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By Marvin Fisher

inerals and heart health all start with balance. The easiest way to explain this is: in order for the heart to pump we need calcium and magnesium. Calcium causes the heart to tighten and pump, magnesium relaxes the heart, therefore you need both.

However, all minerals have to be in balance with the other to work properly. So, let’s take a look at what it takes for calcium and magnesium to work.

Calcium has to be in balance with Silica, Boron, Magnesium, Potassium, and very importantly Vitamin D. There are studies out that Calcium supplements in excess can be toxic, therefore they can increase heart disease. Unless they are taken with balanced levels of Vitamin D, they can improve heart health!

Boron can play an important role with the body’s own hormones to convert Vitamin D to an active form. Boron benefits Calcium absorption up to 40 percent into the bones and helps with muscle pain and heart tissue health.

A deficiency in potassium is the number one cause of irregular heartbeat. It surrounds the outer cellular fluids of the heart and gives the heart its ability to fire evenly or keeps the heart evenly beating. However too much potassium can stop your heart!

Magnesium is responsible for proper function of more than 300 different enzymes. If you’re lacking magnesium at a cellar level, it can lead to the deterioration of your metabolic function, which in turn can lead to more serious health problems. The scientific evidence suggests magnesium is particularly important for your heart health.

Moreover, it’s very important to have a proper balance between magnesium and calcium, but few people get enough magnesium in their diet these days, while calcium tends to be overused and taken in high quantities. Muscle spasms can be triggered by insufficient magnesium, and this can have consequences on your heart in particular. This is especially true if you also have excessive calcium, as calcium causes muscle contractions.

Magnesium as an electrolyte. Electrolytes are crucial for all electrical activity in your body.   Without electrolytes such as sodium, potassium and magnesium, electrical signals cannot be sent or received, and without signals such as these, your brain cannot function properly and your heart cannot pump blood. With magnesium in deficiency range, your heart simply cannot function properly. Possible effects of lopsided magnesium to calcium ratio and/or a magnesium deficiency could be high blood pressure, abnormal heart rhythm and cardiac arrest.

Research shows that there is a very high content of selenium in heart tissue, therefore, it is important for heart health. A protective role is played in the body by selenium by its capabilities to increase antioxidants and the quality of blood flow, therefore heart health! Selenium is praised for its role in antioxidant activity, which lowers free inflammation and enhances the body against diseases and stress.

Silica is one of the least talked about minerals and is very important in strengthening the muscle (artery) tissue and therefore helping to work off fluids. In cases of calcium build up, your body can use silica to remove the excess. Therefore, aiding in calcified tissue.

All of these above are just short clips of how these minerals interact when improving health. However, they are also reasons for a large number of other illnesses.

For more information, contact Marvin at D &S Farm and Garden, 4738 Gates Road (44062) 440-693-4632.

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