild to moderate hypertension.

Magnesium helps promote normal blood pressure and keeps your heart rhythm steady.  Each time your heart beats and you feel your pulse you experience the tensing (calcium) and relaxing (magnesium) interaction.

Finally magnesium and calcium need to be in balance with each other in order for a person to fully experience good health.  Unless calcium and magnesium are properly balanced, magnesium becomes depleted.

Natural Calm by Natural Vitality is the best-selling, award-winning ionic magnesium that mixes easily in water to restore healthy magnesium levels quickly and effectively.

Ruth Ann Clayton, Registered Dietitian, is active in both the American Dietetics Association and Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine Dietetic Practice Group. Her nationally accredited Dietetic Internship and her years of experience in public health and hospital settings reflect her commitment to your health and well being.

As the co-owner of Nature’s Way, she uses her comprehensive background to research products, read labels, investigate manufacturers and provide information for her customers.