What is Magnesium?
and Magnesium Facts

What is Magnesium?  Magnesium is essential for hundreds, if not thousands of vital functions that go on in your body every day

Magnesium is responsible for carrying electrical charges between your cells that regulate your fluid levels, your muscle contractions, and your heartbeat.

Magnesium facts include being one of the most important minerals for your brain.  Low levels of magnesium could result in serious brain disorders such as Alzheimer's and ADHD.

And one of the most important magnesium facts is that magnesium controls the fate of potassium and calcium in your body.

What is Magnesium? 
Essential for Your Heart

Magnesium is crucial in maintaining a steady heartbeat and magnesium also helps to normalize your blood pressure.

A low magnesium level may be a stronger predictor of a heart condition than high cholesterol or the over-consumption of saturated fats.

Did you know that a high amount of magnesium will be found in your heart?  Therefore, if you become magnesium deficient, your heart muscle will go into spasms.

Magnesium is crucial to having a healthy heart rhythm! 

Magnesium is involved with the transportation of electrolytes like calcium and potassium into your cells.  These electrolytes control the muscle contractions of a normal heartbeat. 

A magnesium deficiency will increase irregular heartbeats or create heart arrhythmias.

If you do no get enough magnesium, your body will sacrifice your bone and your intracellular stores in order to maintain a plasma level of magnesium.

What is Magnesium? 
Very Important for Your Brain!

Did you know that magnesium is crucial for brain health and function?  And that a magnesium deficiency can lead to brain fog, anxiety, headaches, and mood disorders?

When you consume too much calcium and not enough magnesium, your cells won't effectively regulate the calcium which can then damage your nerves.

This will lead to the inability to communicate properly.  Fear, depression, and anxiety may result because your neurons aren't signaling correctly.

You see magnesium will hang out in the synapse that's between two neurons along with calcium and glutamate an amino acid that's critical for your brain function.  

Glutamate is the most abundant excitatory neurotransmitter and is found naturally in meats, cheese, milk, fish, and in many vegetables. 

Calcium and glutamate are both excitatory and toxic in excess.  Especially stay away from any food that contains MSG or free glutamate!

Calcium and glutamate can both activate the NMDA receptors which participate in excitatory neurotransmissions in the central nervous system.

What is Magnesium? 
It Protects Your Neurons!

Magnesium can sit on these receptors without activating them and behaves much like a guard at a gate. 

However, when you become deficient in magnesium, there is no longer a guard at the gate for these receptors. 

And calcium and glutamate will activate the NMDA receptors continuously - which in time will lead to cell death from being overly excited!

Magnesium is a natural glutamate and calcium blocker!  It's the mineral your nervous system uses to switch off overtaxed nerve cells. 

Magnesium appears to improve the signaling between your brain neurons which improves cognition and memory.

Magnesium is known to strengthen the function of the synapses in your hippocampus which helps to improve your long-term memory.

And magnesium also strengthens the prefrontal cortex of your brain which helps with the retrieval of your short-term memories.

Magnesium is also a cofactor for the enzymes that break down and prevent the formation of amyloid plaques which are toxic to your neurons and their synapses.

Amyloid plaques are heavily associated with developing dementia or Alzheimer's.

What is Magnesium? 
Needed for Detoxification

Magnesium is necessary for the neutralization of toxins, acidic conditions, and for the protection from heavy metals like mercury.

Toxic metals appear to compete with magnesium for entry into your brain cells.  If you should become deficient in magnesium, you could develop brain disorders like Alzheimers.

According to Dr. Carolyn Dean author of The Magnesium Miracle, "Research indicates that ample magnesium will protect brain cells from the damaging effects of aluminum, beryllium, cadmium, lead, mercury and nickel."

Magnesium also helps to protect us from the incredible amounts of man-made chemicals that surround us every day and also what we consume.

Did you know that glutathione which is the "master antioxidant" and a powerful detoxifier needs magnesium for its synthesis?

A magnesium deficiency will increase free radicals in your body and will cause the loss of glutathione.  This scenario will lead to aging and becoming too toxic.

What is Magnesium to Calcium Ideal Ratio?

The ideal ratio of magnesium to calcium appears to be for every 1 magnesium you should only have 2 calcium. 

Some say that because we have become so magnesium deficient here in America, the ideal ratio should now be 1 to 1.

Americans seem to consume way more calcium than magnesium these days with our indulgent diets and the consumption of refined flours.  Probably 5 to 15 times more! 

And this will create many many problems!

Simply taking a magnesium supplement is not really the solution because calcium and magnesium are suppose to work together in your body.

You'll also have to reduce the calcium to magnesium ratio because if there is too much of one and not enough of the other, your metabolic systems will fail!

And compounding the problem is that your body will strip magnesium and calcium from your bones during periods of "functioning" low magnesium.

Magnesium and calcium are synergistically intertwined at the cellular level and work together to promote optimal cell metabolism. 

You must keep them in balance if you want to stay healthy.  Each of these electrolytes can affect the absorption and excretion of the other.

For some reason, the human body does not retain magnesium very well and will hold onto minerals like calcium. 

Anything that dangerously depletes magnesium stores can result in fainting, seizures, and even death.

What is Magnesium? 
Needed for Strong Bones and Teeth

Magnesium is needed in order to properly absorb calcium and studies may show that magnesium can actually dissolve calcium in your blood.

It appears that magnesium is necessary to keep calcium in solution which prevents the inappropriate deposition of calcium in your soft tissues.

Shockingly, it appears that no matter the amount of calcium you consume, your teeth will only form hard enamel if magnesium is available in sufficient quantities.

In order to keep calcium in your teeth and bones rather than around your joints or in your soft tissues, you will need magnesium.

What is Magnesium? 
Important to Sodium/Potassium Pumps!

Magnesium is very important to the sodium/potassium pumps on your cell membranes.  These pumps work via their interaction with magnesium. 

When your cells receive a stimulus, gates open which allow sodium to go into your cells and potassium to come out.

Normally, there's a higher concentration of sodium on the outside of your cells and a higher concentration of potassium inside your cells.

Unfortunately, a magnesium deficiency usually leads to a potassium deficiency and sodium will build up in your cells contributing to health problems such as high blood pressure.

And it's magnesium that will help to restore the original concentrations of sodium and potassium in your cells.

Also, when there is too much calcium and not enough magnesium in your diet, calcium will build up in your cells.

What is Magnesium? 
Important to Your Calcium Pumps!

A deficiency of magnesium will affect your calcium pumps and their ability to remove calcium.

The magnesium concentration inside healthy cells should be ten thousand times greater than calcium.  Calcium should enter your cells only as long as needed to conduct an impulse.

Calcium should then be ushered out very quickly by magnesium and pumps that take calcium out of your cells. 

When there is too much calcium and not enough magnesium in your diet, calcium will build up in your cells.

This can cause calcification in your body which can lead to cardiovascular problems and other diseases.

What is Magnesium?
Has a Strong Relationship with Insulin

Did you know that magnesium helps to regulate your insulin and blood sugar levels?

According to Carolyn Dean author of The Magnesium Miracle, "Calcium in extracellular fluid can decrease the permeability of cell membranes.  This makes it increasingly difficult for glucose (a large molecule) to pass through the cell membrane to be converted to ATP in the cells' mitochondria.  High glucose levels created by excess calcium may be misdiagnosed as diabetes."

Magnesium is very important in order for insulin to be effective and a reduction of magnesium in your cells will strengthen insulin resistance!

Also, without enough magnesium, your pancreas won't secrete enough insulin or the insulin that gets secreted won't control your blood sugar very well.

Insulin not only plays a central role in controlling the level of your blood sugar - it also plays a central role in storing magnesium.

If you do not produce enough insulin or you develop blood sugar problems like insulin resistance or diabetes - magnesium may be excreted through your urine.

Also, the amount of calcium you consume must be closely regulated because it affects your pancreatic cells and insulin.

Did you know that a high calcium to magnesium ratio is associated with too much insulin and low blood sugar?

The American Diabetes Association published a study that demonstrates patients with the highest levels of calcium are at nearly a three-fold risk of developing diabetes compared to those patients with lower levels of calcium.

Be aware that insufficient calcium levels can prevent glucose from entering into your cells and contributes to high blood sugar!

If you do not consume the correct amounts of magnesium and calcium, this can lead to unstable blood sugar levels! 

What is Magnesium Deficiency
and its Relationship with Addictions?

Again, insulin and magnesium are very important for regulating and stabilizing your blood sugar levels.

Unstable blood sugar levels fuel addictive cravings such as sugar cravings, alcohol cravings, and adrenaline rushes.

And these addictive cravings can become a vicious cycle that depletes even more of your magnesium!

Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride associates unstable blood sugar levels as one of the root causes of inflammation and a mechanism that feeds pathogens.

And she has linked it to drinking, smoking, anger swings, and overeating.

What is Magnesium? 
Depleted by Too Many Carbs!

According to Natasha Campbell-McBride, N.D. - you'll need 28 molecules of magnesium to process just one (1) molecule of glucose. 

And 56 molecules of magnesium to process just one (1) molecule of fructose.

Therefore, consuming too many carbohydrates (especially from processed foods high in fructose) will deplete a lot of your magnesium!

Which is why you should avoid all processed foods that are high in corn syrup, agave syrup, and white sugar.

Avoid all "fake" foods that are just "empty calories".  And choose your carbs wisely!

What is Magnesium? 
Depleted by Low Carb Diets!

When people go on a Ketogenic diet or any extreme low carb diet, they often experience what is now called the keto-flu. 

The keto-flu is similar to the symptoms of the flu and it can make you feel terrible.

These flu-like symptoms can happen because low carb diets appear to have a diuretic effect on the body which causes your body to lose water. 

Electrolytes like magnesium, potassium, and sodium will also be pushed out of your body.

Because low carb diets restrict carbohydrates, levels of insulin (the hormone which helps your body absorb glucose) will also decrease.  And as you recall, insulin plays a big role in storing magnesium.

What is Magnesium? 
A Great Stress Reliever

Magnesium, sodium, and stress appear to share a dysfunctional relationship.  Often when someone is under great stress, sodium increases and magnesium decreases.

This can set up a vicious cycle that may include stimulants like caffeine or alcohol which people turn to when under stress which further depletes magnesium in the body.

The imbalance that will be created between sodium and magnesium may lead to intense feelings of anger and being out of control.

When you are under too much stress, your body creates stress hormones that contribute to feelings of anxiety or panic attacks.  Unfortunately, this stress will deplete magnesium in your body.

Magnesium has an anti-stress effect on your body and can slow down the activity of your adrenal glands which helps to regulate the "fight or flight" response.

Magnesium can therefore help you to control anger and fear.

What is Magnesium? 
Stimulates GABA Levels

Improving magnesium in your diet can lead to feeling much more relaxed, happier, having more focus, and sleeping better.

Magnesium can counter the stress that we all feel from time to time because it can stimulate the GABA receptors in your brain.

GABA helps to slow down your brain activity and helps you to relax.

If your someone who constantly lays awake at night with racing thoughts of things to do, you probably have low GABA levels.

Magnesium plays a big role in the regulation of your sleep.  Insomnia and a magnesium deficiency appear to go hand in hand. 

Magnesium helps to regulate your sleep hormones and can increase melatonin.

What is Magnesium
and Vitamin D's Relationship?

What is magnesium's relationship with changing vitamin D into its active form? 

Magnesium regulates the enzymes that change vitamin D into its active form which allows vitamin D to be used by your body.  Vitamin D will draw on your supply of magnesium to make this conversion possible.

Always remember, no matter how much vitamin D you ingest or receive from the sun - insufficient magnesium means insufficient vitamin D.

Therefore, a high dose of vitamin D will help to create or make worse a magnesium deficiency!

Some patients with both magnesium and calcium deficiency further develop resistance to vitamin D absorption.

To make matters more confusing, magnesium absorption depends on levels of vitamin D and calcium (to name a couple factors) that have a profound impact on how much of this mineral gets absorbed.

Also, you can get a blood test for a vitamin D deficiency, but it's virtually impossible to get an accurate blood test for a magnesium deficiency.

What is Magnesium Levels in Your Body?

Magnesium is an alkaline mineral and should be the fourth most abundant mineral in the human body.

However, only 1% of magnesium is found in your blood and your body will do whatever it has to - to keep that amount circulating.

Blood tests are a poor indicator of your body's magnesium levels, because magnesium is primarily found in your bones & teeth (60 to 65%), organs, and body tissues - not your blood.

Did you know that a lot of magnesium is in your heart and brain?  Both of these organs will especially be vulnerable if you do not consume enough magnesium!

If you do not have enough magnesium in your body, you will not be able to produce enough energy or be able to heal.

And from what I have been gathering, a magnesium deficiency may be more responsible for more diseases than any other nutrient.

Without enough magnesium, you could not adjust the levels of cholesterol produced in your body and released into your blood stream.

What is Magnesium?  Needed for
"The Mother of All Steroid Hormones"

The mother of all steroid hormones is called DHEA and it's made mainly in your adrenal glands. 

BTW, all steroid hormones are created from cholesterol and without magnesium cholesterol could not be synthesized.  

Cholesterol is crucial for your health and it's involved with the production of very important hormones like DHEA.

DHEA is the highest circulating steroid that's present in your body. 

DHEA becomes powerful when it gets converted into other hormones that are needed by your body such as the sexual hormones testosterone and estrogen.

DHEA is said to enhance your libido, slow the aging process, increase muscle strength, promote weight loss, and boost your immune system.

The mother of all steroid hormones stimulates the cells that attack tumors and the cells that fight disease causing organisms.  DHEA also stimulates your T-cells and helps to protect your thymus gland which produces T-cells.

DHEA levels will peak in early adulthood and then slowly decline as you age.  A magnesium deficiency has also been connected to low DHEA levels.

What is Magnesium and
its Relationship with Greece?

Magnesium is named after a district in Thessaly Greece, called Magnesia.  Magnesia is the place where magnesium was first found.

The name Magnesia was derived from the Ancient tribe called the Magnetes.

And there appears to be a lot of very big mythical names associated with Magnesia which include Zeus, Hellen, and Pandora.

The Magnetes appear to be part of the Ancient tribes that formed the Greek/Hellenic nation.

What is Magnesium? 
Needed for Protein Synthesis

Did you know that magnesium is required to build proteins in your body?  And without magnesium, your DNA and RNA would be impaired?

DNA and RNA are molecules that carry your genetic information which make you unique.  They are also the blueprints which are used to make all of the proteins in your body.

Magnesium is a very important building block!  Magnesium is required for DNA replication and transcription into RNA. 

Basically, when your body needs to create a protein, specific parts of your DNA are read and transcribed onto your RNA which guides the formation of protein from chains of amino acids.

Your body relies on many enzymes in order for this process to work and magnesium is a vital cofactor for most of these enzymes.

Magnesium is a cofactor for a very important enzyme called DNA polymerase.  This enzyme repairs and replicates your strands of DNA.

It's shocking how magnesium is absolutely necessary in order to stabilize your proteins and your DNA.

According to a blog by Dr. Carolyn Dean MD, ND, "The most recent research found that magnesium is required for the structural integrity of numerous body proteins.  To date, 3,751 magnesium receptor sites have been found on human proteins."

And magnesium dependent proteins will be involved with the transport of electrolytes like sodium, potassium, and calcium - into and out of our cells.

What is Magnesium?  It's the Spark of Life!

Did you know that magnesium is required in metabolic functions that involve the creation of energy? 

And that magnesium is a required component of your mitochondria and ATP production?

"....95% of the magnesium in the cell is in the mitochondria."  Dr. Tom Levy author of Magnesium: Reversing Disease

Mitochondria make up 10% of the total weight of the human body. 

Without the mitochondria, our cells could only generate 1/19th of the energy we now use to maintain health.

One of the primary roles of magnesium is its partnership with ATP as MgATP. 

In fact, ATP needs to be partnered with magnesium in order to be biologically active.

This MgATP complex powers numerous functions in your body as well as your mitochondria's ability to create more ATP.

Magnesium will also exist as free magnesium and affects the production of ATP in almost every phase of the Krebs cycle.  Magnesium is heavily connected with your energy production!

What is Magnesium? 
Necessary for All Living Organisms!

Every single cell in your body demands magnesium in order to function properly!  Magnesium is also crucial for both plants and animals. 

Our food chain is based on the sunlight-chlorophyll-magnesium chain. 

Did you know that magnesium is found in the center of every chlorophyll molecule which is essential for the creation of energy from sunlight?

Magnesium is what causes plants to be able to convert light into energy.  And will be needed by plants to form the chlorophyll which makes plants green.

If there was no chlorophyll, the process of photosynthesis would not go on and plants would not be able to create life from the sun. 

Magnesium is also a very important component of the cells, bones, and tissues of the animals we consume.  Magnesium is necessary for the circle of life!

Vital Magnesium Facts

  • Involved with Muscle Function
  • Involved with Nerve Function
  • Involved with Immune System Functions
  • Involved with Formation of Bones
  • Required for Vitamin D Synthesis
  • Involved with the Production of Serotonin & Dopamine
  • Stimulates Production of Glutathione
  • Protects Cells from Heavy Metals
  • Protects Cells from MSG
  • Involved with Regulating Blood Sugar
  • Involved with Normalizing Blood Pressure
  • Involved with Energy Production
  • Involved with Protein Synthesis
  • Involved with Production of Insulin
  • Involved with Production of Estrogen & Testosterone
  • Involved with Production of DHEA
  • Involved with DNA and RNA Production

What is Magnesium to Your Health?

Magnesium is crucial for the synthesis of protein and releases enzymes that are involved in catalyzing most of the chemical reactions that go on in your body.

These enzymes are needed so that your body can digest and break down the food you eat into smaller particles for energy production.

Magnesium is very involved with the production of energy and creating chi in your body.  Without it your mitochondria would seize to function!

Magnesium also helps to regulate potassium, copper, zinc, calcium, and vitamin D levels in your body.

What is Magnesium?  Magnesium helps regulate and maintain so many of your bodily processes that a deficiency could create numerous health problems!

Probably, 80 to 90% of Americans are deficient in magnesium.  Is that why there are so many health problems?

Learning what prevents and helps magnesium absorption can be very powerful in preventing a magnesium deficiency.

Eating magnesium rich foods, taking Epsom salt baths, and taking magnesium supplements could help to provide your body with an adequate supply of magnesium.

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