The Ultimate Anti-Stress Mineral: MAGNESIUM
Minerals, like enzymes, are a foundational part of human health. Without minerals, the spark plugs of life, called enzymes, cannot function. Magnesium is responsible for controlling 42% of the human body's enzymes. Think of enzymes as keys to your car. You cannot start your car without the keys. Your body cannot function properly and efficiently when magnesium is not there. We will go into detail in this article discussing the top magnesium facts, symptoms of magnesium deficiency, the magnesium burn rate (how it is getting depleted out of us way faster than we can replenish), why you haven’t heard of it, misinformation, & best forms to take.
TOP MAGNESIUM FACTS
- Magnesium is responsible for 3,751+ enzymatic connections.
- Magnesium deficiency is a major factor in chronic disease - diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, migraines, IBS, and heartburn. The drugs used to treat all these conditions deplete magnesium, often making symptoms worse.
- Magnesium is needed for six out of the eight steps of the Krebs cycle in the mitochondria to produce energy. Every process in your body needs ENERGY.
- 80-90% of people are magnesium deficient.
- Magnesium is very deficient in the soil and in the food supply, so it must be supplemented orally (liquid) and transdermally (skin). Only about 10% will be achieved through the foods we eat.
- Calcium, Iron, Vitamin D supplementation deplete the levels of magnesium in the body.
- Telomeres, which are components of chromosomes, hold the key to aging, as does magnesium, which prevents telomeres from deteriorating.
SYMPTOMS OF MAGNESIUM DEFICIENCY
- Acid Reflux
- Adrenal Fatigue
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Anxiety/Panic Attacks
- Blood Clots
- Bruxism (teeth grinding)
- Cholesterol Elevation
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Heart Disease
- Kidney Disease
- Musculoskeletal Conditions (Fibromyalgia, muscle spasms, back pain)
- Nerve Problems (burning, numbness, paralysis, seizures, vertigo, etc)
- Obstetrical and gynecological problems (PMS, cramps, preeclampsia)
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Sports Injuries
MAGNESIUM BURN RATE
Our magnesium levels are being depleted faster than we can keep up, so it is important we do our best to put out the fire as well as provide the body with the correct sources of magnesium. If we continue to partake in the following factors that burn through our magnesium levels, we essentially can never get to the root of our problems.
In our most recent blog post we discuss what physical, chemical, emotional, environmental, and nutritional stressors can be found in today’s society. Read the article to understand more about those stressors that deplete magnesium here. The first mineral to leave the body under any of the stressors above is MAGNESIUM.
WHY YOU HAVEN’T HEARD OF IT & MISINFORMATION
As Dr. Carolyn Dean discusses in her book, The Magnesium Miracle, her first 2 years of medical school was about diseases. The second two years she studied drug treatments for those diseases. She spent no time on nutrient deficiencies. According to the magnesium expert Mildred Seelig, M.D., while a tremendous amount of magnesium research has been done in India, Britain, France and a number of other countries, doctors in the United States use the excuse that not enough research has been done her for them to feel informed enough to prescribe it. Dr. Seelig calls this the “not invented-here syndrome”.
There are hundreds of ways that our bodies utilize magnesium, which makes it impossible for science to identify its “most important function”. This approach for looking for the single pivotal function of a supplement is based on the medical model of “one symptom, one diagnosis, one drug”. Science depends on this model to isolate one variable at a time for scientific testing, but they do not seem to realize that it would be unreasonable and impossible to limit food nutrients, such as magnesium in that way. Since it is involved in about 42% (3,751+) of the human body's enzymatic function and interacts with dozens of other nutrients like Vitamin D status, cholesterol, calcium, potassium, & sodium.
There are over 1,000 research papers authored by Drs. Burton and Bella Altura, providing the value of magnesium, but unfortunately seem to have done nothing to make the public aware of the importance of magnesium. Researchers will just keep getting funding to repeat the same studies and doctors will continue to ignore them because they never learned anything about the clinical application of magnesium in medical school. We all just have to dig a little bit more and be willing to grow and surpass our prior education/belief systems. People can do their own Magnesium RBC test as requestatest.com to fully understand where his/her levels are at. Serum blood test is not a sufficient indicator of magnesium levels because it is supposed to be found intracellularly and not in the blood.
BEST FORMS OF MAGNESIUM
Other forms of magnesium you will mainly find include oxide, citrate, glycinate, threonate, sulfate (epsom salt), which are not as absorbable by the body as the 2 listed above. Most pills are only 4% absorbable and can create more issues than benefit when taken in pill forms. We recommend starting with transdermal application and a liquid form, magnesium bicarbonate, which is the most absorbable by the body (up to 80%).
Magnesium bicarbonate is the only liquid form of magnesium. It is an electrolyte salt that we used to get in our drinking water. As a result of burning fossil fuels, we have sulfuric and nitric acid, two very corrosive acids that obliterate the soils, animals, and nature’s cycles that we rely upon to maintain our health. The multiple inorganic forms of calcium and potassium (npk fertilizer) in our produce (even organic), compete with magnesium for absorption.
Magnesium bicarbonate was discovered when the Australian government noticed that farm animals were living up to twice as long. Click here to read about patent #6,048,553 by Russell J Beckett showing its efficacy in the treatment of inflammatory, degenerative and viral disease.
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