The Essential Mineral – Magnesium

Studies show that proper diet and exercise are necessary for maintaining overall and oral health. Emphasis is placed on the importance of vitamins and minerals for bones, blood, and tooth benefits. Calcium, vitamin D, omega-3, and vitamin B complex are often mentioned as necessities for proper health. One mineral that does not get much recognition is magnesium.

Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body. Approximately 50% of the body’s magnesium is found in bones. The other half is found inside cells and tissues. One percent is found in blood, and the body works hard to keep magnesium levels constant. Magnesium is needed for over 300 biochemical reactions in the body. It maintains normal muscle and nerve function, supports a strong immune system, and keeps bones strong.

Here are list of magnesium rich foods that should be included in your diet:

  • Green Leafy Vegetables
  • Lima Beans
  • Grapefruit
  • Lemons
  • Wheat
  • Whole Grains
  • Black-eyed Peas
  • Nuts
  • Peaches
  • Chamomile
  • Licorice
  • Garlic
  • Soybeans

Magnesium can be depleted from the body due to alcohol consumption, caffeine, high levels of zinc, diarrhea, stress, and diuretics. A high fat diet can also decrease magnesium absorption. Early signs of magnesium deficiency include loss of appetite, vomiting, nausea, fatigue, and weakness. As deficiency worsens, numbness, tingling, muscle cramps, seizures, personality changes, and abnormal heart rhythms can occur.

Since magnesium is essential for proper overall health, it is also needed for maintaining proper oral health. If you recognize symptoms of magnesium deficiency, contact your healthcare provider. You will also need to contact me, Dr. Randy LaFrom, a Cupertino dentist, at (408)996-8595 to schedule a thorough check up and cleaning. I proudly serve patients from Cupertino, San Jose, and surrounding areas.

~ by cupertinodentist on April 23, 2011.

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