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Magnesium and Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Did you know that Magnesium is a crucial mineral in the human body? It is necessary in over 325 enzyme systems that control thousands of chemical interactions. Magnesium is necessary to convert vitamin D into its active form so that it can turn on calcium absorption. Magnesium also stimulates the hormone calcitonin, which helps to preserve bone structure by drawing calcium out of the blood and soft tissues back into the bones. This action helps lower the likelihood of osteoporosis, some forms of arthritis, heart attack and kidney stones.

According to the results of a large study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition using subjects from the Framingham Heart Study, people who ate diets high in potassium and magnesium had higher bone density readings and stronger bones than those who didn’t.

“Magnesium is important for bone mineralization and many arthritis patients have demineralized bone, so it would benefit them to include lots of magnesium-rich foods in their diet,” says Carol Henderson, PhD, assistant professor at Georgia State University in Atlanta.

Calcium vs Magnesium
While calcium has often been hailed as the mineral that builds healthy bones, the truth is that calcium intake should be balanced with magnesium in sufficient amounts. Otherwise, excess calcium can stimulate the hormone parathyroid (PTH), which tells the body to pull calcium out of the bones and deposit the excess in soft tissues. This process is also implicated in arteriosclerosis. Magnesium supplements can restore a balanced hormone response, and thus, bone loss.

Sources of Magnesium
Magnesium is readily available in a variety of healthy foods. One of the best sources of magnesium – and one of the easiest snacks to grab – is nuts. Magnesium is plentiful in legumes like kidney beans and lima beans, whole grains, green vegetables, bananas, potatoes and dairy foods. These foods are also rich in potassium and calcium, two other nutrients that along with magnesium work to strengthen and protect bones.

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