Magnesium & the heart

Magnesium & the heart

Magnesium is important for a normal cardiac function. Find out why.

Magnesium is involved in many vital processes in the body. For example, as natural counterpart to calcium it supports the regulation of cardiac functions: calcium is responsible for stimulating the heart muscle, and magnesium for relaxing it! Therefore, magnesium deficiency may be a risk factor for cardiac arrhythmia.

Magnesium for the heart

Together with the minerals potassium and calcium, magnesium ensures that nerve impulses are transmitted smoothly and clearly explains the link between magnesium deficiency and cardiac arrhythmia. If the body lacks magnesium, the muscle cells cannot relax following stimulation. This can result in functional disorders such as cardiac arrhythmia, which can manifest itself as a faster heart rate (tachycardia), a skipped heartbeat (premature heartbeat) or a completely irregular heart rhythm (cardiac fibrillation). So magnesium regulates the heartbeat as a counterpart to calcium, ensuring that the heart can beat properly and rhythmically. We recommend taking magnesium for cardiac arrhythmia. Studies in the USA and Germany have proven that the mineral plays an important role in connection with the cardiac function. Together with the minerals potassium and calcium, magnesium ensures that nerve impulses are transmitted smoothly. Experts have proven that the occurrence of cardiac arrhythmias, one of the most frequent causes of sudden cardiac death, is related to a low magnesium intake. Therefore they advise that magnesium should be taken regularly in case you suffer from cardiac arrhythmia.

Magnesium & blood pressure

Magnesium relaxes the cells of the vascular muscles and reduces the release of the stress hormone adrenaline, which as a consequence increase blood pressure. The link between high blood pressure & magnesium has been investigated in many studies. It has been demonstrated that blood pressure can be reduced by taking magnesium. Taking a high dose of magnesium on a regular basis is also important for patients with high blood pressure, because they often take pharmaceuticals such as diuretics, which then increase the excretion of magnesium and thus may cause magnesium deficiency.

How to reduce blood pressure

  • 1.

    Regular exercise

  • 2.
    Lose excess weight

    Lose excess weight

  • 3.
    Reduce salt intake

    Reduce salt intake

  • 4.

    A healthy diet

  • 5.

    Drink alcohol in moderation only

  • 6.

    Don’t smoke

  • 7.

    Ensure an adequate magnesium intake