Every single day of your life, you experience relaxing (magnesium) and tensing (calcium) interaction of the two elements – every time your heart is beating, when you are feeling your pulse and each time you breath.
“On” and “Off” Interaction
Whenever you are feeling stressed, your cells (which contain magnesium during the resting state) are undergoing a change. The calcium that is commonly found outside your cells starts entering the cells and the level of calcium inside the cells becomes higher. This occurs when the muscle cell, for instance, is contracting and tensing your muscles. The magnesium will then push out the calcium from the cell, and the cell will go back to its relaxed and resting state. Basically calcium and magnesium interaction is like a switch that turns off and on. “On” represents calcium and “off” is for magnesium.
However, what will happen to an imbalanced cell, wherein the body’s magnesium level is deficient?
To put things plainly, the “off” switch is not totally turning off. This only means that the calcium can still leak continuously to the cells, stimulating the cell activity or “on” switch. The result will be stress that is coupled by one or several symptoms of magnesium deficiency.
Magnesium can help a lot for your nerves and muscles to function properly. This is what steadies the rhythm of your heart, supports a good immune system and assists in maintaining the strength of your bones. This essential nutrient can also help in regulating the blood sugar level of your body and promoting the normal blood pressure. Magnesium is also needed for the production and storage of energy. This is a good reason why many researchers claim that not one dietary factor can be as significant as magnesium.
Calcium: Boon or Bane?
Perversely, the lack of magnesium may mean that calcium deficiency might actually become a very serious issue. This is a very essential nutrient required by your body every single day, yet excessive calcium might eventually translate into a deficiency. Here’s how…
The suggested sufficient calcium intake, according to Office of Dietary Supplements of National Institutes of Health, for adults of 19 to 50 years, is 1,000 mg, while 1,200 is advised for those 51 years of age and above. A lot of adults these days are taking 1,200 to 1,500 mg of their supplemental calcium on top of the dietary calcium intake that they already have. Unassimilated calcium might just end up being deposited in the body’s soft tissues where it will harden or calcify or even in your urine which can lead to kidney stones’ formation. The very problems you are trying to prevent with calcium may arise,
Except when magnesium and calcium have been balanced properly, magnesium can become depleted for excessive calcium might actually reduce the levels of magnesium. This will then result to the inability of quickly recovering from stress and worse, this can also be a stress factor itself.
Now that you know how calcium and magnesium can affect each other, we hope you will be more conscious of what you are taking in to ensure that these two essential nutrients will work best for your body. Many sources recommend a 2 to 1 calcium to magnesium dosage. However, in Japan, people are traditionally closer to a 1:1 match for the two.