Magnesium balance promoted after study finds link between calcium and heart disease
Sufferers of osteoporosis and similar bones diseases are being urged to understand the role magnesium plays in maintaining healthy bones and teeth, after new research found an excessive intake of calcium supplements could cause heart disease.
Women who supplement with calcium to treat a range of skeletal conditions including osteoporosis could double their risk of cardiovascular disease, the study published in the British Medical Journal this month found.
But healthcare pioneers BetterYou strongly believe the risk could be lowered if more people understood the link between magnesium and calcium absorption.
The link between calcium and vitamin D is well known. However the link between calcium and magnesium is not widely understood by the public or many doctors, leaving many taking calcium supplements even though they may be getting all the calcium they need from their diet.
Calcium and magnesium must be in balance for the body’s cells to withstand stress and function properly.
All muscles, including the heart and blood vessels, contain more magnesium than calcium. If magnesium is deficient, calcium floods the soft muscle tissue around the blood vessels and causes spasms leading to constricted blood vessels and therefore higher blood pressure, arterial spasm, angina, and heart attack. A proper balance of magnesium in relation to calcium can prevent these symptoms.
But most of us eating an average western diet will consume around 1200mg of calcium and only 150mg of magnesium daily.
Andrew Thomas, founder and managing director at BetterYou, said: “Calcium is particularly hard for our bodies to absorb. Calcium is nature’s hardener while magnesium is our natural relaxant. We need both to function properly and we appear to have forgotten this, at our cost.
“In a healthy body, calcium is absorbed by the production of hydrochloric acid within the stomach. Any calcium not absorbed at this stage then passes to the lower intestines. If there is not sufficient magnesium present, calcium then begins its lazy and destructive journey, settling, not within bone, but within soft tissue around joints, in muscle tissue and around coarse and rough areas on the surface of bone, eventually building and causing calcium spurs.
“A simple experiment can be done in any kitchen. Crush a piece of chalk and add it to a glass of water – it simply does not dissolve. Then add another tablet, this time to a concentrated magnesium solution such as Magnesium Oil – most of the calcium will dissolve. This is a pretty accurate depiction of what happens within our bloodstream, heart, brain and all other tissues within the body. Undissolved calcium is a menace to the healthy functioning of the body.”
Research has found that both magnesium and vitamin D benefit from alternative applications to traditional capsules and tablets.
A clinical trial by Cardiff University showed how well magnesium is absorbed through the skin, feeding every cell. A further study by Watkins & Josling showed the dramatic increase in magnesium levels that can be achieved with BetterYou Magnesium Oil compared to oral supplements.
In addition, scientists have recently found that BetterYou’s range sublingual vitamin D oral sprays – DLux – can guarantee at least 37 per cent immediate absorption of vitamin D, with the rest absorbed through the traditional route of the digestive system.