MAGNESIUM: A Mighty Mineral Indeed!
Muscle contraction, glucose metabolism, electrical impulses of the heart, bone formation all rely on this mighty mineral to get the job done! If truth be told, the human body cannot function normally without magnesium. Sometimes when mysterious health symptoms arise it can be time to ask, “Am I magnesium deficient?”
Magnesium is a class of mineral very unique unto itself. There are many experts in the field of health but we will rely on one who understands magnesium. From his book Holy Water, Sacred Oil, the Fountain of Youth, Norman Shealy, MD, Ph.D., states the following: “Every known illness is associated with a magnesium deficiency,” and further states, “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.”
“Some 350 different enzymes within the body rely on magnesium,” says Burton M. Altura, of the State University of New York Health Science Center in Brooklyn, New York. Altura, further states concerning stroke victims, “those who stroked out had the lowest levels of ionized magnesium when they stroked out. Yet, in some cases, the patients total magnesium concentrations were in the normal ranges.” Magnesium is found in lower levels in the blood. The normal range for magnesium is 1.7 to 2.4 mEq/litre compared to sodium, which is 140 mEq/litre. Thus the problem of measuring accurate amounts of magnesium in the body is difficult because intracellular magnesium is what needs to be measured.
There is a small portion of society that is aware of the enormous role magnesium plays in body chemistry. Most health care professionals do not consider the underlying consequences of low magnesium levels as a consequence to having good health. Why hasn’t the awareness levels of magnesium deficiency become more publicized?
Symptoms of low levels of Magnesium.
The following is a list of things we can watch for concerning low levels of magnesium in humans:
It is not completely clear what long-term damage is being done to the body by having low levels of magnesium.
Magnesium and Loose Stools.
Why do people suffer from loose stools and even diarrhea when taking high quantities of magnesium? This occurs as non digested magnesium acts as a laxative because it has not been converted to ionic form before it enters the digestive system. Testing for Magnesium levels.
Testing for magnesium levels is difficult and current methodology is out dated. So we are left hanging in the balance. Virtually, all magnesium products on the market are not even close to being absorbed intracellular where magnesium needs to do its best work.
The Journal of the American College of Nutrition published an article by Burton B. Silver, Ph.D., in which he makes his point very well concerning the inability of current methodology to measure magnesium levels within the body. Measuring serum magnesium is inaccurate because only 1% of the total body magnesium is found there. According to Dr. Silver, these measurements (serum levels) are of little use because they don’t give an accurate status of magnesium levels needed within the body for health benefits. Accurate magnesium levels must be measured in intracellular spaces to attain true levels of magnesium that will then show superior benefits.
Knowing the above information from Dr. Silver is accurate, is another reason we are convinced nano particle ionic magnesium is the best source of magnesium because it is in the form the body uses without biological manipulation before ingestion into cells takes place. Other forms of magnesium not in ionic from must be manipulated into ionic form to go intracellular and into ion channels of cells. Nano particles allow for more particle absorption and increased speed at which these magnesium particles get absorbed.
One concern we should all have when taking life critical minerals, is making sure the proper transit time is observed. If products do not get absorbed they will be excreted.
Various Magnesium Studies
The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism states: “Young men taking magnesium can slow bone turnover which is the routine breakdown and rebuilding of bone. Bone turnover is important in postmenopausal women because this process can contribute to bone loss and osteoporosis, a crippling embrittlement of bones.”
The University of Graz Medical School in Austria examined the ability of magnesium supplements to slow bone turnover in healthy young men. In that study, 27 to 36 year olds were examined and surprising results were obtained. Magnesium levels in the blood were lower. What a surprise, but the reason for the lower levels was, tissues such as bone were taking up magnesium in a disproportionate share of the biological active form known as ionic form magnesium. The ionic form of magnesium was being transferred intracellular and not staying in the serum. This sort of data validates our research that magnesium needs to be in ionic form for complete utilization.
The Journal of Hypertension reports magnesium supplements offer therapeutic benefits to men with high blood pressure. Even those already taking medicine to control their hypertension saw extra benefits.
Other studies have taken place around the world and one in particular was at the National Cardiovascular Center in Osaka Japan which showed a decrease in the blood pressure levels, especially in men with the highest blood pressure
In the journal Headache, March 1996, researchers reported that patients with clustered headaches had their acute headache aborted by magnesium therapy. “In clustered headaches, people suffer up to 20 bouts of pain daily in a single siege that can last for months. A single infusion of magnesium has ended those clustered headaches with some relief in 2 to 7 days. Among those who recovered the fastest were those taking ionic forms of magnesium.”
Athletes: studies in Germany involving bodybuilders and long distance runners support the idea that there are great benefits with magnesium therapy. Fewer muscle cramps and greater abilities to perform were discovered. Magnesium affects muscle tissues and low levels of magnesium prevent peak performance in athletes.
Obstetricians: have found the developing placenta and fetus drain maternal stores of magnesium and the bad part is, low levels of magnesium may contribute to cardiovascular problems during pregnancy. In Europe, magnesium therapy is becoming a routine part of obstetric care.
Cellulite: According to Dr. Susan Lark, MD in her newsletter, New Choices the Chemistry of Weight Loss, summer 2001, “Magnesium is critical for getting rid of cellulite. Many of the weight problems I have seen can be cured with magnesium.” A British researcher found that 80% of fatigue patients lack magnesium. The reason magnesium is important is, it stops cortisol production, which makes your belly bigger and because it helps convert fatty acids into the anti-inflammatory prostaglandin. Dr. Lark, says she has seen inflammation disappear and women loss 10 pounds in one week.
Chocolate, Diabetes, Low Energy and Fatigue.
Chocolate: Cravings for this delicious treat are associated with low levels of magnesium. Magnesium is a mineral lost during menstruation. Women who can’t control their weight have found it easier to do so when they can fix the chocolate cravings. Test yourself with the chocolate test. Here it is. On Monday, do not take any magnesium and then eat a piece or two of chocolate and see how it tastes. On Wednesday, take a fair amount of magnesium right before eating the chocolate and notice the difference in how your tasted buds react to the taste of chocolate.
You should notice on the day you took the magnesium before you ate the chocolate that you did not enjoy it as much. On the contrary, when you eat chocolate when low on magnesium. Wow! The chocolate tastes better when low on magnesium. We are not saying not to eat chocolate, we are just saying you may be low in magnesium.
Diabetes: Insulin is a hormone, which helps regulate glucose metabolism. Magnesium has been found to improve insulin’s response to dietary sugar and improve the action of insulin in regulating blood sugar.
Dr. Hans Nieper, MD: from his extensive research with compromised patients states the following “Magnesium improves the activity of white granulocyte blood cells and increases production of immune-defensive substances such as antibodies and complement factors.” Dr. Nieper is an expert in cancer therapy and says there is a correlation between high levels of magnesium and health versus low levels of magnesium and poor health.
Low Energy and Fatigue: Source: USDA / Agricultural Research Service Date: 2004. Most people think of calcium and phosphorus as the most important dietary components for bone health. But magnesium also plays an important role. It is involved in hundreds of biochemical reactions, many of which help keep not only bones strong, but the heart rhythm healthy and the nervous system functioning smoothly.
A study by Agricultural Research Service physiologist Henry C. Lukaski and nutritionist Forrest H. Nielsen reveals important findings on the effects of depleted body magnesium levels on energy metabolism.
Lukaski is assistant director of Agricultural Research Service Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center, Grand Forks, North Dakota. He and Nielsen, with the centre’s clinical nutrition support staff, showed that inadequate magnesium is associated with a need for increased oxygen during exercise.
They found that during moderate activity, those with low magnesium levels in muscle are likely to use more energy and therefore to tire more quickly than those with adequate levels.
The study’s first phase provided 10 postmenopausal women with a controlled diet adequate in magnesium for 35 days. In the next phase, a low-magnesium diet provided less than half the recommended daily intake for 93 days. The last phase provided a diet adequate in magnesium for 49 days. The volunteers were subjected to exercise tests at the end of each dietary phase, along with biochemical and physiological tests.
After consuming the low-magnesium diet, volunteers showed a significant overall loss of magnesium. They had lowered muscle levels of magnesium, and their red blood cells were at the low end of the normal range.
The data shows that during the low-magnesium-status phase, the volunteers used more oxygen during physical activity, and their heart rates increased by about 10 beats per minute. “When the volunteers were low in magnesium, they needed more energy and more oxygen to do low-level activities than when they were in adequate-magnesium status,” says Lukaski. The study was published in the May 2002 issue of the Journal of Nutrition.
Heavy metal poisoning.
Heavy Metal poisoning: Magnesium protects the cell from aluminum, mercury, lead, cadmium, beryllium and nickel. Evidence is mounting that low levels of magnesium contribute to the heavy metal deposition in the brain that precedes Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s. It is probable that low total body magnesium contributes to heavy metal toxicity in children and is a participant in the etiology of learning disorders.
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