Dr. Carolyn Dean, M.D. wrote about magnesium in her book The Magnesium Miracle. She spent decades researching magnesium and what it can do to dramatically improve health. Dr. Dean suggests that virtually everyone can benefit from some level of magnesium supplementation, as 80% of the population is suffering from magnesium deficiency.
A great deal of emphasis has been placed on calcium, but without magnesium, calcium can not be incorporated into bone. Magnesium is needed to make hundreds of enzymes work and assists with thousands of others. It’s part of your life force. Yes, it’s that important. Magnesium produces and transports energy and is involved with hundreds of enzymatic functions in the body. As a result, magnesium deficiency can effect every aspect of your physiology. Because magnesium is involved in activating the most important enzyme reaction in the body, ATP (adenosine troposphere), without it there is no energy, no movement, no life.
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Dr. Dean concludes that “Magnesium is not some wonder drug touted by a pharmaceutical company in an aggressive marketing campaign. It is a simple element, a mineral vital to life and health, and easily obtained. The more I learn about magnesium, the more convinced I am that doctors are missing a huge opportunity by not making it one of these drugs of choice. As one of the most inexpensive and accessible supplements on the market, magnesium is responsible for regulating 325 enzymes in the body. It aids in the digestion, absorption and utilization of protein, fats and carbohydrates – and in the secretion and function of insulin; without it diabetes is inevitable. “
The key to good health is to consistently stick to the basics, get regular wellness check-ups, drink water, exercise, manage stress, take a good multi vitamin, get plenty of rest and eat right. In addition, magnesium supplementation is a definite necessity. The adult Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for magnesium is 350-400 milligrams per day. Dr. Dean suggests that “For optimal health, and for the many conditions that are triggered by magnesium deficiency, perhaps twice as much magnesium is needed.”
Although there are some people who should not take magnesium, most people can supplement without any problems. The only indication that you have overdone it is loose stools. The laxative effect, however, can be managed by using smaller doses or switching to magnesium citrate, taurate or magnesium oil, liquid magnesium or a powder to mix with water is also available. Be sure to check the small print on the bottle. A brand may claim you’re getting 400 milligrams, while you might be getting far less. And if you want to eat foods with magnesium, green vegetables, nuts and seeds are good sources.
Be careful not to use too many supplements with magnesium stearate. Magnesium stearate, which is used to facilitate the flow of ingredients into capsules and tablets – is of no benefit to the consumer – It can actually impede the absorption of nutrients in the intestines. It is actually better to look for a powder, which has no other ingredients. The company NOW sells Magnesium Citrate .Powder. It contains 630 mg per 1 level teaspoon. There are 61 daily servings in an 8 oz container. It appears to be the best product on the market, because it is 100% pure powder.
Dr, Dean recommends whole grains, legumes and peas as sources of magnesium, but I would not recommend them. Whole grains have been implicated in many health conditions…See Dangers of Grains on the internet. Most legumes need quite a bit of heat to be broken down, which wipes out nutritional value. Peas are also related to peanuts – and they can cause asthma.
Magnesium deficiency reduces Vitamin D effectiveness. What this means to you.Extensive research has shown that a deficiency of Vitamin D can play a role in the development of dozens of diseases – everything from a variety of cancers such as, breast, prostate and colon cancer to diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, psoriasis and mental illness. While many people are beginning to experience the tremendous health benefits that Vitamin D has to offer in the prevention of disease, (according to the non-profit Vitamin D Council, along with many other prominent doctors and research experts)- still people may not be getting the optimal level of benefits that are possible from Vitamin D without also supplementing their diets with magnesium.
Magnesium supports calcium absorption by activating Vitamin D into a form that enables it to interact with calcium. Most osteoporosis treatment and prevention research has zeroed in on increased calcium and Vitamin D intake. In a 2005 study that was published in the “Journal of the American Geriatrics Society,“ it was discovered that out of 2,000 women and men between the ages of 70 to 79, the Caucasian individuals who consumed the most magnesium had the greatest bone density and the lowest risk of developing osteoporosis. The researchers concluded that increasing magnesium intake may be an even more effective preventative measure against bone-thinning than Vitamin D treatment alone in Caucasians.
According to Marc Sorenson, author of Solar Power for Optimum Health, “Osteoporosis is closely correlated to heart disease. Vitamin D deficiency could certainly be a factor in both, because there is a strong inverse relationship between Vitamin D levels and artery calcification. The more D in the blood, the less calcification. Artery cells have Vitamin D receptors (VDR), which, when stimulated by Vitamin D into its active form can help calcium absorption.” Vitamin D, inhibits the calcium from attaching to the cell walls.
Marc Sorenson’s research results correlate with the findings of Dr. Carolyn Dean who is the Medical Director of the non-profit Nutritional Magnesium Association.Their website is: www.nutritionalmagnesium.org According to Dr. Dean, “Adequate levels of magnesium are essential to the absorption and metabolism of calcium and Vitamin D. Magnesium converts Vitamin D into its active form so that it can help calcium absorption. Magnesium stimulates a particular hormone, calcitonin, which helps to preserve bone structure and draws calcium out of the blood and soft tissues back into the bones, preventing some forms of arthritis and kidney stones.”
Dr. Scott Whitaker in his book MediSin, tells us how modern day farming methods including the use of artificial fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides have depleted our soils and foods of magnesium and other vital nutrients. “The end result of our domestic food production has been ‘quantity’, rather than ‘quality’. The human body can thrive on fruits and vegetables that are grown on vital rich soil but not on soil that is artificially pumped up with chemicals.” Thus today our soils and foods are de-mineralized and do not allow us to get enough minerals from diet alone – leaving us the alternative – the need to supplement.
With regards to magnesium supplementation, not all forms of magnesium are equally absorbed by the body. According to research, magnesium oxide is only 4% absorbed by the body. One of the most absorbable forms of magnesium that is safe is magnesium citrate in powder form, which I wrote about above.
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It is a shame that the above disclaimer has to be given, because few doctors have nutritional expertise. My doctor told me over 35 years ago that I knew much more about nutrition than he did. In fact, most doctors have less than a minimum of 3 hours of nutritional study, so how could they be expected to help their patients with nutritional information. Many other doctors have never even had a course in nutrition. When I asked my doctor for the name of a text book on nutrition back in 1976, he referred me to Lady’s Home Journal. At that time I had been studying nutrition for 15 years.
There was an article entitled Magnesium Supplements and Lupus, which was in the International Business Times written by a Gene Tern. author, alternative health proponent and blogger….who wrote about the theory that when the body starts to turn on itself and begins to damage cells and body tissues, this leads to inflammation. And so the inflammation you see associated with lupus is really a symptom of the disease, as lupus affects all parts of the body including the heart, kidneys, joints, skin, lungs, brain, tendons and blood vessels. The most common symptoms of lupus include extreme pain, inflammation, kidney problems, swelling of the joints, fever, weight gain, and skin rashes.
The thing about lupus is that it discriminates, it primarily affects women. While traditional medicine defines lupus as an auto immune disease, some naturopathic doctors are not in accord. They believe the condition is a result of the “presence of abnormal proteins” and mineral deficiencies. In addition, it is believed that some people who suffer from lupus have an allergic reaction to gluten, soy or dairy products.
I had a very dear friend who died of lupus in her teens. I ate at her home a number of times – and noted that she drank a lot of milk. She also mixed milk and meat, which is a very difficult combination for the stomach to digest. I would say that these were abnormal proteins, which probably caused her lupus. My father warned us, when we were young. never to mix milk and meat. It also happens to be part of a dietary code from the Old Testament. There is a good reason for this. Meat needs an acid medium in the stomach in order to be digested. When milk is eaten at the same time, it neutralizes the stomach secretions and prevents the meat from being digested well.
In the lupus article, magnesium and selenium were recommended to help the body repair itself. Magnesium was proclaimed the :life” mineral because it keeps our cells alive and vibrant. Magnesium deficiency has been noted in those suffering from lupus, chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. Vegetable Juicing. The juicing of dark green vegetables in particular; contain powerful phyto-nutrients that the body needs because of the nutritionally-poor, Standard American Diet (SAD). In order to fight lupus using alternative methods please remember that consistency is the key. You will need to change your lifestyle and stick with your regimen. Though results can be dramatic, it usually takes time to see the greatest improvements to your health.
I was particularly interested in reading about lupus, because of the dear friend that I lost. It is sad to think that she was robbed of her life, because nutritional knowledge was not available. However, the same thing is happening today. How many people are dying, because medical doctors have not been required to study this extremely important subject in their curriculum? I have wondered about this for years. How can doctors really know what the cause of a problem is, if they don’t know that the wrong foods or substances can cause disease?
Look at the list of health problems listed above that are caused by magnesium deficiency…and magnesium is only one mineral. There are well over 100 essential vitamins and minerals that the body requires in order to stay well…and how many people are getting them in their foods? I would like to suggest another company that sells a very good liquid mineral supplement which contains about 70 minerals: www.ewater.com Their product is Amino Acid Rich Trace Minerals (one ounce vial). I use 10 drops in an ounce of water daily. I use this in addition to the magnesium citrate powder. I would also like to recommend another online company, which has excellent prices and service for nutritional products: www.thebestlittlevitaminshop.com The Clinical Nutritionist who runs it is very knowledgeable. Her name is Patricia Young.
It is necessary to be proactive in order to prevent illness… and not expect the body to deteriorate as one grows older. I heeded the words of George Bernard Shaw who said, “Too soon old. Too late smart.” Decided that I was going to do my very best to make sure that I didn’t grow old too soon, because I didn’t use my head to prevent it. What are you doing on a regular basis to stay well and slow down the aging process?
Magnesium is one mighty mineral which can work miracles, if used in conjunction with the proper diet and a healthy lifestyle. I do hope that you will check out the links above and in the link below…in regard to this very important mineral. This information could help you and your loved ones avoid some very serious health problems and keep you from aging too fast.
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