Magnesium is one of the most abundant minerals on the earth and very important for the human body. It is estimated that approximately 80% of the American population is deficient in this mineral. Magnesium deficiency causes many health issues that are very seldom diagnosed by medical and health authorities. Magnesium is critical for muscle and nervous system activation and intracellular energy production and is needed for effective digestion and building RNA and DNA molecules. The body uses this important mineral to neutralize inflammatory proteins and to produce key neurotransmitters such as serotonin.
Common deficiencies are caused by: Insufficient dietary sources; Pharmaceutical drugs that interfere with absorption in the body; Poor blood sugar balance that blocks uptake into the cells; Gut and intestinal issues that lead to poor absorption; and Chronic mental, emotional and physical stressors.
The 80% of people that are dealing with magnesium deficiency, is caused by our dietary habits, like eating processed foods, fast foods and highly cooked foods on a daily basis. It takes approximately 50 molecules of magnesium to metabolize one molecule of sugar. Large consumption of processed sugar leads to insulin surges and poor magnesium utilization.
Common health issues from magnesium deficiency:
-Muscle cramps and spasms; eye, facial and muscle twitching
-PMS and menstrual cramping
-Migraines and insomnia
-Constipation and stomach cramping
-Anxiety and depression
-Bad body odor
-Rapid heart beat, arrhythmias and mitral valve disorders
-High blood pressure
-Artherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)
-Calcium deposits such as osteoporosis/osteomalacia
-Chronic fatigue syndrome and attention deficit disorder
Magnesium is an essential mineral and has a powerful effect on the immune system. It is called the master mineral because it is involved in over 500 bodily functions. Magnesium deficiencies increase the risk of auto-immune and inflammatory conditions. It is important that we try and maintain a balance between magnesium and calcium because they have opposing actions in the body. When this balance is lost due to a diet causing bad or improper nutrition, we develop chronic inflammation due to the huge increase in free radicals in our system. Calcium levels are regulated by magnesium. Our American diet today supplies much more calcium than magnesium which means magnesium additional supplementation is very important.
To find quality food sources of magnesium you can access the internet and type “magnesium food sources” in the search area. You can also supplement with either a liquid or capsule/tablet form of magnesium. I use both and would look for a good quality product at a Natural Health Food store. “Shollysez!”