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Originally published August 19 2005

Magnesium can help prevent chocolate cravings, studies say

by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews Editor

Scientists have shown that the mineral magnesium can help you stave off chocolate cravings, reports the Christian Post.

Do you tell your doctor about the supplements you take? We are discovering that a healthy lifestyle, a good diet, proper supplementation, exercise and ... Although cocoa has recently been touted as healthy because of its antioxidant properties, most of us experience guilt or frustration when we give in to our cravings for dark, delicious chocolate. When we are magnesium deficient, our bodily functions slow down at the cellular level, causing everything to become sluggish until eventually fatigue ensues. It has been suggested that chronic fatigue syndrome is related to persistent magnesium deficiency and may improve with magnesium supplements. This may be linked to the fact that a magnesium deficiency causes the release of adrenalin. Also, other studies have found that magnesium supplements reduce the release and effect of stress hormones on the heart, which is an indirect measure of the mineral's effect on the brain. In the elderly, magnesium supplements were found to improve sleep by decreasing the release of the stress hormone cortisol, which is known to cause sleep disruption. Reduces muscle cramping Ever get those irritating little twitches in your eyelid? Magnesium and blood pressure Evidence suggests that magnesium may play an important role in regulating blood pressure, due to its natural muscle relaxant ability.

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