What Is Magnesium?

Magnesium is one of the most neglected minerals in the human body. It is crucial for a healthy and productive life, and its deficiency dangerously affects every function of the body. As an intracellular ion, magnesium works as a co-factor in more than 300 enzymatic reactions (Manuel et al, 2009). Most of these enzymes are involved in energy metabolism (Schrader, 1999). Magnesium, as a miracle mineral, stabilizes the cell membrane and is necessary for the metabolism of carbohydrates, amino acids and fats.  It also helps in digestion and absorption.  

 Dr. Carolyn Dean states in her book, The Magnesium Miracle: "Magnesium is very important in health and medicine. It is extremely important for the metabolism of calcium, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, copper, iron, sodium, lead…….. Magnesium is a particularly crucial element for mediating the vital functions of the nervous and endocrine systems. Evidence suggests that magnesium has an important function in many biochemical and physiological processes which directly affects human lung function, asthma management, joint pain, smoothening of muscle function, neuromuscular excitability, immune function, inflammation and oxidative stress (Kazaks, 2006). Dr Dean adds: Magnesium helps maintain normal muscle and nerve functions, keeps heart rhythm steady, support a healthy immune system and keeps bones strong."  

 The brain and heart require the highest concentration of magnesium while only one percent of magnesium is present in the blood stream. Magnesium is required in human tissues to provide energy. Magnesium is also required for the production of deoxyribonucleic acid or DNA, and it is also present in the structure of chromosomes. In fact, magnesium is required in all enzyme reactions leading to the production and processing of DNA. Many researchers such as Dr. Carolyn Dean (2007), Dr.Steven Johnson and Mark Sircus, (2007) agree that magnesium deficiency is among the major factors responsible for many severe and life threatening diseases.

 Magnesium is the solution to many mysterious illnesses encountered in modern medicine, if only doctors would acknowledge its vital function to the body. Magnesium is as crucial for human survival as water and air.  In a study, Dr. Shealy (2009) asked participants with low cellular magnesium to soak their feet for about 20 minutes in magnesium chloride solution. This resulted in an improvement in cellular magnesium levels. Magnesium is safe, cheap and easy to use.

 In a study (McKeown, et al, 2008) conducted on 535 elderly adults, it was discovered that the higher the intake of magnesium in their diet, the lower was the likelihood of developing Metabolic Syndrome. (A person suffering from Metabolic Syndrome has multiple health risk conditions, including abdominal obesity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes.) The study concluded that Metabolic Syndrome was linked to a deficiency in magnesium.

A recent study further discovered that among 192 women who had taken 400 mg of magnesium daily in their diet, 95 percent experienced less breast pain as well as little weight gain. Eighty nine percent of the participants showed less nervous tension and about 43 percent stated that they had fewer headaches (Goldberg, 1998). The study further demonstrated that 3,000 participants who were given 200 mg of magnesium daily in their diet had about 80 percent reduction in their migraine symptoms (Mauskop, 2001). 

By: Dr. Qais Faryadi Author:

Magnesium: The Health Restorer- The Missing Link to Recovery

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