We have written posts about the huge importance of vitamin D
in our lives as a feel good hormone and so much more, and we have touched on the forgotten vitamin – vitamin K
– but now the possibility of being magnesium deficient is making headlines.
In fact, vitamin D, vitamin K and magnesium are all very important co-factors in the body's ability to properly use calcium.
A comparatively modern discovery, the recognition of magnesium deficiency has only been around for some forty years when it was identified by Dr. Edmund B. Fink
of West Virginia University’s School of Medicine
as being a dangerous, common and often undetected condition and in fact, more commonly deficient in the USA diet than calcium.
Why we need magnesium
Every organ in the body, but in particular the heart, the muscles and the kidneys, needs this mineral The good news is that it reduces blood pressure naturally, it curbs diabetes, it lower the risk of heart disease and is paramount for the proper functioning of over 300 different enzymes in the body.
Although you can get magnesium from many foods, unfortunately the food produced today has lower levels because of depleted and less nutrients in the soil from modern modern farming practices. It has reached the stage when often we cannot rely on food to supply our magnesium requirements.
How magnesium absorption is affected
Even if we eat a nutritious and organic diet, there can still be a problem because taking antacids (and some other medicines for indigestion) disrupts magnesium absorption and medications including common diuretics, birth control pills, insulin, tetracycline and other antibiotics, as well as cortisone, cause the body to waste the little and precious magnesium we have.
How to ensure magnesium from your diet
There are rich sources of magnesium included in legumes, whole grains, green leafy vegetables, wheat bran, Brazil nuts, almonds, cashews, blackstrap molasses, pumpkin and squash seeds, pine nuts and black walnuts. Many herbs, spices and seaweeds also supply magnesium, such as agar seaweed, coriander, dill weed, celery seed, sage, dried mustard, basil, cocoa powder, fennel seed, savory, cumin seed, tarragon, marjoram and poppy seed. Magnesium is also present in peanuts, oat flour, beet greens, spinach, pistachio nuts, oatmeal, bananas, and the skins of baked potatoes.
Plenty of scope there for ensuring some extra magnesium from your diet.
Magnesium can dramatically improve your health
Anyone who suffers such conditions as anxiety and panic attacks, asthma, constipation
, depression, diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity
will find magnesium can really improve their situation.
Magnesium is essential to heart health because as a natural calcium channel blocker, it is an effective treatment for heart attacks and cardiac arrhythmias. Many research studies have pointed out the effectiveness of IV magnesium in helping prevent cardiac damage, and even death, following a heart attack.
If supplementation is necessary?
If you are interested in adding a magnesium supplement to your daily diet, magnesium malate and magnesium citrate are good choices. The former is particularly recommended for anyone with fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity. Magnesium malate combines magnesium with malic acid, a weak organic acid found in vegetables and fruit, especially apples. The weak bond with magnesium makes it readily soluble in the body. Malic acid is a key component of several energy making chemical reactions in the body. Researchers have used magnesium malate successfully to treat the chronic fatigue, pain and insomnia of fibromyalgia.
Magnesium citrate is probably the mostly widely used magnesium supplement because it is inexpensive, easily absorbed and only has a mild laxative effect. The best form is magnesium citrate powder mixed in water that can be taken everyday.
If you are one of those people who have suffered for some time from niggling everyday symptoms that cannot be explained, perhaps magnesium deficiency is the missing link and improving your diet or adding a supplement could rectify the situation?