Magnesium is a magnificent mineral we need in our body.
As I sat down and began researching and understanding just how important Magnesium is in our body, I couldn’t stop reading and learning more and more. Magnesium is linked to so many issues we face in health today, its leaves me wondering why everyone isn’t taking a supplement. As you read through and learn te just what a powerhouse Magnesium is, you might come to the same conclusion that I did. I offer a bit more research and facts in this piece because I really found it interesting and important.
Let’s get to the good stuff. Magnesium is a Powerhouse and Prominent Mineral in our Body.
It is essential to our functioning, and found in its actually found in many foods, but just not enough. Unfortunately today, our soil isn’t as rich as it once was, so the amount of magnesium in our naturally grown food sources isn’t as high as we need. Magnesium is a powerful tool we can add to our lives to really improve common and chronic ailments.
Magnesium is actually the 4th most prominent mineral in the body. It works on hundreds of different biochemical reactions and enzyme systems, supporting processes like protein synthesis, cell growth and energy production. It is even a major player in nerve function, muscle control and blood pressure. You can also find magnesium managing and influencing blood sugar regulation. Because magnesium is a mineral, it actually sits on the bones in the skeleton, and a very small amount is actually in the blood.
So there’s a quick rundown of how Magnesium works and all the important functions it plays a part in. How do you know if you need more Magnesium in your life? When you research the symptoms of Magnesium deficiency, it can really be a list of every symptom there is. If you want a full list, you can check out Ancient-Minerals online. When I took a look, and researched a few different places, it really seemed unrealistic to know if you have a Magnesium deficiency based on a symptom list. But, I did find some great information on lifestyle factors that contribute to a LOSS of Magnesium. If your lifestyle falls into some of these, you may really need some supplementation.
LIFESTYLE AND HABITS THAT CAUSE MAGNESIUM LOSS:
1. Drinking Carbonated Beverages: Love your cola? Well, most of the dark colored sodas actually bind with magnesium and pull it out of your body. Not good. Maybe switch to a clear sparkling water to help leave the magnesium in your bones.
2. Major Sweet Tooth?: Cakes, cookies, processed donuts and other lovely, addictive junk foods are not Magnesium’s friend. These foods cause the body to excrete magnesium through the liver, and unlike most foods who have some amount of magnesium, these don’t, so you’re left in the negative.
3. Caffeine, Coffee, Tea Drinkers: This is one I really don’t like to hear. Like our sugary friends. caffeine causes the kidneys to excrete magnesium from the body, leaving lower levels of magnesium than before.
4. Cocktail Consumption: Like your evening cocktails? Alcohol also depletes your magnesium levels like caffeine and sugar. 30% percent of alcoholics are found with a clinical magnesium deficiency, and partaking in around 7 drinks a week results in magnesium deficiency.
Okay, now we understand the lifestyle factors that contribute to magnesium loss, but how can you get a quantitative answer on if your levels are low?
I found that there are 5 ways to test your magnesium levels. You can read about all of them HERE. I prefer a more quantitative approach, so naturally one of my number one questions was how do I know for SURE I’m low in magnesium.
Let’s Move on to The Power of Magnesium in improving your health. What can it help you with?
Increasing your intake of magnesium through diet and supplementation can really heal and help improve A LOT of problems. I run out of time here on this post to go over specific supplements and foods to eat, but plan for that in a follow-up post!
Dr. Mercola, an alternative medicine proponent, osteopathic physician and very well respected and known doctor, teamed up with Dr. Carolyn Dean, author of The Magnesium Miracle, teamed up to produce a great video that can explain the power of Magnesium. You can watch it below!
Here are some of the major diseases and chronic illnesses magnesium has been proven to help or prevent.
1. Cancer: Increasing magnesium intake can reduce your risk of cancer. Mercola’s site states “Magnesium may even help lower your risk of cancer, and a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that higher intakes of dietary magnesium were associated with a lower risk of colorectal tumors.8
Results from the meta-analysis indicated that for every 100-mg increase in magnesium intake, the risk of colorectal tumor decreased by 13 percent, while the risk of colorectal cancer was lowered by 12 percent. The researchers noted magnesium’s anti-cancer effects may be related to its ability to reduce insulin resistance, which may positively affect the development of tumors.”
2. Anxiety and Depression: There was a powerful study reported on Psychology Today, discussing the recovery of major depression using magnesium as a part of the treatment. You can read the full article HERE, to read the full details and case studies proving that magnesium can protect the brain from depression and anxiety.
3. PMS: This one is specifically for females. PMS patients were shown to be significantly lower than normal in red blood cell magnesium levels. Magnesium plays a very important part of cell function. Several studies have shown that a magnesium supplement improved PMS symptoms. Dr. Carol Dean (the doctor mentioned earlier and in the video) also states that magnesium is a solution for PMS. PRNewsWire quotes her saying, “The research shows that suffering related to menstrual cycles is unnecessary, and many of the causes such as diet, environmental toxins, and stress are not beyond one’s control. Magnesium is known as the anti-stress mineral. Magnesium is a natural detoxifier and muscle relaxer and helps with constipation and painful cramps, but unfortunately most women are deficient in this mineral and do not get enough from their diet. Our soils and foods have been depleted of this mineral due to modern farming practices and food processing procedures, so supplementing is a vital necessity.”
4. Autism: A couple years ago, we recently published an article here on Key2Health for National Autism Awareness Month coming next month, and magnesium is a part of the treatment plan. Dr. Sircus published a great article going into more detail on the link between Autism and magnesium deficiency. In short, magnesium deficiency is linked to increased behavioral problems like ADD, ADHD and Autism.
Magnesium really is a magnificent mineral we can’t ignore. It is important that if you have any of the lifestyle factors listed above, or experience some of the symptoms to talk to your doctor about the possibilities of a magnesium deficiency. I am looking at Thorne’s Magnesium Supplement, available in the pharmacy. It’s so affordable considering the amazing benefits and improved health you can experience.