"Are 'Nature's Natural Tranquilizers' the Best Remedy for stressed nerves and cramped muscles?"

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Answered by: Ronald Joseph, An Expert in the Nutrition - General Category
Are “Nature's Natural Tranquilizers” the Best Remedy for Stressed Nerves and Cramped Muscles?

According to recent authoritative reports, 75 percent of the adult population in America is severely dehydrated, which might explain their high stress level these days, notwithstanding the daily news. On the other hand, members of the largest age group -- Baby Boomers -- might consider that more frequent muscle cramps and shin splints are an inevitable sign of old age. Either answer is partially right and wrong.

While the human body's makeup consists of almost 70 percent water, and lack of adequate internal water supply certainly could contribute to fried nerves and unresponsive muscles, water is more a carrier medium for two very important, functional body ingredients: vitamins and minerals.

Human body cells need vitamins and minerals every day for billions of specialized cellular functions. Of those nutritional needs, minerals are deemed more important than vitamins because they unlock the doors to the cells’ acceptance and utilization not only of the vitamins, but also proteins needed to sustain life and maintain homeostasis (balance of bodily functions).

Calcium and magnesium, two of the body’s most important and most prevalent minerals, work best in tandem. They are, in some circles, considered "Nature's Natural Tranquilizers," and for good reason: calcium comprises most of the skeletal structure of the body and it soothes the muscles and keeps them flexible; magnesium provides for healthy sheathing of the many nerve bundles found throughout the entire body. (Think electrical wiring properly insulated.)

Problems Associated with Calcium & Magnesium

Problems associated with calcium and magnesium are two-fold: both are essential minerals, meaning the human body requires and uses more of each every day than it manufactures or stores, and external intake sources of both minerals must be accomplished either from food sources or supplements on a daily basis. They are also not easily absorbed into the bloodstream due to their highly alkaline (non-acid) status.

A lack of adequate calcium will cause the body to raid the bones for their calcium supply, causing over time a condition known as osteoporosis, or brittle bones. It will also cause more muscles to cramp up, for it plays a major role in keeping muscles flexible. Yet, the body does not absorb calcium well without the presence of adequate magnesium to “spark” cellular transactions. For these reasons, calcium and magnesium are often referred to as the “Dynamic Duo.”

Additionally, bodies respond well or indifferently to different types of calcium. The two most-prominent types are calcium carbonate – better seen as the white, chalky dust of certain rocks – and calcium gluconate, which, though manufactured, actually serves double-duty as a pain-reliever, besides its nerve-relaxing quality.

The bottom line when it comes to calcium and magnesium is that both are needed and wanted every day and are required to sustain life. They not only must be present, but also absorbable in order to make a functional difference inside of human bodies. And the lack of their presence and absorbability is the biggest reason for stressed nerves and cramped muscles at any age.

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