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Magnesium, water and your heart

How many folks do you know who say they don’t want to drink anything before going to bed because they’ll have to get up during the night? Some of you may have seen contradictory articles about the benefits of drinking regular water too, some saying it’s essential and some saying that’s all nonsense. As part of what I try to do at Magnesium Guru is to clear this sort of thing up.

We need water, without it we die – there’s a statement I can stand behind confidently, Regarding all the other stuff that’s claimed and counter claimed, well here’s the facts about a few of them.

waterPeople need to urinate so much at night time gravity holds water in the lower part of your body when you are upright (legs swell). When you lie down and the lower body (legs and etc) seeks level with the kidneys, it is then that the kidneys remove the water because it is easier. That’s the first point cleared up.

We also need a the minimum amount of water to help flush the toxins out of your body, these are the things I can say about it without fear of contradiction.

Cardiologists will also contend that for heart health, when you drink water is also important.

 

2 glasses of water after waking up – helps activate internal organs
1 glass of water 30 minutes before a meal – helps digestion
1 glass of water before taking a bath – helps lower blood pressure
1 glass of water before going to bed – avoids stroke or heart attack

As many of you will already know, transdermal magnesium is about the best thing you can do to help with restless legs, however a glass of water at bed time will also help prevent night time leg cramps and support the work being done by the magnesium.

It also has a significant role related to heart health.
Dr. Carolyn Dean, a leading advocate of magnesium supplementation and author of the seminal paper “Death by Medicine” in 2003 (identifying modern medicine as a leading cause of death in the U.S.) and the book, “The Magnesium Miracle,” your heart has the highest magnesium requirement of any organ, specifically your left ventricle.

With insufficient amounts of magnesium, your heart simply cannot function properly. Hypertension (high blood pressure), cardiac arrhythmia,11 cardiovascular disease (CVD) and sudden cardiac death are all potential effects of magnesium deficiency and/or a lopsided magnesium to calcium ratio.

Most heart attacks occur in the day, generally between 6 A.M. and noon. Having one during the night, when the heart should be most at rest, means that something unusual happened. Somers and his colleagues have been working for a decade to show that sleep apnea is to blame.

1. If you take an aspirin or a baby aspirin once a day, take it at night.
The reason: Aspirin has a 24-hour “half-life”; therefore, if most heart attacks happen in the wee hours of the morning, the Aspirin would be strongest in your system.
2. FYI, Aspirin lasts a really long time in your medicine chest, for years, (when it gets old, it smells like vinegar).
Please read on…
Something that we can do to help ourselves – nice to know. Bayer is making crystal aspirin to dissolve instantly on the tongue.
They work much faster than the tablets.
Why keep Aspirin by your bedside? It’s about Heart Attacks.
There are other symptoms of a heart attack, besides the pain on the left arm. One must also be aware of an intense pain on the chin, as well as nausea and lots of sweating; however, these symptoms may also occur less frequently.
Note: There may be NO pain in the chest during a heart attack.

The majority of people (about 60%) who had a heart attack during their sleep did not wake up. However, if it occurs, the chest pain may wake you up from your deep sleep.
If that happens, immediately dissolve two aspirins in your mouth and swallow them with a bit of water.
Afterwards: – Call 911. – Phone a neighbor or a family member who lives very close by.- Say “heart attack!” – Say that you have taken 2 Aspirins.
Take a seat on a chair or sofa near the front door, and wait for their arrival and …DO NOT LIE DOWN!

So I’m pretty confident that whatever you read about the need for water the above is actually provable science. Whether you’re skeptic or one of those oh so passionate activists who want to impose an unrealistic and punishing regime of water intake where you’d have to spend half the day on the toilet to comply, take the above away as the minimum you need to know about water and magnesium and heart health.

I might return to this topic for some debunking of the other claims made.

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Magnesium and cancer, a tale from the good earth

In several studies regarding cancer rates around the world, it was found that Egypt has cancer rates at 10% of that in Europe and the USA. That’s right, they have 89% less cancer. Imagine the headlines if the mainstream media actually cared enough to do some more lateral thinking on this subject.

“Cancer cure found, effectively prevents 90% of all cancers….move to Egypt’

For an almost 100% cure one needs to make sure you move to the rural fellah where it’s non-existent.

The main difference was an extremely high magnesium intake of 2.5-3 g in these cancer-free populations, ten times more than in most western countries.

By the way this isn’t a new discovery. An inverse relationship between cancer prevalence and the natural magnesium content of water and of soil is reported in studies, starting more than 50 years ago.

Rural Egypt has a secret and it’s not a pyramid

A Russian report showed that stomach cancer is four times more common in the Ukraine where the magnesium content of soil and drinking water is low, than it is in Armenia where the magnesium content is more than twice as high.

Another more recent morphologic and statistical analysis of neoplastic deaths in two Polish communities disclosed a nearly three-fold higher death rate in the community with Mg-poor soil than in the one with Mg-rich soil (10%).

Leading Magnesium advocate Dr Mark Sircus states ‘Magnesium is basic to cancer treatment and its avoidance” and he continues ‘Flooding the body with magnesium increases a person’s chance of surviving cancer and living a longer pain free life.’

By flooding the body he literally means it, patients who have cancer are advised to take magnesium transdermally using sprays and high concentration magnesium baths as well as oral supplements daily and often. Unless the kidneys are compromised it’s almost impossible to overdose on magnesium.

We are not one of those dodgy clickbait health websites that hype up hope with breathless headlines promising to beat whatever disease with this weird fruit / trick or whatever. In fact we despise them. We take cancer very seriously so with that in mind…

We do not yet advocate magnesium as an alternative to established anti-cancer treatments.

We do however strongly advise that anyone already diagnosed do flood themselves with it.

We always advise everyone to keep their magnesium levels optimal at all times and the anti cancer benefits are added to all the other reasons we advocate magnesium strongly, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain, even some hope perhaps.

 

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Magnesium, Cannabis a serious double act for diabetes.

Cannabis is bizarrely still controversial, despite its ubiquitous use for recreation and medical uses in many enlightened countries, it just seems that it’s still a red rag for certain kinds of people, still a subject certain kinds of newspapers and other media to panic and become hysterical about and for certain kinds of politicians to frighten usually older people with claiming if they allow its use the world will go to hell in handcart.

It’s no coincidence that the major pharmaceutical companies rather than embrace it, universally lobby against it. Their concern isn’t your health, it’s your wallet.

One of the worlds leading advocates about magnesium is Dr Mark Sircus and he has this to say about magnesium and cannabis;


“Magnesium chloride is a potent mineral medicine, it is safe and incredibly fast-acting, as is marijuana. When magnesium is combined with cannabinoid medicine we dramatically increase the medical horsepower we are applying and can expect superior results. For many conditions, using both together will yield results much greater than when using either alone. Magnesium is the lamp of life and without it we are toast! Cannabinoids tap into communication on cellular and intracellular levels like nothing else does, orchestrating changes in people not only on physical levels but also on emotional, mental and spiritual planes of existence”

There is established medical opinion supporting the use of cannabinoid medication and transdermal magnesium chloride as a powerful alternative to traditional anti-diabetes medicine, both as an adjunct to existing treatment and also as a complete alternative to those treatments.

Inflammation plays a key role in a set of disorders that include type-2 diabetes, obesity, and heart disease—collectively called the metabolic syndrome (or Syndrome X). Dr. Steve Shoelson, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School has focused squarely on inflammation. Epidemiologists have found that patients with type-2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease have slightly elevated levels of inflammatory markers in their bloodstream.

In another report by Dr. Andrzej Mazur said, “Magnesium deficiency induces a systemic stress response by activation of neuro endocrinological pathways. Magnesium deficiency contributes to an exaggerated response to immune stress and oxidative stress is the consequence of the inflammatory response.”


Magnesium improves and helps correct insulin sensitivity, which is the fundamental defect that characterizes pre-diabetes, metabolic syndrome and even full blown diabetes and heart disease. An intracellular enzyme called tyrosine kinase requires magnesium to allow insulin to exert its blood-sugar-lowering effects. In several studies, daily oral magnesium supplementation substantially improved insulin sensitivity by 10% and reduced blood sugar by 37%.


This numbers alone will actually resolve many early stages of diabetes without resorting to conventional medicines, The Magnesium Guru believe that anyone who has been diagnosed as pre-diabetic from an A1CL (fasting) blood test should begin using transdermal magnesium immediately and test again for two months.

They should of course make the dietary changes suggested by the doctors as well, all diabetes treatment requires lifestyle change, by adding magnesium to those changes is a viable alternative to conventional medication and the associated side effects.

If it’s available in your area then medical cannabinoid medication will only enhance the benefits of transdermal magnesium.

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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.

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Magnesium & PMT / PMS

Magnesium helps PMT / PMS on all levels.

PMS / PMT is a highly personal experience, the symptoms are varied and inconsistent and how each person is affected by them is also unique. However we are no longer in the dark ages where GP’s used to write people off as being neurotic.

The physical process leading to PMS and PMT is very well understood and yes it IS your hormones but not only your hormones.

Simply put a specific area of the brain called the hypothalamus (via the pituitary gland) releases a hormone to instigate ovulation, where one egg of many thrives and develops to be implanted in the ovarian walls and if the egg is not fertilised the menstrual cycle, breaking down the wall of the ovaries and expelling the egg, and starting the process again. This is what we know as the cycle of ovulation and menstruation.

cycle

It’s like the chemical conductor of our bodies.

Many of the symptoms of PMS/PMT such as sugar cravings, restlessness, flushes and irritability can be traced directly to the
hypothalamus simply doing it’s job, playing the music of a hormonal dance between the Hypothalamus (master gland), the pituitary gland, ovaries and uterus.

Interesting
The hypothalamus is busier than a mum of triplets, it controls appetite, thirst, emotional reactions, the body clock and temperature and many daily bodily functions.
Many people believe that it’s part of our brain that has not had time to adapt to our modern lives, where many of the natural cues it used to take from the environment and nature do not exist any more. (A simple example of this theory is that the electric light means it can daytime, all the time, thus no natural cues)

The hypothalamus is highly influenced by our environment and our emotional state and acts as a major computer in our body analyzing signals from other areas of the brain as well as hormonal signals. Hence this overworked gland can be overwhelmed.
Your hypothalamus needs your magnesium levels to be optimal in order to perform it’s cellular functions properly, manufacturing the hormones and responding to changes in the hormones it monitors and responds to.

The calming effects of optimal magnesium levels also mean less stress load on the hypothalamus that is highly sensitive to and responds to moods.

Menstrual cramps are physiologically the same as other cramps and we know already from our experience and articles here how effective transdermal magnesium is for cramping, it works the same way and is equally effective applied to the area of cramping.

Transdermal magnesium Vs oral supplements

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Why taking magnesium orally doesn’t do the job

One of the things I hear most often is ‘Oh yeah I know about magnesium and it’s included in my Multi Vitamin so y’know…’
It’s really hard to not grrr when I hear this.

Magnesium taken as a tablet will have minimal impact on your magnesium levels because…get ready….

Magnesium taken orally is essentially a laxative.

I don’t know how much more clearly I can put it. Oral magnesium supplements do not stay in the gut long enough for the magnesium to be absorbed in enough amounts to make any real difference.

The transdermal (via the skin) root has been shown in clinical studies of the highest standards to do that for you, only transdermal magnesium will get you to the levels you need to deal with your symptoms and raise and sustain the levels to the right amounts for your body.

When I hear of people taking magnesium orally I often think of this video:

I am often asked which brand of magnesium I recommend for different conditions and I always answer with the one I was first given following my accident. This is an Australian brand and it’s harvested from pristine sources in the Aussie desert. I’ve tried the Chinese and the Dutch sourced ones but I didn’t feel the benefit so much, this might be psychological I know but hey, you do ask me what I use so here it is. I’d start with a big 250ml if I were you, it will last for ages. Their website has loads of good info and can be found by clicking here.

 

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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.