Did you know that, according to statistics, the majority of those in developed countries are deficient in magnesium? This vital mineral is needed by every cell in the body and is particularly needed by the heart, the kidneys and the muscles. Magnesium is responsible for over 300 enzyme reactions in the body. It is necessary for the synthesis of proteins, along with the utilisation of fats and carbohydrates and the production of energy.
In fact, a serious deficiency of this important mineral ‘commonly occurs in critical illness and correlates with a higher mortality and worse clinical outcome in the intensive care unit.’ 1 Magnesium is found primarily in green, leafy vegetables; whole grains; nuts and seeds, but the magnesium content in these foods has almost halved over the past 60 years. This is proof if ever it was needed that we should be eating our greens and also considering supplementation. Just think, millions of people who are being given expensive drugs for chronic illnesses could be helped to regain their health naturally through magnesium supplementation.
The symptoms of magnesium deficiency can include the following:
- Agitation and anxiety
- Restless leg syndrome (RLS)
- Loss of appetite
- Abnormal heart rhythms
- Low blood pressure
- Muscle cramps, spasm and weakness
ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION
Stress, anxiety and depression are very much on the increase in today’s world, but rather than turning to tranquilizers or anti-depressants, perhaps we should be looking to supplement our diets that may be lacking in magnesium. Research has suggested that magnesium may help with anxiety through its influence on the hypothalamic-pituitary adrenal (HPA) axis. A study which compared the effects of magnesium with an anti-depressant drug was highly effective in treating depression and as effective as medication. And a series of case studies demonstrated that supplementation with magnesium led to a rapid recovery from major depression?
Low levels of magnesium have been associated with people who have type 2 diabetes. In one study, published in the journal Diabetes Care in 2006, researchers found ‘a significant inverse association between magnesium intake and diabetes risk,’ leading them to support increased consumption of sources of magnesium. 3 Insulin function is dependent on magnesium as the mineral is responsible for the activation of insulin receptors and for the stimulation of proteins and substrates involved in insulin signalling.
Magnesium is essential to the health of our hearts. It helps to maintain a normal heart rhythm and is sometimes given intravenously in hospitals to reduce the chance of atrial fibrillation and cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat). One particular study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that higher plasma concentrations and dietary magnesium intakes were associated with lower risks of SCD (sudden cardiac death’ in women.)4
Another study, again published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, in 2013, found that ‘circulating and dietary magnesium are inversely associated’ with the risk of cardiovascular disease, leading the researchers to call for further clinical trials to ‘evaluate the potential role of magnesium in the prevention of CVD and IHD (ischemic heart disease).’ 5
The best way to take magnesium is to apply it to the skin through use of an oil or gel. Dr Norman Shealy, one of the world’s leading experts in pain management, carried out a trial to determine whether or not magnesium could be absorbed through the skin. The trial participants applied magnesium to their skin each day for a month and had their magnesium levels tested before and after the trial. The results showed that 12 of the 16 participants had ‘significant improvements in intracellular magnesium levels’ after just four weeks of applying the magnesium oil. 6
So, in conclusion, there are many health conditions which can benefit from the vital mineral magnesium, making the need to supplement with it more important than ever.
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- Tong G. M. andRude K. (2005) Magnesium deficiency in critical illness. J Intensive Care Med.20 (1) pp. 3-17.
- Eby, G. A. and Eby K (2006) Rapid recoveryfrom majordepression using magnesium treatment Med Hypotheses. 67(2) pp. 362-70.
- Larsson, S. C and Wolk, A. (2007) Magnesium intake and risk of Type 2 diabetes: a meta-analysis J. Intern Med, 262 (2) pp. 208—14
- Chiuve, S. E. Korngold E. C, Januzzi Ire J. Gantzer, M. L and Albert C M. (2011) Plasma and Dietary Magnesium and Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death in Women. The American Journo! of Clinical Nutrition 93 (2) pp. 253-60.
- Del Gobbo, L C Imamura, Wut J. H. Y, de Oliveira Otto, M C.. Chiuve S E. and Mozaffa D (2013) Circulating and Dietary Magnesium and Risk of Cardiovascular Disease A Systematic Renew and MetaAnalysis of Prospective Studies. Am J Clin Nutr. 98 (1) pp. 160-173.
- Sheaty N. life Beyond 100: Secrets of the Fountain of Youth. Tarcher; 2006.