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Meet the Most Powerful Relaxation Mineral

As an overview to the huge benefits of magnesium and a story not unlike many, including mine, this great article from hypothyroidmum.com is a great resource, please enjoy.

Discovering that I was severely deficient in magnesium turned out to be life-changing for me. For years I struggled with chronic constipation, nervousness, anxiety, headaches, persistent eyelid twitches, blurry vision at times, recurring bladder infections, kidney stones, frequent urination, sensitivity to bright lights and loud noises, tension in the upper back, shoulders, and neck, physical and mental fatigue, PMS, menstrual cramps, and the peculiar feeling that I couldn’t take a deep breath accompanied with frequent sighing. Then came the first time I was shaving my legs in the shower and I couldn’t feel my legs. The numbness and tingling scared me and I rushed to the doctor who had no answer for my questions.

It was thanks to a great new doctor who tested my RBC (red blood cell) magnesium that I discovered my serious magnesium deficiency and all the symptoms made sense. If your doctor won’t test your magnesium, order your own lab testing. Supplementing with this magnesium glycinate every night before bed has completely eliminated these symptoms and has helped me have better sleep on top of it all.

Written by Mark Hyman, MD, Medical Director at Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Functional Medicine

A DEFICIENCY IN THIS CRITICAL nutrient makes you twice as likely to die as other people, according to a study published in The Journal of Intensive Care Medicine.[1] It also accounts for a long list of symptoms and diseases — which are easily helped and often cured by adding this nutrient. In fact, in my practice, this nutrient is one of my secret weapons against illness. Yet up to half of Americans are deficient in this nutrient and don’t know it.

I’m talking about magnesium.

It is an antidote to stress, the most powerful relaxation mineral available, and it can help improve your sleep.

I find it very funny that more doctors aren’t clued in to the benefits of magnesium, because we use it all the time in conventional medicine. But we never stop to think about why or how important it is to our general health or why it helps our bodies function better.

I remember using magnesium when I worked in the emergency room. It was a critical “medication” on the crash cart. If someone was dying of a life-threatening arrhythmia (or irregular heart beat), we used intravenous magnesium. If someone was constipated or needed to prepare for colonoscopy, we gave them milk of magnesia or a green bottle of liquid magnesium citrate, which emptied their bowels. If pregnant women came in with pre-term labor, or high blood pressure of pregnancy (pre-eclampsia) or seizures, we gave them continuous high doses of intravenous magnesium.

But you don’t have to be in the hospital to benefit from getting more magnesium. You can start taking regular magnesium supplementation today and see results.

The Relaxation Mineral

Think of magnesium as the relaxation mineral. Anything that is tight, irritable, crampy, and stiff — whether it is a body part or an even a mood — is a sign of magnesium deficiency.

This critical mineral is actually responsible for over 300 enzyme reactions and is found in all of your tissues — but mainly in your bones, muscles, and brain. You must have it for your cells to make energy, for many different chemical pumps to work, to stabilize membranes, and to help muscles relax.

When was the last time you had a good dose of seaweed, nuts, greens, and beans? If you are like most Americans, your nut consumption mostly comes from peanut butter.

That is why the list of conditions that are found related to magnesium deficiency is so long. In fact, there are over 3,500 medical references on magnesium deficiency!

Even so, this mineral is mostly ignored because it is not a drug, even though it is MORE powerful than drugs in many cases. That’s why we use it in the hospital for life-threatening and emergency situations like seizures and heart failure.

You might be magnesium deficient if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Muscle cramps
  • Muscle twitches
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Sensitivity to loud noises
  • Anxiety
  • Autism
  • ADD
  • Palpitations
  • Angina
  • Constipation
  • Anal spasms
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Restless Legs Syndrome
  • Asthma
  • Kidney stones
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Osteoporosis
  • High blood pressure
  • PMS
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Irritable bladder
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Reflux
  • Trouble swallowing

Magnesium deficiency has even has been linked to inflammation in the body and higher CRP levels, considered the best new test to predict heart disease.

In our society, magnesium deficiency is a huge problem. By conservative standards of measurement (blood, or serum, magnesium levels), 65 percent of people admitted to the intensive care unit — and about 15 percent of the general population — have magnesium deficiency.

But this seriously underestimates the problem, because a serum magnesium level is the LEAST sensitive way to detect a drop in your total body magnesium level. So rates of magnesium deficiency could be even higher!

The reason we are so deficient is simple: Many of us eat a diet that contains practically no magnesium — a highly-processed, refined diet that is based mostly on white flour, meat, and dairy (all of which have no magnesium).

When was the last time you had a good dose of sea vegetables (seaweed), nuts, greens, and beans? If you are like most Americans, your nut consumption mostly comes from peanut butter, and mostly in chocolate peanut butter cups.

Much of modern life conspires to help us lose what little magnesium we do get in our diet. Magnesium levels are decreased by excess alcohol, salt, coffee, phosphoric acid in colas, profuse sweating, prolonged or intense stress, chronic diarrhea, excessive menstruation, diuretics (water pills), antibiotics and other drugs, and some intestinal parasites. In fact, in one study in Kosovo, people under chronic war stress lost large amounts of magnesium in their urine.

This is all further complicated by the fact that magnesium is often poorly absorbed and easily lost from our bodies. To properly absorb magnesium we need a lot of it in our diet, plus enough vitamin B6, vitamin D, and selenium to get the job done.

A recent scientific review of magnesium concluded, “It is highly regrettable that the deficiency of such an inexpensive, low-toxicity nutrient results in diseases that cause incalculable suffering and expense throughout the world.” [2] I couldn’t’ have said it better myself.

It is difficult to measure and hard to study, but magnesium deficiency accounts for untold suffering — and is simple to correct. So if you suffer from any of the symptoms I mentioned or have any of the diseases I noted, don’t worry — it is an easy fix!! Here’s how.

Stop Draining Your Body of Magnesium

  • Limit coffee, colas, salt, sugar, and alcohol
  • Learn how to practice active relaxation
  • Check with your doctor if your medication is causing magnesium loss (many high blood pressure drugs or diuretics cause loss of magnesium)

Eat Foods High in Magnesium

Include the following in your diet as often as you can:

Kelp, wheat bran, wheat germ, almonds, cashews, buckwheat, brazil nuts, dulse, filberts, millet, pecans, walnuts, rye, tofu, soy beans, brown rice, figs, dates, collard greens, shrimp, avocado, parsley, beans, barley, dandelion greens, and garlic

Take Magnesium Supplements

  • The RDA (the minimum amount needed) for magnesium is about 300 mg a day. Most of us get far less than 200 mg.
  • Some may need much more depending on their condition.
  • Most people benefit from 400 to 1,000 mg a day.
  • The most absorbable forms are magnesium citrate, glycinate, taurate, or aspartate, although magnesium bound to Kreb cycle chelates (malate, succinate, fumarate) are also good.
  • Avoid magnesium carbonate, sulfate, gluconate, and oxide. They are poorly absorbed (and the cheapest and most common forms found in supplements).
  • Side effects from too much magnesium include diarrhea, which can be avoided if you switch to magnesium glycinate.
  • Most minerals are best taken as a team with other minerals in a multi-mineral formula.
  • Taking a hot bath with Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) is a good way to absorb and get much needed magnesium.

People with kidney disease or severe heart disease should take magnesium only under a doctor’s supervision.

So if you’re coping with the symptoms here, relax! Magnesium is truly a miracle mineral. It is essential for lifelong vibrant health.

We’re mad for magnesium & you should be too

My own story with magnesium is a personal journey and I have found that this in not uncommon. Virtually everyone I know discovered the benefits of this miracle mineral by a recommendation from a friend, typically greeted it with some skepticism. eb3As nurse my own skepticism meter was reading danger levels. Modern nurse practice is science based, ‘show me the evidence’ is the first question we ask when introduced to any new treatment or drug.
Evidence in such cases must pass the very sensitive sniff test too, it can’t be a poorly written article from a blogger sat in their underwear hoping to make 10 cents by driving traffic to a product page or a click bait headline with an outrageous claim being made with the same motive, not good enough, I want to know the real science, the proper studies not funded by people with a vested interest but by professionals in the field, those with skin in the game, doctors and nurses and pharmacists with reputations to be lost if they promote something of dubious value.

Sure my experience with magnesium for my pain after an accident had me half way there but I wanted to know how much of this effect was a placebo effect and how much of my own improvement was actually down to the magnesium.

Like so many times before I ‘Used The Google’ to find out more. I got the usual mix of clearly commercial sites trying to sell me stuff magnesium related, including hilariously magnesium tablets, why hilariously? Well it’s a laxative if taken orally and simply isn’t ingested effectively, up to 95% is lost in the gut! But with determination and persistence I finally got to the sort of stuff I was looking for, real, evidence based studies from credible and independent sources from people with reputations to lose. That’s the very stuff and it’s the information I use to write this blog and when trying to convince friends and other medical professionals to try it for themselves and patients alike.

Because it’s so vital for many bodily functions, the symptoms of it’s deficiency manifest in many different ways, from insomnia, cramps, joint pain, menstrual cravings and cramping, restless legs and many more. This diversity of symptoms can seem like a stretch if you are trying to help someone but when you understand the many roles of magnesium it becomes very clear and easy to see the connections. I have earned the gratitude of so many people who have tried it on my recommendation, as a nurse you can understand how good that feels.

That’s why I’m mad about magnesium and I hope you will be too. If this blog gets half a dozen people the help they need and then they recommend it to others then that’s even better as it magnifies the effect and helps dozens and eventually hundreds more.

Footnote: The most frequent question I am asked is if there’s a brand I recommend. There is, I use an Australian product from Amazing Oils as this is the brand I was given when I first found out about it. It’s a bit of pain in the arse as I don’t live in the country it’s made but they deliver within a week to where I live. I like the company and the people and they only make transdermal magnesium and don’t lie to people by selling the tablet form for the reasons I mentioned above. Yes I have tried other brands, no they didn’t work as well for me.

How much Magnesium do you need?

How much is too much? What is not enough? Many of you are asking about testing your Magnesium levels. Normal blood tests can be ineffective due to the amount of Magnesium in your blood being generally less than 1%. Add to this the fact that your levels (in the blood) can go up and down dramatically within an hour. There are certain tests such as hair analysis and red blood cell RBC testing which will give a clear reading of your previous Magnesium levels.

Overall though, we feel it may be best to use common sense and your own symptomatic gauge. By that I mean keep an awareness of any symptoms that may point to a deficiency in your Magnesium levels. Again, these symptoms can change from day to day, but it will give you a sense of what works for you and additionally will provide you with an increased awareness of your own body and mind. Do remember that it is almost impossible to overdose through the skin (although I will write about that rare possibility of Hyper-magnesia later.)

I bathe in the magnesium flakes 2 times a week which keeps my body well topped-up.

If I bathe less then I use the spray on my feet at night before sleep.

I know, it seems like almost everything is Magnesium related. It may well be the case. One great aspect of using the Amazing Oils is that you do not have to wait for weeks to see if it improves any of the above problems. You can rub some into your skin and know the answer quickly. If the symptom persists then at least you will know that it is not a simple dropping of your Magnesium levels and that it might be time to visit the doc. Coffee, sugar, alcohol and exercise can all lessen magnesium uptake in your body. I am not trying to be a killjoy, but if you do overindulge now and again, be aware and give yourself some extra Magnesium spray to counteract the effects and raise your levels again.

As you may already know, oral supplementation can be inefficient when compared to trans-dermal (topical) application. Using oral supplements which contain magnesium oxide means absorption can be as low as 4%! That’s 96% wastage!

Magnesium Stops Heart Disease

Magnesium for heart disease prevention

Heart disease claims the lives of nearly 600,000 Americans every year, that’s one every 40 seconds. Let that sink in.

We all know that taking low dose aspirin is something that everyone over the 55 should already be doing, especially if they have already had a stroke or heart attack. However in a new book by one of Americas
leading cardiologists confirms something that we at Magnesium Guru have known and been talking about for a while.

In book, “Magnificent Magnesium,” Dr. Goodman documents the strong link between cardiovascular disease and magnesium deficiency — and explains how the mineral helps combat the nation’s epidemic of heart problems.

Dr Goodman states “What I truly believe is that low magnesium is one of those very very important risk factors and unfortunately there’s not enough attention paid to that,”and he continues “And I think there are so many people out there who have this risk factor and they’re not aware of it and it contributes to the high incidence of heart disease.”

Dr. Goodman who is a clinical associate professor at the Leon H. Charney Division of Cardiology at New York University and director of integrative medicine at New York Medical Associates — notes most Americans are aware of the heart-healthy benefits of aspirin, exercise, a nutritious diet, and stress management, yet few understand the benefits of magnesium. This lack of awareness continues despite the “tens of thousands of articles written” that have documented the connection between cardiovascular disease and low levels of the mineral in the blood.

“It’s very hard to understand why so many people don’t know about it. But what we do know [is] the people with the lowest levels of magnesium have increased risk for cardiovascular disease and all sorts of other things, too,” he says.

Perhaps something that we at Magnesium Guru know only too well, that big pharma don’t want anyone to know might be the cause of this.

Dr Goodman believes as we do that magnesium does not garner as much media attention — or advertising — as blockbuster heart pills and cholesterol-lowering statins because the big pharma companies don’t have a financial stake in promoting its use.

“It’s not a prescription drug, it’s not something [where] the doctor writes a script,” he notes. “And therefore there’s no big drug company … going to go out and educate the public [about magnesium] In fact most people are not hearing about it. … and I think it’s a shame.”

The science remains convincing.

A 2011 study published in the America Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2011, for instance, found a 40 percent greater risk of sudden cardiac death among women with low levels of magnesium, compared to those with the highest concentrations. The study involved 88,000 nurses whose health histories were tracked for 26 years.

“For me that’s very very very impressive,” Dr. Goodman says of the study’s findings. “And it makes you realize that magnesium … is extremely important for cardiovascular health.”

We at Magnesium Guru and our readers also know that federal studies show as many as three out of four Americans are magnesium deficient, in part because they don’t eat Mediterranean-style diets high in foods that contain the mineral — such as green leafy vegetables, avocado, halibut, tuna, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and almonds.

“How many people are eating that stuff? Most people [are] not,” he observes. “So that’s one problem, you’ve got people not eating that kind of Mediterranean diet. And No. 2: The soil is deficient in magnesium. So even if you are eating that [kind of diet] you are not getting good magnesium in these vegetables so most people are deficient. And I think one of the problems is that people don’t know.”

Dr. Goodman’s own practice has confirmed what the federal studies have been saying for a long time, through blood testing Dr Goodman’s practice found that about 75 percent of his patients are magnesium deficient and report such common symptoms as fatigue, muscle aches, cramps, palpitations, headaches, and gastrointestinal problems (such as constipation).

“Most people put it down to all sorts of other things… but in fact magnesium deficiency causes a lot of these symptoms,” he says.

He adds that patients who follow his recommendation to boost their levels of the mineral — through diet and supplements — “feel better within weeks.”

Dr. Goodman argues that magnesium deficiency should be treated as aggressively as other well-accepted cardiovascular risk factors — such as high blood pressure, high LDL “bad” cholesterol, low HDL “good” cholesterol, smoking, diabetes, obesity, and stress.

“One of the big things we know today is that inflammation is a major cause of serious diseases like heart attack and stroke. We’ve shown that low magnesium causes increased inflammation,” he notes.

“Taking steps to understand and address your heart-disease risks is critically important, even if you do not have any symptoms of cardiovascular problem, he adds, pointing out that studies show about half of the people who die from a heart attack die without warning.

“In fact, [for] half the people who die of a heart attack, it’s their first and last symptom, and that’s very scary,” he notes. “You need to look at what are your risk factors, what are the things that put you at risk?”

At Magnesium Guru we recommend that you do improve your diet with the suggested foods because they’re yummy however we are also busy people and know it’s not always convenient or practical to do that, that’s one of the reasons why we recommend you take supplements and you take them transdermally (via the skin). The trasndermal method is far superior to taking oral supplements because magnesium is a laxative when ingested and that means the magnesium does not stay in the gut long enough to be effective. The brand we love the most is from an Aussie company called Amazing Oils.

 

 

CNN’s Dr Goodman "the mineral you may be missing"

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Magnesium is an essential mineral that is critical to multiple vital functions of the body, yet it’s one that many of us overlook. In fact, some estimates suggest more than 80 percent of Americans aren’t getting enough.

Magnesium helps to maintain normal muscle and nerve function, as well as normal heart rhythm. It reduces inflammation, helps boost your immune system, regulates blood sugar and is needed for more than 350 biochemical reactions in the body. Together with vitamin D, magnesium also plays a key role in preventing osteoporosis.

Magnesium deficiency has been associated with many chronic illnesses including atherosclerosis, heart attack and stroke, hypertension, obesity, metabolic syndrome and diabetes mellitus, asthma, migraine headaches, anxiety and depression.

Common symptoms of magnesium deficiency are fatigue, muscle cramps, palpitations, headaches, insomnia and anxiety.

The human body does not make magnesium and it relies on dietary intake to maintain adequate levels. It can be found in dark green leafy vegetables like broccoli, spinach and Swiss chard. Nuts and seeds like almonds, cashews, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds will also help add more magnesium to your diet, as well as certain fish like halibut and mackerel. Some dairy products like Greek yogurt can give you 19 milligrams of the mineral in one container.

I regularly check RBC magnesium levels on all my patients and I have found the vast majority to be deficient. In addition to recommending increased magnesium intake through diet, I often suggest a magnesium supplement that can be taken either orally or through the skin.

I recommend patients find a magnesium supplement that ends in “ate,” for example magnesium citrate, magnesium glycinate, magnesium threonate and magnesium malate. My personal favorite is magnesium dimalate (JIGSAW), because it has a slow release technology which means better absorption and few, if any, untoward side effects like loose stool or diarrhea.

Magnesium is generally very well-tolerated, inexpensive and safe for healthy patients. However, those with kidney failure should consult their doctor before beginning to take any supplements. To maintain healthy levels of magnesium, I recommend patients begin taking 3 mg per pound doses. For men and women who may be under severe stress, I recommend they increase the dose to 5 mg per pound. The average dose for female patients is 400 mg per day, while the average male patient takes 500 mg per day.

Another excellent way to supplement is to take a bath with one cup of Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) once or twice per week. This is very helpful for muscle cramps and helps to relieve anxiety.

Hundreds of my patients have seen improvements in their health after increasing their magnesium level intake. I’ve seen remarkable results with the disappearance of many symptoms like muscle cramps, palpitations, headaches, insomnia and anxiety. Magnesium supplementation has also helped my patients to lower their blood pressure and avoid or reduce blood pressure medication.

Increasing your dietary intake of magnesium and taking a regular magnesium supplement will lower your risk of some of the biggest killers of adults, like heart attack and stroke. It can improve the quality of your life and will most likely lengthen it as well.