Why Magnesium is Crucial to Optimal Health

Posted by Tami Gaines on Jul 23, 2018 3:36:46 PM

Magnesium crucial to optimal health

The good book says "the simplest is the highest".  In today's world of high tech mechanical medicine and modern chemical pharmaceuticals, the simplest, most natural means of healing the body is the highest solution.  

We live in a toxic era.  Most of us are being poisoned by the chemicals in the air we breathe, the water we drink, the foods we eat, the things we touch and the medicines we take.  We need more nutritional agents to to help us detoxify our bodies and maintain our health.

MAGNESIUM THERAPY IS NUTRITIONAL MEDICINE

The Chinese symbol for Magnesium consists of the symbols for "mineral" and "beautiful" and became known to traditional healers in China as "mei", the beautiful mineral.  Its importance in both preventive healthcare and curative therapies is clearly recognized by most traditional and holistic medical communities.

Nearly 60% of the global population is Magnesium deficient.

Recent studies show that Magnesium is responsible for more than 600 enzymatic functions in the body.  Without adequate Magnesium, many of the body's vital functions cease to work.  In the emergency room, medicines have to be safe while delivering an instant life-saving burst of healing power.  Magnesium is the heavyweight champion in this regard.  The depth and scope of its application demonstrates that Magnesium is almost as important for life as the air we breathe.

Magnesium is a necessary element for all living organisms both animal and plant.  It's a key component of cells, bones, tissues and just about every physiological process in the body.   Magnesium is one of the six essential macro-minerals that comprise 99% of the body’s mineral content. 

Without the presence of magnesium in the body, energy could not be produced or used in the cells, muscles could not contract and relax, and key hormones could not be synthesized to help control vital bodily functions.

Here are just some of the health challenges that can be positively impacted by increasing Magnesium levels:

Osteoporosis

In a review of nutrition and bone health published by the American College of Nutrition, it was noted that among four unique population studies each found a positive correlation between magnesium and bone mineral density. 

Depression

Experimental and clinical data suggest an association between magnesium deficiency and depression. As early as 1996, a study by Dr. Richard Cox and Dr. Norman Shealy, neuroscientist, noted a correlation between low magnesium and rates of depression, finding 100% of 475 chronically depressed exhibited deficient magnesium in magnesium tolerance testing.

Diabetes

In January 2004, researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health reported a significant correlation between magnesium intake and risk of Type II diabetes. Their report was the result of two large scale, long term studies following over 170,000 health professionals and evaluating diet and its impact on disease: The Nurses’ Health Study and the Health Professionals’ Follow-up Study.

Hypertension

High magnesium intake has been shown to reduce the risk of developing hypertension. A study by the Harvard School of Public Health examined 30,000 male health professionals without high blood pressure. A lower risk of hypertension was associated with diets with increased magnesium and dietary fiber.

Heart Health

The Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities study similarly found that higher blood levels of magnesium were associated with lower risk of heart disease. 

Migraine Headaches

Dr. Alexander Mauskop, Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology and head of the New York Headache Center, published an expert review with his colleague Dr. Sun-Edelstein on the role of magnesium in the prevention and treatment of migraine. Their review was based on both published clinical evidence and their personal experience treating migraines at their cutting edge clinic.

Depression

Correlations between incidence of magnesium deficiency and depression have led researchers and clinicians to investigate magnesium supplementation as a potential treatment for chronic and major depression.

Diabetes

The impact of magnesium supplementation on late onset diabetes is actively under study, and a number of studies have recommended supplementation as a means of improving glucose handling in those diagnosed with diabetes mellitus.

Heart Health

A review published in the Southern Medical Journal of 15 studies on the effect of magnesium supplementation on hypertension found that 67% of studies showed a statistically significant decrease in blood pressure. 

Preeclampsia

Intravenous doses of magnesium are a standard treatment for preeclampsia, a form of pregnancy-induced hypertension. In 2002, the international Magpie Trial of 10,000 women confirmed the use of magnesium to be effective in preventing the progression of preeclampsia to eclampsia and its accompanying eclamptic seizures. Among those treated with magnesium, risk of eclampsia was reduced by 58%. 

Asthma

Magnesium has shown promise in the short-term treatment of asthma attacks. It is postulated that magnesium relaxes smooth muscles at the bronchial level in the same manner it acts on smooth vascular muscle (blood vessels), by blocking excess calcium through its influence on calcium channels across cellular membranes.

Magnesium is a safe and required dietary element, whose ability to contribute towards optimal health is explained simply by observing one of the primary causes poor health—a body functioning in deficit.

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