Endocrine / Reproductive Systems

The Endocrine System refers to the glands and organs whose function it is to secrete hormones directly into the bloodstream to be carried to distant organs and organ systems. The Reproductive System refers to the sexual and reproductive organs specifically and these two systems, both Endocrine and Reproductive, have been conjoined here because of their inseparable interrelationships and functions.

Magnesium is required for numerous enzymatic processes within the human body, many of which play crucial roles in the maintenance and manipulation of androgenic and other steroid hormones including testosterone and various estrogens.

In obstetrics, magnesium has been suggested in the prophylactic treatment of eclampsia and as an anticonvulsant. The precise site of action of magnesium in eclampsia is not known, however, but – experimentally – magnesium has been shown to block certain glutamate channels through which calcium enters the cell and causes neuronal damage during cerebral ischaemia.

Magnesium’s direct effect on neuromuscular activity and muscular contraction make it especially significant in the treatment of severe menstrual cramping and anxiety. During pregnancy the mother-to-be is well advised to use magnesium in foot or tub soaks daily to restore her magnesium levels and benefit the baby. Current studies indicate that when a mother’s magnesium levels are adequate, the risk of cerebral palsy and other maladies in the new born are greatly reduced.

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