Find out why Magnesium is so important!
Do you have Magnesium Deficiency?
I just read this about magnesium and I don’t think I have ever read anything on magnesium, so I wanted to share.
According to Norman Shealy, MD, PhD, an American neurosurgeon and a pioneer in pain medicine.” Every known illness is associated with magnesium deficiency and it’s the missing cure to many diseases.” Not only does Magnesium help regulate calcium, potassium and sodium, but magnesium is essential for cellular health and is critical component of over 300 biochemical functions in the body.
Causes of Magnesium Deficiency
Once thought to be relatively rare, magnesium deficiency is more common than most physicians believe. Here’s why: (Soil depletion genetically modified organisms (GMO) and the chemicals in our food have created a recipe for disaster. As minerals are removed, stripped away, or no longer available in the soil, the percentage of magnesium present in food has decreased. Digestive diseases, like leaky gut, can cause malabsorption of minerals, including magnesium. Today there are hundreds of millions of people who aren’t absorbing their nutrients. Also, as we age, our mineral absorption tends to decrease, so the probability of having a deficiency increases across the board. Chronic diseases and medication use is at an all-time high. Most chronic illness is associated with magnesium deficiency and lack of mineral absorption. Medications damage the gut which is responsible for absorbing magnesium from our food.
Should you worry about magnesium deficiency?
It all depends on your risk factors and presenting systems. Also approximately 80 percent of people have low levels of magnesium, so the chance are that you are probably deficient. Only 1 percent of magnesium in your body is in your blood stream, so often you can have a deficiency, and would not even be discovered by a common blood test.
Magnesium Deficiency Symptoms
Many people may be magnesium deficient and not even know it. But here are some key symptoms to look out for that could indicate if you are deficient.
1) Leg cramps
Seventy percent of all adults and 7 percent of children experience leg cramps on a regular basis. But leg cramps can be more of a nuisance- they can also be downright excruciating ! Because of magnesium’s role in neuromuscular signals and muscle contractions, researchers have observed that magnesium deficiency is often to blame. More and more health care professionals are prescribing magnesium supplements to help their patients. Restless leg syndrome is another warning sign of a magnesium deficiency to overcome both leg cramps and restless leg syndrome, you will want to increase your intake of magnesium and potassium.
Magnesium deficiency is often a precursor to sleep disorders such anxiety, hyperactivity and restlessness its because magnesium is vital for GABA function, and inhibitory neurotransmitter known to “calm” the brain and promote relaxation. Taking around 400 milligrams of magnesium before bed or with dinner is the best time of day to take supplement. Also, adding in magnesium-rich foods during dinner like nutrition-packed spinach may help.
3) Muscle Pain/Fibromyalgia
A study published in Magnesium Research examined the role Magnesium plays in fibromyalgia symptoms and it uncovered that increasing magnesium consumption reduce pain and tenderness and also improved immune blood markers. Often times linked to autoimmune disorders, this research should encourage fibromyalgia patients because it highlights the systemic that magnesium supplements have on the body.
As magnesium deficiency can affect the central nervous system, more specifically the GABA cycle in the body, it’s side effects can include irritabillty and nervousness. As the deficiency worsens, it cause high levels of anxiety and, in severe cases, depression and hallucinations. Magnesium is needed for every cell function from the gut to the brain, so it’s no wonder that it affects so many systems.
5) High Blood Pressure
Magnesium works partnered with calcium to support proper blood pressure and protect the heart. So when you are magnesium deficient, often you are also low in calcium and tend towards hypertention or high blood pressure.
A study with 241,378 participants published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition uncovered that a diet high in magnesium foods could reduce the risk of a stroke by 8 percent. This is profound considering that hypertension causes 50 percent of Ischemic strokes in the world. ( Ischemic stroke, is caused by obstruction in the vessels) ……. to be continued