When it comes to magnesium, the name says it all. Magnesium is called the “Beautiful Mineral” in Chinese medicine. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, magnesium is considered vital – as important as water and air to the health of the body.
Magnesium is important – it is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body.
Your body contains just a few ounces of magnesium, but it facilitates hundreds of biochemical reactions. Some of these reactions help your body in the most essential processes, to manufacture energy and maintain cardiovascular health. In fact, the cells of a healthy heart contain 10 times the magnesium found in the bloodstream. 50 per cent to 60 per cent of magnesium in the body can be found in the hard structures of the bones and teeth.
Here are 10 important ways that the Beautiful Mineral can benefit your health:
- Relieve headaches.
- Ease muscle spasms/cramps.
- Relieve painful symptoms of fibromyalgia.
- Alleviate anxiety and depression.
- Help with autism and ADD, in some cases.
- Soothe psoriasis, acne, and eczema.
- Balance blood pressure.
- Offer relief for seizures and coronary spasms caused by deficiency.
- Support more restful sleep.
- Relax the nervous system and elevate mood.
DO YOU NEED MORE MAGNESIUM?
If you are deficient in magnesium, you are going to know it. Most people brush off typical signs of magnesium deficiency as run-of-the-mill aches and pains. You may experience tense muscles, insomnia, athlete’s foot, cramps, anxiety, and more.
A magnesium deficiency should not be taken lightly. Magnesium deficiency disrupts the balance of magnesium and other minerals in the body. A seemingly straightforward problem like magnesium deficiency can cause a “domino effect” to trigger a cascade of health issues throughout the body.
Low magnesium has been linked to a higher risk of heart problems, diabetes, asthma, osteoporosis, and high blood pressure.
Fewer than 30 per cent of adults meet the Recommended Daily Allowance of magnesium (300mg for men, 270mg for women).
If you suspect that you fall into this magnesium deficient group, diagnosing a deficiency is not that easy. If you take a blood test through your physician, results may be difficult to interpret. Magnesium deficiency may be assessed through a blood serum test. Yet only 0.3 per cent of magnesium is found in blood serum, with 1 per cent being found in the blood, making clinical blood serum tests unreliable.
Here are several quick warning signs that you can use to check for magnesium deficiency:
- Excess consumption of sugary, starchy foods – refined sugar causes the body to excrete magnesium through the kidneys.
- Regularly drinking caffeinated beverages, like coffee or tea – another factor that can cause the kidneys to release magnesium.
- Drinking more than seven alcoholic beverages a week – research confirmed magnesium deficiency in 30 per cent of alcoholics.1
- Excess stress – known to trigger magnesium deficiency.
- Common neuromuscular symptoms, like cramping, tics, and muscle spasms – often the first signs of magnesium deficiency.
It’s important to point out that adults ages 55 and older are prone to low magnesium levels. The combination of stress, aging, and disease can create the perfect storm and cause a magnesium deficit.
Even worse, older adults are less likely to intake magnesium from whole food sources, compared to younger age groups. Magnesium metabolism may also become inefficient with age – this makes it difficult for the body to absorb and retain ample magnesium.
Adults over 55 can take magnesium as a lifelong supplement. Daily magnesium supplements can prevent body storages from running low and reduce the risk of a number of chronic conditions associated with age.
HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR MAGNESIUM
Magnesium has been used as a cure-all since ancient times. Long ago, magnesium’s restorative benefits were praised in the form of Epsom salts and laxatives. In the 1600s, the first world-famous Epsom spring was discovered in England as a popular therapeutic treatment. It was used to promote internal wellness and to purify the blood. Magnesium sulphate as a salt was isolated by Nehemia Grew from such Epsom spring water in 1695.2
Nowadays, most people take magnesium tablets, yet many people still suffer from magnesium deficiency. The type and form of magnesium that you take matters.
The top sources of magnesium come from:
- The Ancient Zechstein seabed, 2km beneath the earth’s crust – ultra-pure and highly concentrated.
- Oil, gel, bath flake, and lotion formulations – more efficiently absorbed as they are applied directly to the skin and carried through the circulatory system.
The very best magnesium meets both requirements listed above. Magnesium formulated with a new combination of magnesium oil and OptiMSM, available in oil, lotion, and bath flakes.
Magnesium products that contain a patented form of MSM (OptiMSM) are known to dramatically improve absorption, according to research. Within this new formulation, magnesium is rapidly absorbed with clinical benefits for the liver, joints, skin, and immune system. Newly formulated magnesium oil improves efficacy by up to 400 per cent and does not sting when applied to the skin.
For health problems ranging from mild to severe, magnesium may hold the key to optimal health.
Magnesium oil can be applied to the body daily; magnesium lotion can refresh and rejuvenate aging skin on the face; magnesium bath flakes can be used for aches and pains in children and the elderly alike.
Don’t underestimate the power of magnesium to transform your health – a common mineral deficiency with a simple remedy.
Magnesium contributes to a reduction of tiredness and fatigue and has a role in the process of cell division. It also contributes to electrolyte balance, normal muscle function, normal energy-yielding metabolism, normal functioning of the nervous system, normal protein synthesis and normal psychological function. In addition it contributes to the maintenance
of normal teeth and normal bones. It can be found in Ancient Minerals Magnesium Oil, Magnesium Gel, Magnesium Bath Flakes and Magnesium Lotion.
1. Irwin R, Rippe J. Irwin and Rippe’s Intensive Care Medicine. Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins; 2008.
2. “Magnesium Facts and Information.” ancient- minerals.com.