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Magnesium and Low Calcium: What's the Relationship?

By    |   Friday, 15 Jul 2016 08:05 PM

Low calcium in the body occurs when there is an optimal amount of magnesium, creating an interdependent relationship between the two essential minerals.

The relationship between high magnesium and low calcium levels begins in the gut, says Medscape, and intake of both influences how much or how little each one is absorbed.

For example, a high intake of calcium can reduce the absorption of magnesium and a low intake of magnesium can increase the absorption of calcium.

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In other words, magnesium is needed to regulate how much calcium the body pumps out and absorbs, but magnesium is not required for calcium absorption.

According to Livestrong
, calcium and magnesium must remain in balance with each other, though magnesium is not needed by the body in order to absorb calcium.

However, magnesium is needed to transport calcium across cell membranes.

Balance between the two minerals ensures proper regulation of blood pressure and heart rate.

Though abnormally low levels of calcium can cause problems in the body, healthy cells contain high magnesium and low calcium, says Dr. Mark Sircus, a well-known naturopathic medicine practitioner.

Sircus explains that “Calcium can lodge anywhere in your body and cause serious harm if not balanced with magnesium, which regulates the action of calcium.”

People typically need less calcium and more magnesium.

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When there is not enough magnesium, according to the Merck Manual, abnormally low calcium levels can result.

Low calcium levels can also be caused by issues in the parathyroid glands, poor diet, kidney disorders, vitamin D deficiency, malabsorption issues, pancreatitis, or from certain prescription drugs.

Symptoms of low calcium levels include muscle cramps, confusion, depression, forgetfulness, abnormal heart rate, stiff and achy muscles, and tingling in the extremities and lips.

Blood tests can detect low levels of calcium which can be treated with calcium and Vitamin D supplements.

Sircus points out that low calcium, balanced with high magnesium, is ideal because when the body has high calcium and low magnesium, it is harder for cells to push out calcium, creating health problems such as arthritis, arterial lesions, and respiratory issues.

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