“Magnesium is by far the most important nutrient in the body. The majority of people in our country do suffer, usually unknowingly, from magnesium deficiency” Dr. Carolyn Dean, who lists 56 different health conditions that research now indicates are associated with magnesium deficiency. Here are just a few of them:
|Heart disease and high blood pressure Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases Arthritis Bowel disease Depression and anxiety Diabetes Fatigue Migraines and tension headaches Osteoporosis Muscle cramps or spasms, and back pain|
Of course, the highest concentrations of magnesium in the body are found in the heart and brain, The National Academy of Sciences reports that most American women only obtain about 70% of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of magnesium; men average only about 80%.
And the RDA is merely the minimum level to stave off serious deficiency symptoms — well below the optimal level for good health, according to many health professionals.
As a population, we have many reasons for becoming depleted in magnesium: diets high in processed foods, magnesium-depleted soil, certain medication interactions, and fluoridated water, which renders magnesium unavailable to the body.
STRESS: Chronic stress elevates the stress hormone adrenaline, which further depletes magnesium.
AGE: Last but not least, aging is a risk factor for magnesium deficiency. And in a vicious circle, accelerated aging is also a byproduct of magnesium deficiency.
Magnesium performs hundreds of functions in the body; however, many researchers believe its most important function is cellular energy production. The enzyme ATP, created in the mitochondria of each body cell, is our main source of cellular energy. ATP must be bound to a magnesium ion in order to be biologically active. Unfortunately, most people just don’t have enough magnesium ions available.
Because magnesium is so essential to body energy production, common symptoms of magnesium depletion include fatigue, along with headaches, insomnia, and muscle pain, cramps, and spasms.
Unfortunately, the solution is not as easy as walking into a local drug or grocery store and picking up a bottle of magnesium pills. Magnesium comes in many different forms, and quality is also a big issue. We now see from the literature that minerals in colloidal form seem to be more absorbable.