Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body. It plays a key role in over 325 enzyme reactions that regulate diverse biochemical reactions in the body, including protein synthesis, muscle and nerve function, blood glucose control, and blood pressure regulation. Every part of your body, from your heart to your bones, needs magnesium to stay strong.
Roughly 50 percent of the magnesium in your body is stored in your bones, and the other half is mostly located in your organs and tissues.
Magnesium plays the following important roles in the body:
- increases physical endurance
- supports healthy blood pressure
- decreases your blood glucose levels and risk of diabetes
- boosts your immune system
- helps to contract and relax your muscles
- assists in the production of energy and protein in the body
- improves the quality of your sleep
The National Academy of Sciences reporw that 80 percent of American men and 70 percent of American women don’t get the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of magnesium from their diets and supplements. When you consider that the RDA is set too low to begin with, you realize that most Americans are magnesium-deficient.
A report published by the World Health Organization estimates that around three quarters of people in the United States have a diet that is deficient in magnesium.
Today, modern farming practices strip the soils of magnesium and our drinking water is depleted of important minerals. In fact, it’s estimated that our food and water now contain less than half the magnesium they did a century ago. Add to this the high levels of sugar, caffeine and alcohol in many people’s diets, all known magnesium antagonists, and it’s not hard to see why so many people are deficient in magnesium.
The standard test used by medical doctors for magnesium measures serum magnesium levels in the blood, but only about one percent of this mineral is found in the blood. Rather, about 66 percent is found in bone and 33 percent in skeletal and cardiac muscle. In order to effectively assess magnesium levels, you need to test content in the red blood cells.
- Improves sleep quality
- Calms overactive nerves and relieves stress
- Improve focus and helps fight ADHD
- Boosts energy level
- Strengthens immune system
- Hydrates and strengthens skin
- Proper muscle function and supports a lean body composition
- Relieves aches, pains, spasms and inflammation
- Protects against and aids in recovery from arthritis
- Essential alkaline mineral for detoxification (Cancer lives in a body that is not alkaline, which we call acidic)
- Improves digestion
- Improves bone strength, and protects from loss of bone (osteoporosis)
FYI – Your calcium supplement is useless without adequate magnesium. Combine calcium and magnesium in equal doses… and don’t forget the vitamin D.
Never do I see suggestions for the one thing that, over 90 percent of the time, fixes the actual problem within 24 hours. This one thing is magnesium. A mineral found in low levels in many foods, it is a component of more than 325 different enzymes in the human body. It plays an important role in hydration, muscle relaxation, energy production and, crucially, the deactivation of adrenaline. Having sufficient magnesium in your body does not necessarily guarantee that you will go into a deep sleep quickly and stay there, but insufficient stores of the mineral guarantee that you won’t. And almost everyone I see is short of magnesium. Many friends now see their lives in two parts; one before they discovered magnesium, and one after I give them this tip.
From The Magnesium Miracle, here are the top 22 conditions that may be caused by magnesium deficiency:
- Anxiety and panic attacks
- Blood Clots
- Bowel disease induced by constipation
- Cystitis and bladder spasms
- Heart disease
- Kidney stones
- Musculoskeletal conditions
- Muscle weakness / muscle cramps
- Nerve problems / Numbness
- Premenstrual Syndrome
- Raynayd’s syndrome
- Tooth decay
Magnesium has long been considered a key mineral for optimal brain function. It is considered to be an “anti-stress” mineral because it works to calm the nerves and relax the muscles, which in turn can help people fall asleep.
Carolyn Dean, MD, ND, from Better Nutrition Magazine says, “depletion of magnesium may result from high consumption of coffee or tea, chronic diarrhea, irritable bowel, laxatives, oral contraceptives, over exercising and emotional stress. Magnesium depletion may also result in people with gastrointestinal disorders, diabetes mellitus, old age, chronic alcoholism, and in long-term use of diuretics. High doses of supplemental zinc and high protein intake interfere with magnesium absorption.”
Source: Carolyn Dean, MD, ND, from Better Nutrition Magazine
Magnesium is a natural mineral. You cannot overdose from too much magnesium as your body will just eliminate any extra that is not needed.
Maximum absorption is through the skin.
- One measuring teaspoon (5 ml) of magnesium oil equates to 400mg of elemental magnesium. Rubbing 1-2 teaspoons in to the skin would be ample for most people.
- However if you wish to rub higher amounts into the skin, that is OK, since the body will absorb only what it needs.
- The oil may be applied anywhere on the body, although it can cause a slight burning sensation on delicate skin for some people.
We encourage you to talk to your health care providers (doctor, registered dietitian, pharmacist, etc.) about your interest in, questions about, or use of dietary supplements and what may be best for your overall health. Do not take a supplement without consulting your healthcare provider.
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