ELUSIVE MAGNESIUM: VERY FEW OF US ARE NOT DEFICIENT
At UC Berkeley my major was in Physiology—a field I have followed ever since. If you have read much of my previous articles, you know that in both my sleep apnea and TMJ practices I take a very holistic approach to health maintenance. The pharmaceutical approach is like giving a pain killer for a thorn in your foot; you help the symptom, but the damage progresses.
Over seventy years ago, US Health authorities warned our country that, due to not replenishing the minerals in the soil, there would likely become mineral deficiency health problems. It has happened. One of the most serious mineral deficiencies is Magnesium (Mg). Due to the fact that only 1% of Mg is found in the blood, most doctors are not trained to test for it, and in most cases normal supplements don’t make up for this deficiency.
I belong to several physiology research organizations and try to stay up on what’s new. According to Norman Shealy, MD, PhD, a holistic pain and depression specialist, “Magnesium deficiency contributes to every known disease – from anxiety to depression, cancer, atherosclerosis, fatigue, hypertension, etc.”
Magnesium is responsible in a large part for the support of:
- Blood sugar balance
- Optimal circulation and blood pressure
- Cellular energy production
- Calming nerves and relieving headaches
- Pain relief and muscle relaxation
- Bone density and calcium balance
- Joints and ligament flexibility
- Promoting deep sleep
- Supporting optimal cognition and strengthening memory
- Regulating mood and stress and anxiety
- Assisting in detoxification
- Relieving cramping of muscles, leg cramps in your sleep and menstrual cramps
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
I have been recommending that my patients supplement with chelated or colloidal Mg with mixed results, sometimes great. There are some foods that contain higher concentrations of Mg which include; sprouted nuts and seeds, avocados, sprouted legumes, pink salt, sea vegetables, wild fish, raw cacao, pumpkin seeds and raw green and leafy veggies and pastured eggs. Of course all these foods need soil that contains Mg, in the first place.
For arthritis relief, chronic muscle and ligament pain, and menstrual cramps, a transdermal application using a Mg oil spray works best. For increasing Mg absorption, the most recent research revealed Mg L-Threonate was the best. Amazon carries it. Only buy the best because some of the dishonest companies use contaminated sources. It is possible to overdose with Mg causing some nasty symptoms, so check with your heath care professional to find the appropriate dosage for your body.