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    Top 7 Benefits of Magnesium

    Top 7 Benefits of Magnesium

    Magnesium is intimately involved in over 600 reactions in the body including the metabolism of food, the transmission of nerve impulses, the synthesis of fatty acids and proteins, muscle movements, gene maintenance and protein formation.

    It is one of seven essential macrominerals that must be consumed daily in large amounts — 100 milligrams or more. We store about 25 grams of magnesium in our body with more than 50 percent of this being stored in the skeletal system. The rest goes in the muscles, soft tissues and bodily fluids.

    Unfortunately, studies note that about 50 percent of the people in the United States and Europe get far less than the recommended amount of magnesium. It is important to know that magnesium levels in soil are lower than they used to be. Plus, the use of chemicals such as fluoride and chlorine in water make magnesium less available. In addition, daily use of sugar and caffeine also deplete magnesium supplies within the body. In addition, if you live a high-stress life, it is likely that you are magnesium deficient.

    A magnesium deficiency can lead to a range of chronic health issues. Just to name a few: calcium deficiency, poor heart health, weakness, anxiety and high blood pressure. You can also add type 2 diabetes, respiratory issues, fatigue, poor memory and confusion to the list.

    Health benefits of magnesium
    Here is just a sneak peek at some of the amazing benefits of this tiny macromineral and why it is so important to be sure you are getting enough of it.

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    They forgot that it burns under water.

    That can be a big benefit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by acptulsa View Post
    They forgot that it burns under water.

    That can be a big benefit.
    Works good as a laxative too. That could burn you as well- though in a different way.
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    Donnay, You must be independently wealthy. If I accumulated and used every vitamin or extract that you have recommended over the years I would have no money. Vitamin C, Calcium, D, Magnesium........ Then for every issue use elderberry extract or xyz or this or that. Then it is wise to note that all vitamins are not the same. Don't take generic store brand because your body cannot absorb them??

    Please take this opportunity to compile a list of every vitamin/nutrient that we should take each day along with a list of extracts that we should have on hand for that occasion that it is necessary. Also tell us the way to get that vitamin/nutrient so our body can absorb it. Please start a new thread like your bible verse of the day so health conscious people can refer to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schifference View Post
    Donnay, You must be independently wealthy. If I accumulated and used every vitamin or extract that you have recommended over the years I would have no money. Vitamin C, Calcium, D, Magnesium........ Then for every issue use elderberry extract or xyz or this or that. Then it is wise to note that all vitamins are not the same. Don't take generic store brand because your body cannot absorb them??

    Please take this opportunity to compile a list of every vitamin/nutrient that we should take each day along with a list of extracts that we should have on hand for that occasion that it is necessary. Also tell us the way to get that vitamin/nutrient so our body can absorb it. Please start a new thread like your bible verse of the day so health conscious people can refer to it.
    Well when you measure independent wealth that is subjective, my wealth is knowledge. I never want to stop learning, so I research a lot to gain that knowledge. However, by keeping that knowledge to myself, IMHO, is pretty selfish. I also realize that there is no "one-size-fits-all" approach to anything. That is why I post these findings so that people can gain some knowledge by it, and possibly find that, something as simply as magnesium can help them.
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    13 Signs You Are Magnesium Deficient… & How To Fix It

    by Susan Patterson

    Magnesium is by far the most important nutrient in the body and has a vital role to play in health. According to American neurosurgeon and pain medicine pioneer, Norman Healy, MD, Ph.D., every illness is somehow associated with a magnesium deficiency, and it is the missing cure to many diseases.

    Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body and is found in the teeth, red blood cells and bones.

    Magnesium helps regulate potassium, sodium and calcium, and it is necessary for cellular health and over 300 biochemical functions. The most powerful antioxidant in your body, glutathione, requires magnesium for synthesis. Sadly, many people are unaware of the role of magnesium and the fact that they may well be deficient.

    Symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency
    The human body is constantly seeking balance. It will do what is necessary to bring about internal balance, which is its job. To reach homeostasis, the body will send up red flags, flares if you will, that are not to be ignored. If you just push off these warning flags, your body will go into a deep spiral that will result in disease and poor overall health.

    Could you be deficient in magnesium? See how many of these are true of you.

    Migraine Headaches
    Millions of people suffer from migraine headaches and are not even sure why they suffer. Magnesium is necessary for balancing neurotransmitters in the body. Studies have shown that 360-600 milligrams of magnesium daily reduced the frequency of migraine headaches by up to 42 percent.

    Leg Cramps
    Over seventy percent of adults and many children experience leg cramps with regularity. If you have ever suffered from leg cramps you know just how painful they can be – even debilitating. Magnesium is vital in the control of neuromuscular signals and muscle contraction. Magnesium deficiency can lead to leg cramps and those who eat magnesium-rich foods or take a supplement, generally find relief from these cramps. Persons who suffer from both restless leg syndrome and leg cramps are often prescribed magnesium and potassium together to alleviate these conditions.

    Insomnia
    Do you often have trouble falling or staying asleep or suffer from frequent anxiety, hyperactivity or restlessness? If so, you may be lacking in magnesium. Magnesium is critical in something known as GABA function that is known to bring about feelings of relaxation and calmness. Adding magnesium-rich food to your diet – especially your dinner meals is important for sleep and relaxation. A magnesium supplement is also useful in getting a good night’s sleep.

    High Blood Pressure
    Statistics tell us that over 70 million Americans suffer from high blood pressure – a precursor to heart disease and stroke. Magnesium, coupled with potassium help to keep the heart healthy and blood pressure balanced. When the body is deficient in magnesium, calcium is usually low as well.

    A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that a diet high in magnesium-rich foods can reduce the risk of a stroke by 8 percent.

    Type 2 Diabetes
    Diabetes is a remarkably serious condition that is on the rise in America, even among our youth. People who have diabetes are at a great risk of developing a number of health complications including heart disease, kidney failure, vision loss, amputation of toes, feet or legs and even premature death. About ninety to ninety-five percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes are type 2, also known as lifestyle diabetes.

    The good news is that, type 2 diabetes can be easily managed and even reversed through lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise. Researchers have also found that many people who have type 2 diabetes have low magnesium levels.

    Diets that are rich in magnesium have been shown to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. This is due to the role that magnesium plays in the metabolism of sugar. One study demonstrated that the addition of just 100 milligrams of magnesium daily lowered the risk of diabetes by 15 percent.

    Fatigue
    Are you often tired and feel like you are running on your last cylinder? Perhaps you have a busy life, and you just put your fatigue off on this. However, low energy, weakness, and fatigue, can be the result of a magnesium deficiency. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, 300- 1,000 milligrams of magnesium per day can help with energy levels.

    Muscle Pain/Fibromyalgia
    Fibromyalgia is a complicated condition that is marked by pain, fatigue, sleep problems and tender joints. Over 5.8 million Americans over the age of 8 are thought to suffer from fibromyalgia and between 80 and 90 percent of these people are women. According to a study that was published in Magnesium Research, magnesium consumption can reduce pain and tenderness fund in this condition and also improve blood markers.

    Also, a lack of magnesium may promote the following:
    cavities
    impotence
    bacterial and fungal infections
    kidney and liver damage
    mood swings
    increased symptoms of PMS

    Increased Risk Of Magnesium Deficiency Are Found In These Groups…
    Some people do a better job of assimilating magnesium than others. You can even inherit an inability to absorb magnesium.

    There are four groups of people that are at a greater risk than other for developing a magnesium deficiency. These include:

    People with type 2 diabetes – Diabetics tend to have increased urination that makes it difficult to absorb magnesium. Changing to a whole food diet, limiting sugar, fast and processed foods can help tremendously with magnesium retention.

    People who have digestive disorders – Digestive disorders such as Chron’s disease and celiac disease tend to impair magnesium absorption.

    People with alcohol problems – Alcohol is an “anti-nutrient” that sucks the nutrients or your cells and does not allow you to absorb vitamins and minerals from your food. Regular, recreational alcohol use can cause a problem as well. If you consume more than 2 glasses of wine per week it can be hard on your liver and leave you lacking in minerals because it causes dehydration, an imbalance in gut bacteria, immune system compromise, disrupted sleep and premature aging.

    Aging people – As we age magnesium levels drop and many elderly people don’t eat as much magnesium-rich food as they did when they were younger.

    People who take a lot of antibiotics – Taking a lot of antibiotics can damage the digestive tract and make it more difficult for magnesium found in foods to be absorbed.

    Magnesium Levels in Food are Decreasing
    Even if you eat a totally healthy diet, get plenty of exercise, don’t drink too much and are in apparently great health, does not guarantee that your magnesium levels are where they should be.

    Most of this is because magnesium levels in our food supply have been on the decrease for many years. We don’t feed the soil like we used to . Back in the day, farmers would allow the soil to rest by harvesting crops six years on and one year off. This would give the land time to heal and regenerate – resulting in higher amounts of nutrients.

    Research indicates that there has been a marked decline in the amount of nutrients. Not to mention the fact that we are growing fewer heirloom plants, using increased amounts of pesticides and introducing GMO’s into our diet.

    What Foods Are High in Magnesium?
    Regardless, we should still try to eat as many foods that are high in magnesium as possible. These include the following:

    Almonds
    Sesame seeds
    Sunflower seeds
    Cashews
    Tofu
    Pumpkin seeds
    Spinach
    Black Beans
    Mung Beans
    Bananas
    Flaxseed
    Potatoes
    Oatmeal
    Broccoli
    Peas
    Sweet Corn

    How Much Magnesium Do I Need?
    The National Institutes of Health (NIH), suggests the recommended dietary allowance for adult males is approximately 400 mg, 320 mg for adult females and 350-400 mg for pregnant females. According to alternative health practitioner Dr. Weil, people should take half as much magnesium as calcium

    What About Supplements
    If you feel that you need a magnesium supplement, it is always best to speak to your health care provider. Here are some of the types of supplements that my be suggested:

    Magnesium Chelate – The magnesium in this supplement is easily absorbed and is the type that is found in many foods. Try this Doctor’s Best High Absorption Chelated Magnesium.

    Magnesium Chloride Oil – This type of magnesium can be applied to the skin and is often given to people who have digestive disorders. Some athletes use magnesium oil to increase endurance and energy. It is often used to ease muscle pain, heal wounds or irritation of the skin. You can buy magnesium oil from this page on Amazon, or you can make your own at home using this recipe from Wellness Mama.

    Magnesium Citrate – This is magnesium combined with citric acid. When taken in high doses it may have a laxative effect but is often used to improve digestion and prevent constipation. You can get magnesium citrate from this page.

    Magnesium Threonate – This magnesium supplement is very easily absorbed as it can penetrate mitochondrial membranes. Although not as readily available as other kinds, it is becoming more popular and is available from here.

    Magnesium Glycinate – This is a highly absorbable form of magnesium that is recommended for anyone who has a deficiency. It is less likely than some other supplements to cause a laxative effect. You can buy magnesium glycinate from this page on Amazon.

    Measuring Magnesium
    Keep in mind: deficiency most likely won’t show up on a routine blood test. Concentrations can also be measured in urine and saliva. However, since most people are deficient and supplements are relatively safe with few side effects, some practitioners suggest taking magnesium to prevent deficiency.
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    Fluoride can cause magnesium deficiency. In our body, the negatively charged fluoride binds with positively charged magnesium, which causes magnesium deficiency.

    An estimated 80% of Americans are magnesium deficient.
    Prescription drugs can also deplete your body of magnesium.
    Early signs of magnesium deficiency include loss of appetite, headache, nausea, fatigue, and weakness.
    Magnesium deficiency can cause amongst others: osteoporosis, heart attacks and diabetes.

    Over the past 30 years, women have been told to take supplemental calcium to avoid osteoporosis, and calcium has been added to food. Osteoporosis rates have continued to climb.

    If you're K2 or magnesium deficient, adding calcium will cause more problems than it solves. Taking mega doses of vitamin D supplements without sufficient amounts of K2 and magnesium can lead to vitamin D toxicity and magnesium deficiency symptoms.

    If you have too much calcium and not enough magnesium, your muscles will tend to go into spasm. This can cause heart attacks: https://articles.mercola.com/sites/a...-benefits.aspx
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