Magnesium, Are You Deficient?
I’ve been working in a nutrition store, now, for almost 7 years. One of the most popular supplements that I have seen go out the door is Calcium, in all forms, with or without it’s best friends Magnesium and Vitamin D. Did you know that these minerals work hand in hand?
I always wondered if this was necessary, knowing that we get so much Calcium from the food we eat. Well, I’ve done some research and found out that it dates back to a French scientist Jean Durlach. Dr. Dean, a Medical Doctor and Magnesium expert says that the scientist ” stipulated the 2:1 ratio as an outermost not-to-be-exceeded level when considering calcium intake from all sources (food, water and supplements). This has been largely misunderstood and is taken as a recommendation of a 2:1 calcium-to-magnesium imbalance.”
So, for quite a while, this ratio has been misunderstood. People are getting way to much Calcium and not enough Magnesium. Unfortunately, it can cause some serious issues in our bodies, if not balanced correctly. According to Dean, “If we consume too much calcium without sufficient magnesium, not only will we create stress within the body but the excess calcium won’t be utilized correctly and may become toxic. Magnesium keeps calcium dissolved in the blood. Too much calcium and too little magnesium can cause some forms of arthritis, kidney stones, osteoporosis and calcification of the arteries, leading to heart attack and cardiovascular disease.”
As reported by Greenmedinfo, Magnesium’s part in a healthy body has been severely underestimated. Its many functions include: formation of teeth and bones, conversion of vitamin D into its active form so that it can aid calcium absorption, the stimulation of the hormone calcitonin, which helps to preserve bone structure and draws calcium out of the blood and soft tissues back into the bones, and lowering the likelihood of osteoporosis, some forms of arthritis, heart attack and kidney stones. It also aids the action of our heart muscle. It’s a proponent of healthy bowel movements, and helps regulates blood sugar levels.
Unfortunately there are no blood tests that can give you an accurate reading of your Magnesium level. But there are some symptoms that could prompt you to make sure you are getting enough. These include constipation, muscle cramps, migraines, high blood calcium levels, and abnormal heart rhythms. Luckily there are plenty of whole foods that contain a good amount of Magnesium. That’s where I come in! These are great sources to add to your whole foods diet: Seaweed, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, cacao, unsweetened (my favorite), flax seeds, and almond butter. Be sure to add these to your wide variety of whole, unprocessed foods!
When dealing with supplementation, there are several Magnesium supplements out there. If your doctor is open to this, ask him or her for the best form for you. Otherwise consult with your local health food store for options. For those of you in Cincinnati, I would suggest Natural Life on Glenway Ave. If you are looking for the best Transdermal Magnesium, which is sprayed or rubbed directly into the skin, I would suggest Radiant Life’s Magnesium Spray which you can order directly from this link. http://www.radiantlifecatalog.com/product/732/Traditional-detoxification.
Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.