Why a magnesium diet and supplements as an AFIB treatment?
Magnesium supplements are safe, and easy to try first, without a prescription.
Here’s how magnesium can help your heart get back into rhythm:
Magnesium is an electrolyte. An electrolyte is a mineral which, when dissolved in a liquid like the blood, conducts electricity.
In balance with the other minerals, sodium, potassium and calcium, the body needs magnesium to keep our hearts beating “in synch.”
Why is this a problem? An irregular heart beat gives distress signals to the hormones, to the nervous system and to the brain, causing trouble throughout the body.
Doctors know that magnesium helps maintain a normal heart rhythm.
Did you know that magnesium is sometimes given intravenously (IV) in the hospital to improve a heart rhythm, and reduce the chances of atrial fibrillation and cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat)?
The researchers concluded that magnesium was particularly helpful for:
The also found that people taking magnesium orotate improved their exercise capacity, and that they had significantly less:
Source: Ter Arkh. 2015;87(6):88-97. “Meta-analysis of clinical trials of cardiovascular effects of magnesium orotate”
If you have AFIB, high blood pressure, diabetes, or even depression or migraines, do consider a magnesium diet of magnesium rich foods, including:
However, with heart irregularities, high blood pressure or an AFIB diagnosis, you also need to take magnesium supplements. Why?
In emergency medicine, someone who is dying of a life-threatening arrhythmia or irregular heart beat, is given intravenous magnesium as an AFIB treatment.
Even with a magnesium diet, absorption can be prevented by:
Extra high amounts of magnesium are excreted by the kidneys when you drink alcohol, so that alcoholics are typically magnesium deficient, regardless of a good magnesium diet.
Some doctors and cardiologists say that instead of statins, magnesium should be used for preventing diabetes, heart disease and stroke and hardening of the arteries. Why?
Dr. Mark Sircus, Ac., OMD, DM (P) explains why and what type of magnesium to take in his book, Magnesium is the Ultimate Heart Medicine:
Which type of magnesium to take? Although there is a debate about which type is best:
Researchers have found all types of magnesium to be beneficial. There are, however, some slight advantages to each of the different types of magnesium:
1. Magnesium glycinate is good for insomnia and “restless legs.” Glycine effects the central nervous system and neurotransmitters. Clinical studies have shown taking that taking magnesium glycinate before bed can improve sleep.
2. Magnesium malate has been found to help with deep muscular pain, fatigue, anxiety and depression.
3. Magnesium orotate has been studied in Russia since the 1970’s and has been shown to especially help with coronary artery disease, and has been clinically shown to:
Adding a magnesium supplement, regardless of the type, is going to help as an AFIB treatment. But here's how the different types can give an additional benefit:
If that happens, it is time to cut back or switch to glycinate . When you get 2 good bowl movements per day, you are taking enough supplements or foods high in magnesium.
In general, magnesium citrate, glycinate and malate are considered to be the most absorbable forms. These will all supply magnesium, with slightly different benefits.
You may also want to try magnesium orotate for AFIB, and see how the different types help you personally.
How to take magnesium as an AFIB treatment?
You will likely need magnesium supplements if:
You are over the age of 55, drink alcohol, soda or caffeinated
drinks, are under stress, have digestive problems, are on heart or asthma
medications (diuretics, ACE inhibitors for high blood pressure), have liver
disease or have had surgery.
You will want to adopt a magnesium diet with nuts, seeds, greens and seafood, and taking magnesium supplements for at least 3 months should tell the tale!
If you are on medications like blood thinners and other heart meds...
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