Magnesium

Benefit

Research studies have shown that magnesium supplementation can help lower high blood pressure, lower the risk of developing diabetes, decrease the symptoms of PMS, reduce migraine symptoms, and help depression and anxiety. Magnesium has also been shown to help muscle cramps, as well as constipation, kidney stones, osteoporosis, insomnia, fibromyalgia and asthma.
Magnesium is needed for calcium to be used by bone. It is needed to help keep muscles relaxed, including those of the heart and blood vessels. It is needed in the function of vital co-factors and enzymes.

Harm

Magnesium deficiency is often. It can result from excess consumption of alcohol, some health conditions, such as a gastrointestinal disorder, and the use of some medications.
Symptoms include:
• loss of appetite
• nausea and vomiting
• fatigue and weakness
More advanced symptoms include:
• numbness and tingling
• muscle cramps
• seizures
• personality changes
• heart rhythm changes and spasms
Deficiency is linked to insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, coronary heart disease, and osteoporosis. It can lead to low calcium or low potassium levels in the blood.