I must warn you! This article is LONG, but I beg you to read the entire thing. I truly believe it could save your life, or at least make you healthier and feel better. If that happens, it’s worth it…..right?
What is your number one health complaint? Do you have trouble sleeping a full night? How about Type II Diabetes? Have you been diagnosed, despite the fact you live an active lifestyle? Maybe you’ve been diagnosed with osteoporosis and take a calcium o
r vitamin D supplement to try to keep your bones strong. Or, maybe you get migraines or just have unexplained irritability. Why do these things happen? Believe it or not, it might come down to one very important mineral. “What is this ‘Miracle Mineral’ you speak of?” you might be asking. You’ll be shocked to find out that it’s none other than MAGNESIUM!
Magnesium is a mineral that flies under the radar. It’s not one of the sexy vitamins, like Vitamin D, that gets all the buzz these days. But, magnesium is so important. It’s involved in at least 300 enzyme reactions in your body. That’s a lot! I recently came across a doctor who believes that 80% of us are magnesium deficient.
Now, I’m not a doctor and don’t pretend to be one, but let’s take a look at magnesium and how a supplement might help to improve your health. Before you begin taking any supplements, though, please talk to your doctor. Use the information below to fuel the conversation.
WHY DO WE NEED MAGNESIUM?
As I mentioned, magnesium is involved in numerous enzyme reactions in the body, and it’s especially important for the enzymes involved in energy production. That’s right…you need magnesium to make energy. Who doesn’t want more energy? It also assists in calcium and potassium uptake and plays a role in bone formation. That’s right…you need magnesium for strong bones, which is so important as we age. Magnesium is also necessary to prevent the calcification of soft tissue and is involved in your metabolism. Phew….that’s a lot, and I’m not even done yet. The big stuff is still to come!
WHAT IF WE DON’T GET ENOUGH?
I was shocked to find out that a deficiency of this little, unspoken of mineral is the root of many cardiovascular problems. In fact, magnesium deficiency may be a major cause of fatal cardiac arrhythmia, hypertension, and sudden cardiac arrest. That’s in addition to asthma, chronic fatigue and chronic pain syndromes, depression, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome, and pulmonary disorder.
As if that wasn’t enough, a deficiency also interferes with the transmission of nerve and muscle impulses, causing irritability and nervousness. Other possible manifestations of magnesium deficiencies include confusion, poor digestion, rapid heartbeat, and seizures. A magnesium deficiency has been found to be synonymous with diabetes, and research has also shown that a magnesium deficiency may contribute to the formation of kidney stones.
Have I sold you on the fact that this is an important mineral for your body and health? If you’re wondering if you may be deficient, here’s a list of signs to look for:
SIGNS OF MAGNESIUM DEFICIENCY
Irritability and anxiety
Impaired memory and cognitive function
Loss of appetite
Nausea and vomiting
Impaired muscle coordination
Involuntary eye movements and vertigo
Increased intracellular calcium
Irregular or rapid heartbeat
CONDITIONS RELATED TO PROBLEMS OF MAGNESIUM
Chronic fatigue syndrome
Irritable bowel syndrome
Chest pain (angina)
Coronary artery disease and atherosclerosis
Type II diabetes
TESTING YOUR MAGNESIUM LEVELS
So, maybe you experience some of the signs listed above and want to test your magnesium levels. That should be easy; unfortunately, it’s not as easy as you might think. The most common test for magnesium deficiency is a serum magnesium test. This is a blood test that looks at the magnesium in your serum. The problem with this test is that most of the magnesium in the body is found in your bones and soft tissue. Blood serum contains less than 1% of your total magnesium. So, it is quite possible for the magnesium levels elsewhere in the body to be low but the serum test to come back normal.
Talk to your doctor about different tests that might be available and more accurate!
FOODS CONTAINING MAGNESIUM
Magnesium is found in a lot of food, which is a great thing! Be careful, though, because some foods that “should” contain magnesium actually don’t. This has to do with the soil that foods are grown in these days. The soil has become so chemically enhanced, that a lot of the minerals from the ground have been lost. This seems to be one of the reasons so many people are now deficient.
Good food sources of magnesium include:
Leafy green veggies
If you’re like me, you might be considering adding a magnesium supplement to your daily routine. Before you do, please talk to your doctor. If you determine this is the route for you, find out which form your doctor wants you to take.
There are numerous forms of magnesium supplements ranging from magnesium citrate to magnesium malate to magnesium oxide to ionized magnesium. That’s not even all of them! And, this really does make a difference. Magnesium oxide, for example, is one of the most popular forms, but your body only absorbs 4% of what you take. In addition, it’s known for having a strong laxative affect. Needless to say, you’ll be stuck in the bathroom, and your body won’t even benefit from much of the magnesium. I’d say “no thank you!” to that form. There are other options, so find the best one for YOU!
Well, it’s quite obvious to me that magnesium is super important for good health. It’s more important than I ever knew. The research strongly suggests that this little “Miracle Mineral” can help with a lot of chronic conditions that older adults face everyday. I’m not saying this one mineral will cure all your conditions, but it might be worth investigating. I urge you to talk to your doctor today!
Stay happy, healthy, and N motion, AND REMEMBER…age is just a number!