The Magnesium Miracle
This is one of my favourite books – I am constantly referring to it and quoting it to many others.
Dr Carolyn Dean has done an amazing job of putting all of her research into this book and giving the reader a insane amount of information in regards to what the mineral magnesium does for our bodies.
When you are depleted in magnesium these are some conditions you will face and Dr Carolyn Dean has researched the following to help readers know how it’ll affect them:
Anxiety & depression
Stroke, Head Injury, and Brain surgery
Cholesterol and Hypertension
Obesity, Syndrome X and diabetes
PMS, Dysmenorrhea and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (POS)
Infertility, Pregnancy, Preeclampsia and Cerebral Palsy
Osteoporosis and Kidney Stones
Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia
Health and Longevity
As far back to 1697 a medical paper, with some exaggerated unscientific enthusiasm, recommended magnesium for conditions as varied as skin ulcers, depression, vertigo, heartburn, worms, kidney stones, jaundice, and gout.
Most of these conditions are still treated with magnesium, and current research now supports its use for many of those early conditions and many more that I will list that I highlighted throughout this amazing book!
Magnesium quality in our plants and protein sources are not as good as they once were, your obviously understand with mass production and farming, the soil, the conditions throughout our global warming has changed much of the quality within our foods.
Supplementation is needed at times to help boost you, calm you and balance you.
Things you need to know about magnesium anxiety and depression
1. Magnesium deficiency can produce symptoms of anxiety or depression, including muscle weakness, fatigue, eye twitches, insomnia, anorexia, apathy , apprehension, poor memory, confusion, anger, nervousness, and rapid pulse.
2. Serotonin, the “ feel good” brain chemical that is boosted by Prozac, depends on magnesium for its production and function.
3. Magnesium supports our adrenal glands, which are overworked by stress.
Magnesium deficiency can be an underlying cause of anxiety and depression as determined and several clinical trials.
Symptoms of chronic magnesium deficiency includes anxious behaviour, apathy, apprehension, poor memory, confusion, anger, nervousness, muscle weakness, fatigue, headaches, insomnia, lightheadedness, dizziness, nervous fits, the feeling of a lump in the throat, impaired breathing, muscle cramps, a tingling or pricking creeping feeling on the skin, rapid pulse, chest pain, palpitations and abnormal heart rhythm.
Not only do our overworked adrenals cause magnesium depletion, but even more adrenaline is released under stress when magnesium levels are low in the body, leaving people feeling, nervous, edgy, or even ready to explode. To put an end to anxiety, magnesium needs to be replaced.
The miracle mineral
1.Remember, the heart contains the highest amount of magnesium in the body, so the more magnesium deficient you are, the more your heart will suffer.
Any painkiller – any medication, in fact – will delete the body’s magnesium stores.
Such a deficiency only causes more migraine symptoms and magnesium deficiency symptoms, the worst being cardiovascular problems.
2.Absorption is highest from animal sources, not plant sources.
3.Magnesium is a very safe mineral for you to take.
4.There should be an equal part of calcium and magnesium in supplements (a ratio of 1: 1). The average diet has shocking 10:1 ratio of calcium to magnesium.
How many people do you know or you have been told yourself to increase calcium for bone strength? This is were Carolyn noted as a doctor that many elderly people are suffering bone fractures because they have too much calcium and not enough magnesium!
It is amazing how research is correcting outdated information.
*In non menopausal Women, estrogen rises before the period, causing a shift in blood magnesium into bone and muscles. As a result, magnesium levels in the brain are lowered.
*When magnesium is low, it is unable to do its job to counteract the clotting action of calcium on the blood. Tiny blood clots are said to clog up tiny brain blood vessels, leading to migraines.
*Low brain magnesium promotes neurotransmitter hyperactivity and nerve excitation that can lead to headaches.
*Magnesium regulates the action of brain neurotransmitters and inflammatory substances, which may play a role in migraines when unbalanced.
*Magnesium relaxes muscles and prevents the buildup of lactic acid, which, along with the muscle tensions, can worsen head pain.
Women with PMS
Women taking 400 milligrams of magnesium a day for PMS:
– 95% experience less breast pain and have less weight gain.
– 89% suffered less nervous tension.
– 43% had fewer headaches.
Oral magnesium was found to be an effective treatment for premenstrual symptoms related to mood changes. Treatment with magnesium eases headaches, sugar cravings, low blood sugar, and dizziness related to PMS.
Osteoporosis and kidney stones
- Magnesium is just as important as calcium to prevent and treat osteoporosis
- Magnesium keeps calcium dissolved in the blood so it will not form kidney stones.
- Taking calcium without magnesium for osteoporosis can promote kidney stones.
Women with Osteoporosis have a lower than average levels of magnesium in their diets, according to survey reports. Magnesium deficiency can compromise calcium metabolism and also hindered the body’s production of vitamin D, further weakening bones.
Adequate levels of magnesium are essential for the absorption and metabolism of calcium.
Magnesium simulates a particular hormone, calcitation, that helps to preserve bone structure and draws calcium out of the blood and soft tissues back into the bones, preventing some forms of arthritis and kidney stones.
It suppresses another bone hormone called parathyroid preventing it from breaking down bone.
Very important: Magnesium converts vitamin D into its active form so that it can help calcium absorption.
Magnesium is required to activate an enzymes that is necessary to form new bone and regulates active calcium transport.
If there is too much calcium in the body, especially from calcium supplementation, magnesium absorption can be greatly impaired, resulting in worsening Osteoporosis and the likelihood of kidney stones, arthritis, and heart disease.
Osteoporosis is generally a progressive disease, and some say it is incurable, but if you avoid the risk factors that are under your control, take a good range of bone-building nutrients, and exercise, you can halt the condition even if you have the symptoms.
Prevention is the best defense, the key elements of which are:
* Eat a balanced, nutrient-rich diet.
* Increase dietary calcium, take magnesium supplements, and bone support factors found food based B and C complex.
* Practice some form of exercise everyday.
Magnesium and aging
1. Magnesium is deficient in people who have Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s Disease.
2. Aging itself as a risk factor for magnesium deficiency; as we are older will become more deficient in magnesium therefore require more in our diet and in supplement form
3. Magnesium oil applied to the skin stimulates production of DHEA, and anti-aging hormone.
Popping anti-aging pills and mega vitamins, however, does not add years to your life. An excellent diet that provides optimal nutrients, exercise, and an outgoing, optimistic attitude are the true keys to longevity.
According to the current research, low magnesium levels not only magnify free radical damage but can hasten the production of free radicals. One study utilising cultures of skin cells found that low magnesium doubled the levels of free radicals.
Alzheimer’s patients also have a consistently low magnesium levels within the hippocampus, the area of the brain most damaged by Alzheimer’s.
Aluminium is able to replace magnesium in certain and enzyme systems in the body, mimicking its function and causing harm. Aluminium can also replace magnesium in the brain, which leaves calcium channels in the brain nerve cells wide open, allowing calcium to flood in, causing cell death.
If you eat from aluminium pots, use aluminium containing antiperspirant, wrap your food and aluminium foil, and drink tap water with high aluminium content, the levels could overwhelm the magnesium in your gut, and aluminium will be absorbed instead.
This has consequences for the amount of magnesium in your brain and may allow the buildup of magnesium associated with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
When to take magnesium
Take your first dose of magnesium when you wake up in the morning and the last days at bedtime.
If you take a third dose take it late afternoon.
I feel the magnesium is sufficiently energising throughout the day, it’s as good as a sleeping pill to help get a good night’s rest.
People, who suffer from leg cramps, restless legs, or general muscle tension, take magnesium at night and find that it just manages the pain and tension and helps sleep.
There are so many ways and magnesium can work on the body that is important for you to decide what timing best for you.
I took 18 pages of notes from this book and it’s really too much to put into this blog, so I highly recommend you purchase this book and find our more valuable information.