The title of this article says it all – that this mineral is essential in helping our bodies function better.
Magnesium is actually the 4th most abundant mineral in the body, and it is involved with over 300 of its metabolic processes (figure 1), making it a powerful “master” mineral. It also serves as an electrolyte, making it responsible for all electrical activity including brain conductivity in the body. Without electrolytes like magnesium, your heart cannot beat and your brain doesn’t receive any signals. Needless to say, we wouldn’t be alive if it wasn’t for magnesium!
(fig. 1) Magnesium is a cofactor in over three hundred reactions in the body, some of these are:
The invisible deficiency that can harm your health
According to a study published in The Journal of Intensive Care Medicine (JIC), magnesium deficiency makes you TWICE as likely to die as other people as not getting enough can make you vulnerable to a long list of symptoms and diseases (fig. 2). As soon as we become deficient, we start to lose the energy that keeps us going, making us feel worse day after day.
Magnesium deficiency affects at least 80% of us, wherein that two out of every three people you meet suffer from magnesium deficiency (taken from Journal of the American College of Nutrition). What makes this an alarming case is that most don’t even know that they are deficient.
Check out this list of magnesium deficiency symptoms and evaluate how likely it is that you are not getting enough of this essential mineral (fig. 2):
High blood pressure
Poor heart health
Chronic back pain
A secret weapon against illness
Watch this video of Dr. Carolyn Dean regarding magnesium. She will talk about magnesium benefits, sources, and other important information you should know about this mineral.
Doctors around the world usually use magnesium when they work in the emergency room. This mineral is actually considered by doctors as their critical medication; which is usually given to someone who has arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat), seizures or someone with severe constipation. But of course, you don’t have to be in the hospital to improve your magnesium intake. Certain foods can relieve you of any magnesium deficiency symptoms such as seeds (quinoa, pumpkin, sunflower and sesame), beans (soybeans, black beans), nuts (almonds, brazil nuts, cashews), okra, squash, spinach, avocado and chocolate.
If you are not into these foods, you also can start taking regular magnesium supplements today and see the improvements you want.
Where can I get safe and effective Magnesium Supplements?
Here at North Shore Chiropractic, we use a practitioner only type of magnesium as it can’t be sold online. But we can guarantee you that we have an exceptional brand in stock that you won’t see on pharmacy shelves— something that is proven safe, effective and has great absorption into the body.