Why is magnesium so important for your health?

September 26, 2014

Magnesium is present in all cells of the body and is involved in over 300 enzymatic processes, including energy production.

Magnesium is essential for:

- maintaining normal bone density.

-normal cardiac rhythm.

-normal pulmonary function.

-normal blood glucose regulation.

Magnesium is one of the most common world-wide deficiencies today and it plays a role in most of the common health struggles people face every day. Most doctors are not trained to detect magnesium deficiencies. Magnesium deficiency is often misdiagnosed because it does not show up in blood tests as only 1% of the body's magnesium is stored in the blood.

Without sufficient magnesium the body struggles to make and utilise protein and enzymes. It is also unable to properly methylate and detoxify and/or process and utilise anti-oxidants like vitamin C and E.

Dr. Norman Shealy's, M.D., Ph.D. is an American neurosurgeon and a pioneer in pain medicine says, "Every known illness is associated with a magnesium deficiency," and that, "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."

Magnesium Deficiency Rates

Research has shown that 68% of individuals in the US do not consume the daily recommended amount of dietary magnesium and 19% do not even consume half of the RDA levels which are 310-420mg daily. Most researchers believe this RDA level is far too low and if it was raised to where it should be we would see that roughly 80% of Americans are consuming insufficient quantities.

Magnesium is a basic element of life - much like water and air.

We need a lot of magnesium, roughly 1000 mgs/day for a healthy active individual to keep up with the demands of the body. Magnesium is to the body like oil is to a car's engine and if we are deficient problems will arise.

Calcium/Magnesium Ratios

Our current diet is rich in calcium but insufficient in magnesium. Our ancient ancestors had a diet that was close to 1:1 whereas our present-day diets are more like 5:1 and up to 15:1. Having roughly ten times more calcium than magnesium is a serious problem

This elevated calcium to magnesium ratio is a major player in conditions such as mitral valve prolapse, migraines, attention deficit disorder, autism, fibromyalgia, anxiety, asthma and allergies.

Wherever there is elevated calcium and insufficient magnesium inside of cells the effects are muscle contractions, spasms, twitches and even convulsions.

Magnesium and Detoxification

Without sufficient magnesium the body struggles to make and utilise protein and enzymes. It is also unable to properly methylate and detoxify and/or process and utilise anti-oxidants like vitamin C and E.

Magnesium is extremely critical for proper detoxification processes. As our world has become increasingly more toxic, our need for magnesium has increased. Meanwhile, the nutrition of our modern food has increasingly been diminished. This is due to overcropping, poor composting and pesticides/herbicide chemical residue which reduces nutritional quality of our soils and produce.

Research has shown links between magnesium deficiency and the following health conditions:

• Mitral valve prolapse • Cardiac arrythmias • Migraines • ADHD • Autism • Anxiety • Asthma • Allergies • Chronic Pain • Fibromyalgia • Chronic Fatigue • Muscle Spasms • Insomnia • Twitching and tremors • Swelling/edema • Weak pulse • Brain fog/confusion • Osteoporosis

Best Food Sources for Magnesium:

1. Raw, grass-fed dairy products

2. Pumpkin seeds

3. Raw green veggies

4. Raw cacao

5. Pink salt and unrefined sea salts

6. Wild-caught fish

7. Sea vegetable - kelp/nori/dulse

8. Sprouted nuts/seeds

9. Avocados

10. Sprouted legumes