Magnesium – the most essential mineral

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The mineral magnesium is found in all of the body’s soft tissues, muscles and bones and plays a very important role. It is responsible for the correct function of over 300 enzymes that contribute to the health of every cell and support the work of nerves and muscles, regulates heart rate and strengthens bones. Magnesium also aids in protecting our cells from heavy metals and plays a role in hormone and nutrient distribution. And other minerals, such as zinc, calcium and potassium can’t be utilised properly without adquate magnesium.

Most are unaware that they are probably deficient in magnesium but in fact display the physical symptoms. There are many circumstances that contribute to becoming deficient including stress, the soil deficiencies our food is grown in (especially in Australia), excess sugar, blood sugar issues, leaky gut syndrome, candida, excess alcohol, junk food, antibiotics, and the list goes on. Refined sugar and alcohol both interfere with the body’s ability to absorb magnesium and cause it to be released in your urine. Studies have found that as we get older our diet tends to include less magnesium, plus the body’s ability to absorb magnesium decreases and the excretion of magnesium increases as we age. Because our body has such a need for it, if we are not getting enough of it we can easily become deficient. Even if we are slightly deficient our health will be affected in some way.

Here’s some of the things magnesium helps with:
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  • PMS/menopause
  • Heart disease
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Muscular aches and pains
  • Circulation
  • Diabetes
  • Mental confusion
  • Depression
  • Arthritis
  • Migraines and headaches
  • Nervous tension
  • IBS
  • Adrenal fatigue
  • Angina
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Muscle cramps
  • Poor sleep and insomniaAsthma
  • Fibromyalgia
  • High blood pressure
  • Digestive problems

It helps so many things, and Dr. Sandra Cabot suggests that if you have any of the above conditions these could actually be a direct symptom of a magnesium deficiency. It’s not really surprising since all our cells need it to function properly.

Given that we need it every day we probably should be taking a magnesium supplement, and it’s safe to take because your body expels any excess. If you take more magnesium than you need you may get diarrhea so reduce the dosage. The recommended daily dose is 300-400 mg but Dr. Carolyn Dean suggests twice as much may be required. Also eat foods rich in magnesium, such as raw spinach, pumpkin seeds, mackerel, green beans, chick peas, lentils, brown rice, avocado, banana and dark chocolate.

Choose a supplement that is highly bio available, meaning it has the type of magnesium that your body can absorb and utilise. One of the common types of magnesium that you may find on the shelf is magnesium oxide. Although it has the highest percentage of magnesium, the body cannot absorb it. The better absorbed forms of magnesium include magnesium amino acid chelate, magnesium phosphate, magnesium glyconate, magnesium orotate and magnesium citrate. Take magnesium at the same time as you take your other vitamins to ensure maximum absorption, especially Vitamin C, which can help the body absorb magnesium more efficiently.

For better absorption, or if you have a compromised Gastro-intestinal system, try transdermal magnesium in it’s liquid (magnesium chloride oil) or crystal (magnesium chloride flakes) form. Sprinkle 3 crystals in a litre of water to mineralise and enhance its hydrating quality. Drink 3 litres daily. The crystals can also be added to a bath or, better still, rub magnesium oil into the skin daily. The skin readily absorbs magnesium and monitors its release across the day. This is a superior way to take magnesium in to the body.

Known as magnesium sulfate, Epsom Salt has a crystalline structure that is similar in appearance to large salt granules. It can be ingested for relief of constipation, but is rapidly excreted through the kidneys and therefore difficult to assimilate into the cells. It can also be added to bath water for soaking. You can absorb magnesium through the skin, as well as certain sulfates, which helps to build brain tissue, support the joints and promote production of digestive enzymes that detoxify the body. Epsom salt may also be used to soften skin as an exfoliant, and some people use it in the garden to help their plants grow or to produce larger flowers.

Magnesium chloride is a type of salt that originates from seawater. It is often taken orally to resolve mild hypomagnesemia, or it may be given intravenously for those who have severe deficiencies. In some situations, magnesium chloride is used as an emergency medication for a heart attack.

In terms of absorption, magnesium chloride has approximately 12% available magnesium, and magnesium sulfate (Epsom salt) has 10% available magnesium.

For the purpose of detoxification the most effective form of magnesium is magnesium chloride – it has a strong excretory effect on toxins and stagnant energies stuck in the tissues of the body. Of course, one needs to drink plenty of water to properly facilitate the process.

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