Magnesium: It does a body good!

The mineral of the month is Magnesium, which is the mineral of the muscle – the heart being the largest muscle in your body. Magnesium is a relaxer, not only of the muscles, but of the mind – it can calm you down. If you are having heart palpitations it can help regulate the heart into a normal beat. Magnesium is often used in the emergency room in intravenous form when someone comes in with a heart attack or life threatening arrhythmia – irregular heart beat. It is also responsible for over 300 enzyme functions in your body – yet most Americans are deficient in it. Often we take supplements with calcium and magnesium as a combination. Yet, recent studies state that we may be taking too much calcium which can cause calcification of the muscles and arteries. We often get enough calcium in dairy products and in some vegetables, yet we simply do not get enough magnesium in our diet. Milk of magnesia is magnesium and is famous for helping with constipation. Too much can cause diarrhea although magnesium glycinate will not do this. It is also in the form of Epsom Salts and you can use 2 cups to 1/2 cup of Baking Soda in a bath to sooth tense or fatigued muscles. Your body absorbs the magnesium and you can relax. Try this before bed or when you are stressed. Light a candle and just let go. If you have cramps – menstrual, leg cramps, feel aggravated or overwhelmed take 200 mg. of magnesium and relax those muscles. Before doing physical or strenuous work it helps to take 200 mg. of magnesium and 400 mg. of gaba. Gaba also helps you to relax as it is an inhibitory amino acid – calming. Your body will love you for it. I sell both in my office. Adding magnesium to your diet can support you if you experience any of the following conditions:

  • ADD
  • angina
  • anxiety
  • asthma
  • autism
  • chronic fatigue
  • constipation
  • diabetes
  • fibromyalgia
  • headaches
  • heart palpitations
  • high blood pressure
  • high CRP Levels
  • inflammation
  • Insomnia
  • irritability
  • irritable bladder
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • kidney stones
  • menstrual cramps
  • migraines
  • muscle cramps or twitches
  • obesity
  • osteoporosis
  • PMS
  • reflux
  • stress and sensitivity
  • trouble swallowing

The typical diet is deficient in magnesium. We eat mostly processed food which includes white flour, processed meat and dairy which have no magnesium. While it is beneficial to eat healthy protein and dairy it is also crucially important to eat your fruits and vegetables – salads of many colors gives you a rich start at getting your magnesium. Organic is best with an increase of over 3 times the minerals. Eating nuts, greens and beans is also important. Some other foods high is magnesium include almonds, avocado, beans, brazil nuts, brown rice, buckwheat, cashews, collard greens, dandelion greens, dates, dulse, figs, filberts, garlic, millet, pecans, rye, shrimp, parsley, walnuts, and wheat bran and wheat germ. Also taking a multiple vitamin / mineral combination is important. Be sure to check your levels of Vitamin D3 which also helps you to absorb your magnesium, Vitamin B6 and Selenium. The RDA of magnesium is about 300 mg a day, but many need between 400 – 1000 mg depending upon their condition. I like magnesium glycinate as it does not cause diarrhea, but other forms of magnesium which are beneficial are magnesium citrate, glycinate, taurate, aspartate, chelates (malate, succinate, fumarate). Avoid magnesium in the forms of carbonate, sulfate, gluconate, and oxide as they are not absorbed well. If you have kidney disease or heart disease you should consult your physician prior to taking magnesium. If you have any of the above symptoms you might want to give magnesium a try!