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Magnesium is a chemical element that chemists refer to by the symbol Mg, but Mg never exists by itself anywhere on the planet. It is embedded in rocks, or molten in earth, or dissolved in seawater.

Magnesium is essential to life, found in every living cell and involved in every physiological process we rely on to live. Our energy currency is called ATP, and magnesium is essential for its production and utilization. Magnesium plays a vital role in the contraction and relaxation of muscles, including skeletal muscles, as well as the of the gastrointestinal tract, and muscles regulating blood flow, blood pressure and breathing passages. Our heart is a muscle, and regulation of the electrical and muscular function of the heart depends on magnesium. Optimal mental and emotional function require adequate magnesium for neurotransmitter and hormone production.

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From Dr. Deborah's Desk

Updated October 21, 2015

Some mornings, the pain is bearable. You creak out of bed and tough it out for another day. Other times, the achy stiffness, joint pain, and swelling are cripplingly intense.

If you're one of the 27 million Americans suffering from osteoarthritis, you know this diagnosis was once considered equivalent to a life sentence of chronic pain. Today, however, the outcome may be more hopeful.

Studies show it is possible not only to relieve pain but to actually reverse the damage to joint cartilage caused by osteoarthritis. Making key lifestyle and dietary changes, along with taking the proper supplements, could kick your osteoarthritis to the sidelines for good.