Did you know magnesium helps to keep your heart beating? That’s right magnesium is an important part of maintaining a regular heart rhythm. Let me explain why magnesium keeps the drum beating regularly and what the best magnesium for heart health looks like.
Feeling a flutter?
There are many signs that you might be low on magnesium but one of the scariest is an irregular heart beat. It can come in many forms. Some people describe it as a flutter or a flip-flop in the chest. Others may feel like their heart is skipping a beat or is racing. If any of these symptoms sound familiar go see a doctor first, but also have yourself check for magnesium deficiency.
Magnesium plays an important role in heart health because magnesium is key to cellular energy production. The heart needs a serious among of cellular energy to keep it beating efficiently and effectively. Magnesium deficiency can lead to irregular heartbeats also known as arrhythmia, which can lead to ventricular fibrillation and ultimately cardiac arrest, which is not the same as a heart attack.
According to the Cleveland Clinic, sudden cardiac death is the largest cause of natural death in the United States, causing about 325,000 adult deaths in the United States each year. Sudden cardiac death is responsible for half of all heart disease deaths.
At a minimum a deficiency will make you feel fatigued and will impact overall muscle strength including the heart muscle. Because magnesium also supports blood pressure which is also key for the heart, a deficiency can really start to double down on your heart health quickly.
How to combat deficiency – food vs supplementation?
The first thing your doctor will tell you is to eat healthy and exercise. This is absolutely good advice and everyone should be eating a well-balanced diet which includes lots of leafy green vegetables that are full of magnesium like spinach, kale, any type of greens such as mustard or collard. It’s equally good advice to be active and walk or do light exercise daily if possible for at least 30 minutes to ensure you maintain strong cardio health.
But sometimes it’s not enough, and that is where supplementation could help. If you are particularly low due to a diet low in magnesium, if you eat lots of processed foods, or because you might be on antibiotics, diuretics, or other medications that deplete magnesium, you may want to consider supplementing.
Magnesium for heart health – Top 3 magnesium cardio boosters
When it comes to selecting the best magnesium for heart health, I always suggest first considering which are most bioavailable, that means which will absorb best as the most important factor, but it’s also important to consider which types are best suited to keep the drum beating.
#1 Magnesium Taurinate: Most important form of magnesium for hearth health and cardio support because it increases cellular energy production which is key to heart health. Taurine is an amino acid that helps regulate the body systems one of its specific roles is to help keep the heart beat steady.
#2 Magnesium Malate: Also important for cardio vascular health is magnesium malate. It absorbs well, supports muscle and nerve function, and malic acid is best know for supporting cellular energy production to power the muscle beat.
#3 Magnesium Glycinate: Supports relaxation and calm, great for blood pressure and inflammation reduction, all important factors that prevent palpitation and the heart from racing.
While the list isn’t exhaustive, you really need to look no further than these three. There are many products out there that do a great job combining different magnesium types. Some of my personal favorites include Triple Calm and ReMag® which is a Dr. Dean product the author of the Magnesium Miracle. She calls this the perfect magnesium for heart health 100% absorbed at the cellular level.
In addition Dr. Dean recommends other mineral supplements that should be used in conjunction with magnesium to ensure proper balance when remineralizing the heart. Her recommendations stress the to keep magnesium in the cell the cells need to have stable membranes that keep calcium and sodium out, and for this she recommends taurine.
One of the most important things to do when selecting a supplement of any type is to do your research. Even if your doctor recommends a particular supplement, find out for yourself if that supplement is on any particular consumer watch lists or if reviews are negative in any way that might impact you.
One good site for information is consumerlab.com. This site provides warnings, research and reviews on nutritional and health products. They are considered somewhat of an industry watchdog, and you can find some great insights there. Some information is free and some is available to members only for monthly fee.
Consumer Reports also has a page dedicated to supplement reviews and can be found here. The site is frequently updated and is dedicated to delivering information to help consumers make smart decisions.
So while magnesium supplementation can deliver amazing benefits including improving heart health, it’s important to do your research, be a smart consumer, check with your doctor, and find the supplement and dose that is right for you. Don’t experiment, get solid advice from your physician and soon you will be on your way to feeling your best.
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