The one mineral we absolutely need but typically most of us are deficient.
You can read health blogs, talk to nutritionists and soak up medical info, but I’ve found over the years that many experts will call Magnesium the most significant healing mineral we have. Because it works like stabilizer for the cells, it seems to completely relax the body as well. Whether you find magnesium in your food, take it as a supplement or soak in it in magnesium salts in your bath, the body needs it. It’s the perfect soother and relaxer after any kind of tension, be it muscular with overexercising or be it emotional stress related pain. But beware, stress, as dangerous as it is, will deplete the body of lots of minerals including magnesium. So grab those salts and soak as often as you can.
Where do we source magnesium naturally?
You could eat loads of whole grains, fruits and leafy greens to get magnesium, but like most minerals, we’d need to eat loads of that kind of food just to get enough of the mineral. Just on the subject of other minerals – let me give you an idea of just how much food you’d need to eat to get the optimal level of minerals.
300 mgs of magnesium is ideal per day, but you’d need to consume 2 cups of cooked spinach just to get that – daily!!! Who’s going to do that?
1300 mgs of Vitamin C is ideal to keep illness away, but guess how many oranges you’d need to eat to get that dose? 18 and a half!!! Nope, that’s too many and too expensive for me.
Zinc is another hugely important mineral and our food just doesn’t give us enough. Can you imagine eating 5 chicken breasts to get 20 mgs of zinc? I certainly can’t.
Thanks to an article I found with Usana Health and Science education, here’s some fabulous information about magnesium and how it helped with cardiac health in women. In a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers examined the association between magnesium, as measured in diet and plasma, and risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD). The association for magnesium intake was examined prospectively in 88,375 women who were free of disease in 1980 and part of the Nurses’ Health Study. Information on magnesium intake, other nutrients, and lifestyle… factors was updated every 2–4 years through questionnaires. In this group of women, there were 505 cases of sudden or arrhythmic death documented over 26 years of follow-up.
After making adjustments for confounding effects, the relative risk of SCD was significantly lower in women in the highest quartile of both dietary intake and plasma levels of magnesium (when compared to those in the lowest quartile). The inverse relation with SCD was stronger for plasma magnesium than dietary intake of magnesium, with each 0.25 mg/dL (one standard deviation) increment in plasma magnesium associated with a 41% lower risk of SCD.
In this study group of women, higher plasma concentrations and dietary intakes of magnesium were associated with lower risks of SCD. The researchers stated that if the observation is causal, interventions aimed at increasing dietary or plasma magnesium might lower the risk of sudden cardiac death.
Magnesium has an essential role in normal cardiac electrophysiology, and inadequate concentrations of magnesium contribute to a variety of cardiac arrhythmias, including ventricular tachycardia and fibrillation.
So the antiquated Recommended Daily Allowances for any minerals is barely the minimum needed by the body by today’s standards. Tests have proven that most people are eating even less of the required RDA’s to get the bare minimums of minerals in our diets.
But getting back to Magnesium – I love it and have felt the change in my life since taking a daily calcium/magnesium supplement. I grew up with a mother that I felt had some kind of deficiency. She worked hard, was constantly stressed, overly tired, fatigued, always sore and crampy, had constant headaches and her life changed when she started to boost her mineral intake – especially magnesium.
Are you keen to know where to buy great Magnesium oil, footsoaks and learn more about the benefits of applying it topically? Check out this site, I learned heaps here.
So do you sleep well or are you kept awake at night with an active brain? Do you grind your teeth at night? That’s another stress reaction that can end up incredibly expensive to repair broken or worn down teeth.
Take a magnesium supplement every night before bed and see how your body soothes itself.
I love the book ‘The Nutraceutical Revolution’ by Richard N Firshein. He describes the Secret of Magnesium very well…
“Magnesium might be called life’s lubricant. It’s like an hour of intercellular meditation that relaxes and expands blood vessels, stops muscles from cramping, prevents inflammation, and allows energy to be used more efficiently.”
And most of us are deficient in this vital mineral and literally all the minerals.
Blood Pressure medication?
Magnesium is a hero in many illnesses like diabetes, chronic fatigue and heart problems. In fact a recent study in the British Medical Journal of 100 middle-aged and elderly men and women found that magnesium supplements lowered blood pressure by almost 8 points.
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