Magnesium is mineral that is of extreme importance for human body.
Statistics shows that over 80% of Americans have magnesium deficiency which leads to numerous health issues.
Dr. Carol Dean is medical doctor and naturopathic and she explains about the importance of this mineral. Dr. Dean wrote the book “Death by Modern Medicine”, which is based on examinations about this mineral in a period of 15 years. We can conclude that she is expert when it comes to magnesium.
In her book, Dr. Carol explains about the benefits of this mineral:
Activates the adenosine triphosphate (ATP), thus generating body energy
Improves digestion of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates
Activates the muscles and nerves
Acts as a precursor for serotonin
Despite the importance of magnesium, the percentage of people who get the sufficient amounts is very small.
On the other hand, it is important to mention that people take calcium in high amounts. Still, when it comes to overall health, it is very important to maintain a balance of the minerals.
If there is deficit of magnesium, but excess amount of calcium in the body, muscle spasms will occur.
As Dr. Dean explains, this may lead to reduced function of the nerves and muscles.
Moreover, magnesium is essential mineral for the cardiovascular health. It is important to mention that imbalance between magnesium and calcium can lead to heart attack.
The organ in human body with highest quantity of magnesium is our heart, particularly its left ventricle. Deficiency of magnesium may cause damage in the function of the heart.
Medical experts advise women to take calcium supplements in order to prevent osteoporosis. As Dr. Dean concluded during the study, osteoporosis notably has increased in women who take higher amounts of calcium.
People believe in a myth which says that we should consume 2 times more calcium than magnesium. And due to that, people consume 1,200-1,500 mg of calcium and only a few hundred milligrams of magnesium. Instead, more suitable ration is 1:1, but due to this misinterpretation of the meaning, there is belief that a 2:1 ratio is appropriate.
Vitamins that have influence on the balance of the 2 minerals are vitamin K2 and vitamin D. High dose of vitamin D may lead to magnesium deficiency.
These 4 nutrients are extremely important for the health of our body and they have the ability to prevent a lot of health problems. Moreover, heart attacks and stroke are related to the imbalance of these nutrients.
The role of Vitamin K2 is to make sure that the calcium is in the right place. It is advisable to take vitamin D orally with food, supplemental vitamin K2 and additional magnesium.
Still, keep in mind that you should not take high doses of vitamin D supplements and low doses of magnesium and vitamin K2 as it may lead to toxicity of vitamin D and deficiency symptoms of magnesium.
Magnesium and Vitamin K2 support each other in the balance.
If you take all 4 nutrients you need to balance magnesium, vitamin K2, calcium and vitamin D3 so they can work properly.
Seeds, dairy products, deep green leafy veggies and nuts are great sources of calcium .
Dr. Dean came to conclusion that 1 century ago people used to get 500mg of magnesium from the regular diet, while today that is even 200mg.
Due to the industrial agriculture most of the soils have been drained off the essential minerals like magnesium. Organic foods which are biologically-grown and are from soils that have received mineral fertilizer treatment are great sources of magnesium.
Other sources of magnesium are:
Green leafy veggies (as spinach and Swiss chard)
Seeds (sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds)
Nowadays the food has a deficiency of magnesium and other essential minerals, and on the other hand has herbicides as glyphosate. The herbicides work as chelators and cause obstruction in the uptake and usage of all minerals. That is just another reason why it is very important to take magnesium.
Unfortunately, there aren’t accurate laboratory tests which will determine the status of magnesium in the tissues. Instead you can visit some labs which can make RBS test of magnesium.
It is important to learn how to notice the symptoms of deficiency of magnesium which include:
loss of appetite
Some other symptoms are: personality changes, numbness, seizures, tingling, abnormal heart rhythms, coronary spasms, muscle contractions and cramps.
In the pharmacies you can find many types of magnesium forms as magnesium oxide supplements, but they are difficult for absorption. For instance only 4% of it is absorbed, and the other 94% pass through the intestines.
In order to improve the status of magnesium it is advisable to use Epsom salt baths or foot baths which are easily absorbed.
It is important to explain that there are different types of magnesium supplements due to the ability of magnesium to get bound to other substances. In other words, the substance with the magnesium has impact on the absorption of mineral and its bioavailability and also will provide numerous health benefits.
The varying benefits of these different compounds:
Magnesium Sulfate / Magnesium Hydroxide- are used as a laxative. You need to get directions before you take them as you can easily overdose them.
Magnesium Glycinate- this supplement has highest levels of bioavailability and absorption. It will improve the magnesium level in the body.
Magnesium oxide- has 60% magnesium in it. At most people it softens the stool.
Magnesium chloride and Magnesium Lactate – contains 12% magnesium. Compared with other types, it has a higher absorption.
Magnesium Threonate – this type of supplement may enter the mitochondrial membrane.
Magnesium citrate – contains magnesium and citric acid and has laxative properties.
Magnesium taurate – contains taurine, amino acid and magnesium. This supplement will calm your body and mind. Contains up to 45% of magnesium and has antacid properties.
There are two main factors that cause exhaustion of magnesium in the body: stress and prescription drugs.
Dr. Dean says that when the patient is under a high level of stress, its body loses magnesium.
This mineral helps to prevent anxiety and depression and also relaxes the muscles. Therefore, when you are under stress, you lose magnesium, which makes your muscles in the blood vessels tight which furthermore leads to increased blood pressure.
If you visit your doctor, most likely he will give you a diuretic which will decrease the levels of fluid in the body, and in that way will reduce the pressure in the blood vessels, which will result in a reduction in the blood pressure.
Diuretics cause the draining of magnesium. So, if you go back to your doctor, you will still have a blood pressure due to the fact you have lost a lot of magnesium. After that, he probably will give you calcium channel blocker which can be seen as a good thing because when the magnesium levels fall and calcium level will rise, it makes the blood vessels tighter. This is the reason why they want to block calcium.
Still, what they don’t know is that magnesium has the ability to act as a natural calcium channel blocker. Your doctor may give you another drug for blood pressure: angiotensin-converting-enzyme (ACE) inhibitor.
Two or three months later, when you go back to your doctor he will make a test of your blood in order to check if there is damage to your liver but he will conclude that you have higher cholesterol levels and higher blood sugar. That situation will be caused by the drugs.
As Dr. Dean concluded, at some patients the uncontrolled cholesterol is caused if there is a reduced level of magnesium in the body. Magnesium is responsible for the balance of enzyme which creates cholesterol.
She adds that the magnesium-balanced enzymes can be killed by statin drugs. At most cases, diabetics suffer from a deficiency of magnesium and they still they are supposed to take drugs to reduce the levels of magnesium.
Cipro is one of the drugs that have fluoride. This is fluoroquinolone antibiotic which contains high amount of fluoride and can cause side-effects. Many other drugs including anti-anxiety drugs, painkillers for arthritis, and certain medications for cholesterol have fluoride.
It is important to mention that Dr. Dean considers that those inflammatory effects are caused by calcium, while magnesium has anti-inflammatory benefits.
We can sum up that is recommended to make balance between calcium and magnesium intake due to the fact that excess consumption of calcium without magnesium can cause certain heart disease.