Muscular System Support
About half of your body weight is made up of muscles, organs constructed of tissue, blood vessels, tendons, and nerves. All in all, there are about 700 muscles helping your body to move.
Cardiac muscles, found in the heart, are responsible forpumping blood throughout the body. Skeletal muscles are responsible for movements like speaking, walking, jumping, or driving. Visceral muscles are found inside organs like the intestines and stomach.
Conditions that can affect the muscular system can range from tendinitis, an irritation or inflammation of tendons, to carpal tunnel syndrome, which affects the nerve in the wrist. Injuries like strains and cramps can affect muscle health, as can genetic disorders like muscular dystrophy. Fibromyalgia is a complicated disorder that affects both the muscular and skeletal systems.
Many essential minerals are necessary for muscle function. Sodium and potassium play a role in muscle function through the nervous system. Calcium and magnesium work together to control muscle contraction, and iron supports energy production in muscle cells. B complex vitamins like vitamin B6 and Biotin are needed for fueling muscles. Dark leafy greens, dairy products, egg yolks, and lentils are foods rich in these vital vitamins and minerals.
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