"Magnesium is the most critical mineral required for electrical stability of every cell in the body. A magnesium deficiency may be responsible for more diseases than any other nutrient."
As a follow-up post to the dangers of nightshade vegetables and solanine....I'm writing about miracle of magnesium. This isn't a first hand testimonials of how magnesium has changed my life. I'm just getting started with it myself. I just want to share my findings, bcuz from what I'm learning...it's the most important supplement we can take.
It's a simple thing to say/think - we need more magnesium in our diets, or...most people are deficient in it. After that it gets a little more complex. There appears to be some cover-up when it comes to educating folks about its importance, or perhaps doctors aren't educated themselves? When we get into the medical industry (at this point in time) - it always comes down to what generates the most money. Magnesium doesn't fit that bill. It's cheap, affordable, and effective. Three things that the medical industry isn't keen on!!
Magnesium is necessary for over 18,000 functions in our body - a necessary cofactor in over 700 enzymes that perform vital metabolic functions. Every organ in our body needs magnesium, especially the heart, muscles, and kidneys. It's the main building component in the hard, outside layer of bone - if magnesium is in short supply - that protective wall weakens/thins, and we lose bone-mass. Most important - it activates enzymes...helping energy production. If we don't have enough magnesium, our entire system slows down. There is no optimum health without optimum levels of magnesium! It regulates calcium levels, as well as copper, zinc, potassium, and (the hormone) vitamin D.
Magnesium deficiency does not show up in blood (serum) tests, bcuz only 1% of magnesium is stored in the blood. That 1% is always kept constant by your body. If magnesium is low - it will pull mag from other parts of your body, for blood use. So, unless you develop symptoms around your deficiency (things get really bad) - no doctor is never going to notice a deficiency.
You can order something called the Magnesium RBC Test (from requestatest.com) for $49.00. They'll send you to a nearby lab to your blood drawn and sent in. Your optimum level for your Mag RBC test should be 6.0-6.5 mg/dL. As an alternative you can Muscle Test for deficiency....which is free.
Magnesium should be taken in combination with b vitamins, especially B6, which regulates how much magnesium can be absorbed by your cells. Your body is crazy intelligent and works constantly to keep itself in balance - synergistically. Everything works in support of something else. This is also why prescription medications don't "cure" anything....any typically end up causing more problems. The video below shows a good example - whereby alleviating the CAUSE of a problem, we avoid a myriad of issues that develop on top of the original problem. Doctors seem to practice a trial by error approach that addresses the most obvious symptoms first. The longer the cause goes untreated - the more problems arise, and with prescription medications, create lots of other health problems.
THINGS THAT DEPLETE MAGNESIUM
STRESS - Chronic-low-grade stress. Simply anything that's not sitting well in your life
DIURETICS - caffeine, alcohol, soda, sodium, blood pressure medication
HIGHLY REFINED CARBS - anything made with white flour and white sugar, and is highly processed.
SYMPTOMS OF MAGNESIUM DEFICIENCY
Magnesium is in every cell, every part of your body. It should be anyway. Your body will start by drawing mag from the least vital places - your extremities - hands, feet, skin. This creates STRESS on your body, bcuz from its point of view - every one of its operations is VITAL. It doesn't like being put in that position, but it will deal with whatever you throw at it...as best it can.
It will avoid drawing mag from your organs as long as possible. If you experience tight muscles, twitching eyelids, spasms, muscle cramps, backaches, neck pain, tingling, tension......you're deficient in magnesium.
As it moves deeper into your body, drawing on stores of mag, you can get these same symptoms related more to organs - bowel muscle problems and constipation, urinary spasms, menstrual cramps, difficulty swallowing (lump in the throat) - especially triggered by eating sugar. Next level - affects your nervous system. insomnia, anxiety, hyperactivity, manic energy, restlessness, uptight feelings, and odd feelings throughout the body - like pings, zaps, or vibrational sensations. Your heart can be next....palpitations, arrhythmias, angina - all due to spasming of the coronary arteries. High blood pressure, and mitral valve prolapse. The brain is also highly affected by deficiency - cloudy or foggy headed, confusion, distortion, disorientation. muddled thinking, even hallucinations and delirium.
Some of these mentioned above: Depression and Anxiety, Moodiness, Irritability, Muscle Twitching or Weakness, Spasms, Tight Muscles, Leg Cramps/Restless Leg Syndrome, Sleep Disorders & Insomnia, Heart Palpitations or irregular rhythms (Arrhythmia), Heart disease, Low Blood Pressure or High Blood Pressure, Poor nail growth, seizures, migraines, osteoporosis, preeclampsia, eclampsia, PMS, hearing loss, fibromyalgia, dizziness, fatigue, retention of sodium, gout, edema, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, personality changes, cravings for salt and refined carbs, tender breasts, eyesight problems.
Bcuz our bodies can't hold on to calcium when magnesium is lacking - it can also rampant tooth decay, bone loss, and osteoporosis. Vitamin B6 is NECESSARY to help magnesium dissolve calcium phosphate kidney stones! Both MS and epilepsy have been linked to magnesium deficiency.
Not all these symptoms occur at once or together, but it's a good indicator if you have a handful of any of these.
WHERE DO WE GET MAGNESIUM?
Our bodies do not manufacture magnesium. We have to get it from our diet. Naturally it's present in grains, nuts, and dark-green, leafy vegetables, molasses, bananas, sea vegetables, basil, sage, dill weed, mustard greens, poppy seeds. Coriander leaf and Agar agar have the highest levels of mag, next is cocoa powder and pumpkin seeds.
Magnesium is not easily absorbed unless it's attached to a transport or carrier substance....supplement manufactures bind or "chelate" magnesium with other substances - to aid in absorption...that's where we get all the different forms of magnesium ( citrate, gluconate, lactate, hydroxide (lax), oxide, carbonate, sulfate, etc). QUALITY depends on how much magnesium is in the supplement and how "bioavailable" it is. Bioavailability refers to how much mag can be assimilated by the digest system, and used for cellular activity.
Magnesium Amino Acid Chelate: Best forms are magnesium aspartate or arginate.
Magnesium Oxide (Magnesia): Non-chelated. High levels of concentration (60%), low bioavailability (4%).
Magnesium Citrate: Lower concentration, but higher level of bioavailability (90%). Good for kidney stone prevention, but has laxative effects if too much is taken.
Magnesium Orotate: Most effective form that can penetrate cell walls.
Magnesium Chloride: Moderate concentrations (12%) of mag, but high bioavailability (compared to oxide).
Magnesium Lactate: Moderate concentrations of mag, but high bioavailability (compared to oxide). Used most often for treating digest issues. Should be avoided by those with kidney disease or related problems.
Magnesium Sulfate (Epsom Salt): Inorganic form of mag, with an elemental concentration of 10%, but lower bioavailability. Is made up of magnesium, sulfur, and oxygen.
Magnesium Carbonate (chalk): Moderate levels at 45% concentration. moderate bioavailability. Strong laxative effect in high doses.
Magnesium Taurate: Combination with taurine (amino acid) has a calming effect on the mind and body.
Magnesium Threonate: Newer, emerging type - appears promising due to superior ability to penetrate mitochondria, might be the best form available (re: Dr. Mercola).
Magnesium Glycinate: High both in absorption and availability, and considered ideal for those working to correct a deficiency.
Some time, research, and experimentation has to be done, to find a good balance....usually a combination of different forms is best. Some are absorbed easier than others, some are best to applied and absorbed through the skin (Magnesium Oil). If you adjust your diet to include more magnesium rich foods, take a magnesium supplement, use magnesium oil spray on your skin, and take an epsom salt (magnesium) bath once a week.....that should keep levels up. Any extra magnesium your body will simply excrete.
TAKE (BALANCE) YOUR MAG WITH CALCIUM, VITAMIN K2 AND D!! Calcium has to be taken with magnesium to avoid complications - preferably at a ration of 1 to 1. Americans tend to get more calcium in their diets than mag. And most people take calcium supplements (esp women) without understanding the necessary ratio....so they're getting even more calcium than is healthy. The average from SAD diet is about 3.5 calcium to 1 mag.
Dr. Kate Rheaume-Bleue suggest: For every 1000 IUs of vitamin D take 100-200 mcg of vitamin K2. So, 8000 IUs of D (suggested) means 800-1000 mcg of K2. If you're K2 deficient - calcium can cause a lot more problems than it solves, by accumulating in the wrong places!! As well - taking large doses of vitamin D without K2 can lead to vitamin D toxicity, and unhealthy calcification!
ADD SEA SALT TO YOUR WATER! Add a good quality, unrefined sea salt to your drinking water. 1/4 tsp to every pint/liter.
Make your own Magnesium Oil Spray!
Buy some magnesium flakes (I got mine here $13.85 44oz). There's really nothing to it. Use distilled or boiled water and make a super saturated solution. Just keep adding flakes till the water can't hold any more. Pour into a spray bottle, and spritz body as need - after bathing is good, when your pores are open. It's very salty - so beware if you have any cuts! Spray all over - is good for thinning hair. Apply more cautiously to face - you don't want to "spray" your face!! And, not from one mama to another - avoid the boobs if breastfeeding!!!!!! This stuff tastes GROSS! Your kid will let you know for sure!!! 😛
The RDA (recommended daily allowance) from the gov (for adults) is 350-400 mg. Dr. Dean (from the video below) suggests that these amounts should be DOUBLE, so 700-800 mg/day. This is in relation to everyone being deficient and NOT in optimal health. Body's require more magnesium when they're recovering from illness, disease, or surgery...also pregnant women need more, or if one exercises/sweats a lot!
This is another informative 3Fourteen interview with Dr. Carolyn Dean
DOWNLOAD DR. DEANS MAGNESIUM E-BOOKS PART 1 AND 2. FREE. Dr. Dean has also developed her own magnesium supplement called ReMag. $30 240ml. You can read about her great (cutting edge) supplements here. Lots of great testimonials on her site. Have yet to report on something she sells call RnA drops, which requires a bit more research...but sounds pretty interesting.
Can't leave off without a David Wolfe video on CALCIUM/CALCIFICATION!!! There are 7 parts to this video. Watch them all if you can. There's some good info buried inside. Jumping to video #2, where it gets interesting.