Magnesium is crucial for so many activities in the body. It is required in over 325 enzyme systems in the body that control thousands of chemical interactions Dr. Carolyn Dean, author of “The Miracle of Magnesium” and she and many other doctors and researchers are clear that "magnesium deficiency is a major factor -- in many severe illnesses including heart attacks/heart disease, asthma, anxiety and panic attacks, depression, fatigue, diabetes, migraines and other headaches, osteoporosis, insomnia, and most cases of muscular problems."
According to Dr. Carolyn Dean, "Of the 325 magnesium-dependent enzymes, the most important enzyme reaction involves the creation of energy by activating adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the fundamental energy storage molecule of the body. ATP may be what the Chinese refer to as Qi, or life force. Magnesium is required for the body to produce and store energy. Without magnesium there is no energy, no movement, no life."
Other problems with a deficiency:
Dr. Steven Johnson says: "The range of pathologies associated with Mg deficiency is staggering:hypertension (cardiovascular disease, kidney and liver damage, etc.), peroxynitrite damage (migraine, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma, Alzheimer's disease, etc.), recurrent bacterial infection due to low levels of nitric oxide in the cavities (sinuses, vagina, middle ear, lungs, throat, etc.), fungal infections due to a depressed immune system, thiamine deactivation (low gastric acid, behavioral disorders, etc.), premenstrual syndrome, Ca deficiency (osteoporosis, mood swings, etc.), tooth cavities, hearing loss, diabetes type II, cramps, muscle weakness, impotence, aggression, fibromas, K deficiency (arrhythmia, hypertension, some forms of cancer), Fe accumulation, etc."
80% of people are deficient in Magnesium
Despite the incredible importance of Mg, over 80% of people have a magnesium deficiency. And there are many things that lower your magnesium levels such as stress, drinking alcohol, consuming sugar, caffeine, antibiotics, birth control pills, fluoride from water and toothpaste, sweating excessively, and many medications, and the standard American diet is almost devoid of magnesium.
Why are we so deficient?
In Short:1. We’re being poisoned by our food.2. Stress – Busy lives are draining us. Stress hormone production requires high levels of magnesium and stressful experiences lead to depletion of it. 3. Sugar - every molecule of sugar uses 54 molecules of magnesium to process. 4. Low levels in the soil and modern farming techniques deplete stores of magnesium. 5. Many pharmaceutical drugs and estrogen compounds such as oral contraceptives, antibiotics, cortisone, prednisone and blood pressure medications (“Drug-induced nutrient depletion handbook,” Pelton, 2001). Diuretics in coffee and tea (caffeine) also raise excretion levels. And flouride competes for absorption with magnesium! One more reason to get this out of your toothpaste and water.
How do you know if you are deficient?
Signs that you may be magnesium deficient are muscle cramps like a Charlie horse, bad odor in your sweat, fatigue, insomnia, irritability, anxiety, constipation, PMS, migraines and other headaches, Impaired memory, Irregular or rapid heartbeat,
Conditions Related to low Magnesium: • Depression • Chronic fatigue syndrome or lethargy • ADHD • Epilepsy • Parkinson’s disease • Sleep problems • Migraine • Cluster headaches • Osteoporosis • Premenstrual syndrome • Chest pain (angina) • Cardiac arrhythmias • Coronary artery disease and atherosclerosis • Hypertension • Type II diabetes • Asthma • Brain fog • Behavioral disturbances
Mg Beauty Benefits for Skin:
Called “The Mineral of Beauty” in traditional Chinese medicine.
When Magnesium levels are restored in the cells, it acts as a natural cellular protectant and facilitates safe and effective detoxification. Prevents Wrinkles: Magnesium is necessary for the enzymes that regulate DNA replication and repair. Without it, the skin is subject to a host of harmful free radical damage and inflammation. Reduces Breakouts: In a 2007 study cited in the “American Journal of Clinical Nutrition,” Magnesium was discovered to help reduce acne inflammation and it’s causes. Tackles Skin Allergies: Eczema is often a sign of a magnesium deficiency. When magnesium levels are low, the body begins to produce histamines that creates itchy skin and red blotches, which is caused by swelling blood vessels leaking fluid into the skin and tissues. Magnesium deficiency also results in lower levels of fatty acids on the skin reducing elasticity and moisture creating the perfect condition for dryness and inflammation.
Mg and the Brain
Magnesium has been found to be a powerful anti-anxiety anti-stress mineral, essential for brain and organ health. Magnesium-deficiency may also cause aggressive behavior, depression, or suicide. Magnesium calms the brain and people do not need to become severely deficient in magnesium for the brain to become hyperactive.
Almost half the population of the U.S. (almost 70 percent of adult women) uses dietary supplements containing calcium. In general, we absorb less than half of the calcium we ingest. Some researchers warn that calcium supplements are responsible for an increase in calcification. Calcium causes constipation and builds up in the body in soft tissues where it can harden (calcify). The sites of calcification include artery walls, kidneys, gall bladder, muscles and breast tissue. Taking Calcium Might Increase Your Heart Attack Risk A study in 2010 (www.bmj.com/content/341/bmj.c3691.full) with over 8,000 people, showed that taking inorganic calcium supplements in amounts of 500 mg or more would increase your relative risk of heart attack by 27 percent. Critics of the study pointed out that it only looked at calcium supplementation without vitamin D administered at the same time (vitamin D helps you absorb and utilize calcium). However, the second analysis (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21505219) showed that even when co-administered with vitamin D, elemental calcium still increased heart attack risk by 24 percent, with researchers concluding: "Calcium supplements with or without vitamin D modestly increase the risk of cardiovascular events, especially myocardial infarction … A reassessment of the role of calcium supplements in osteoporosis management is warranted."
Mg, Calcium, and Vitamin D
Mg allows your body to absorb calcium as well as vitamin D. If you are going to take calcium, many sources suggest to have at least a 1:1 ratio or better 2:1 ration of magnesium to Calcium or stop the intake of calcium supplementation all together. In Dr. Thompson’s book “The Calcium Lie” he explains that if you focus on calcium alone you will likely weaken your bones and increase your risk of Osteoporosis. Click the picture to go to the book:
Food Sources of Magnesium:
As always it's better to get magnesium from foods rather than supplements. Good sources of magnesium in foods include whole grains, nuts, peanut butter, peanut flours, organic avocados, green leafy vegetables like spinach and swiss chard, some beans, almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and sesame seeds, spices such as basil and coriander leaf, cacoa powder, and Kefir & Whey. Here are some Magnesium rich foods when grown in organic soils:
High dose supplements can have a laxative effect, this is the body's way of preventing toxic levels. But unfortunately, the food values of magnesium, and most other minerals, have been dropping over the last fifty years making it extremely difficult to receive all we need from foods. If you are going to take an oral supplement for magnesium take one with Magnesium glycinate, which is a chelated form of magnesium that tends to provide the highest levels of absorption and bioavailability and is typically considered ideal for those who are trying to correct a deficiency
Why Magnesium Oil:
Magnesium is more easily absorbed transdermally through the skin than it is taken internally. Just to clarify, magnesium oil is not an oil, it’s only called that because of the oily feel of magnesium chloride suspended in water. (Please note that this is not the same magnesium found in Epsom salt. Epsom salt is magnesium sulfate. This is magnesium chloride and is better suited for transdermal absorption.) For more information see this book:
How to Make Magnesium Oil
- ½ cup pure or distilled water
How to Apply Magnesium Oil
Spray it on your mid-section, under your arms or legs daily. Allow 20 minutes to absorb, then either brush off the saltyness or shower. You may experience a tingling sensation when you first start, which is normal and will fades after 10 to 20 minutes. After applying the Mg oil for a few weeks, you likely won’t experience this tingling any more.
Use the Mg oil liberally, starting with 4 to 8 squirts a day and building up to as many as 20. It will loosen your stool, so if you’re not sure how much to apply, simply watch your bowel movements. If it becomes too loose, then use less.
Right away you may notice: Better sleep, less smell in your sweat and a need to use less deodorant, more calm and less anxiety and stress, less mood swings, and less headaches.
Doctor says your Mg is fine? Conventional Testing Mg is Inaccurate:
Unfortunately, conventional medicine has not woken up to the amount of research that has been done on magnesium deficiency.
One of the reasons Western Medicine is so off base with magnesium is because they are done with inaccurate blood testing, which does not offer any info about Mg. This is because Mg in blood is controlled very strictly by the body because if Mg drops just a small amount, you will go into cardiac arrest. In order to prevent this the body will steal it from all the cells, tissues, and bones in order to keep it constant. So your cells can be empty and your blood will test fine. And further, only 1% of your body’s Mg is found in your blood, whereas 99% is in your blood.
“A serum test for magnesium is actually worse than ineffective, because a test result that is within normal limits lends a false sense of security about the status of the mineral in the body. It also explains why doctors don’t recognize magnesium deficiency; they assume serum magnesium levels are an accurate measure of all the magnesium in the body.” – Dr. Carolyn Dean, The Magnesium Miracle.
Vitamin - K2 & Mg
If you do really want to take calcium it is also beneficial to use K2 supplements unless you are eating fermented foods. There is new evidence that vitamin K2 directs the calcium to your skeleton, while preventing it from being deposited where you don't want it -- i.e., your organs, joint spaces, and arteries. Without the help of vitamin K2, the calcium that your vitamin D so effectively lets in might be working AGAINST you -- by building up your coronary arteries rather than your bones. This is why if you take calcium and vitamin D but are deficient in vitamin K, you could be worse off than if you were not taking those supplements at all. And remember food is the best source of calcium - Good sources include raw milk and cheese from pasture-raised cows (who eat the plants), leafy green vegetables, the pith of citrus fruits, carob, sesame seeds and wheatgrass, to name a few.
For more info, read “50 studies that suggest that magnesium deficiency is killing us” - http://www.dumblittleman.com/2013/08/50-studies-suggest-that-magnesium.html
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