Maximize Your Magnesium

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Dr. Alan Gaby, a nutrition oriented physician, said that when he first started studying nutritional supplements, Vitamin C was his top nutrient, until he began learning about magnesium, which became his top supplement, and has continued to be his choice of the most important nutritional supplement to this day.

Magnesium is the fourth most common mineral in the body, and one of the most deficient, primarily due to modern chemical agriculture and food processing. Farming soils have been depleted of magnesium, and few farmers add magnesium to soils, including organic farmers.

Magnesium is used in over 300 biochemical reactions in the body. When magnesium is insufficient, it is allocated in the body toward daily survival, depriving long term needs, such as bone health, brain health and DNA repair. Magnesium is involved in supporting nerve function, it keeps heart rhythm steady and bones strong. It helps to regulate blood sugar and blood pressure.

Magnesium is important to the health of nearly every cell in the body, especially the heart, kidneys, brain and muscles. Symptoms of deficiency can also include fatigue, abnormal heart rhythms, twitches, muscle spasms and cramps.

Magnesium deficiency increases the risk of arterial calcification. Magnesium reduces sudden cardiac death, the leading cause of death in men aged 30-60. Magnesium also has anti-inflammatory properties, lowering C-reactive protein and other inflammatory markers. Low magnesium is associated with all cardiac risk factors.

In addition to depleted soils and depleted foods, other factors cause us to lose more magnesium. Insulin resistance, the precursor to diabetes, obesity, heart disease, cancer and Alzheimers, causes us to excrete magnesium. For many people this causes high blood pressure, heartbeat issues, anxiety, depression, insomnia and constipation.

It takes twenty eight molecules of magnesium to metabolize one molecule of sucrose, which is 50 percent fructose. It takes fifty six molecules of magnesium to metabolize one molecule of fructose. Sugar depletes magnesium.

Insulin resistance is caused by sugar and starches. Other factors that deplete magnesium are stress, alcohol, and EMF's, electro magnetic fields. There is emerging evidence that magnesium is protective against the damaging effects of EMF's.

Blood tests for magnesium are almost always normal. This is because only 1 percent of total body magnesium is in the blood, and this remains constant, even if other body levels are depleted. A test called Red Blood Cell Magnesium may be more accurate.

The best way to tell is you are low in magnesium are symptoms, such as: Foods that contain magnesium: