“So what – isn’t everyone tired these days?”
Well yes the pace of life does seem faster, and we do always seem to be busy, and being tired would seem quite normal. But what if you are continually tired, and your muscles are aching and you just don’t feel you are ever going to get on top of things. Even a full night’s sleep in a comfortable bed does not seem to kick-start you the next day either. I would suggest you think Magnesium. But before running off to the local pharmacy or health food store, do some sleuthing and learn all you can about this most valuable of minerals.
If you do decide to take supplemental magnesium it is terribly important to realize that cellular magnesium repletion may alter your need for l-tryptophan, melatonin, St. John’s Wort, antidepressants, sleep medications, cholesterol lowering drugs, thyroid medication, insulin, diabetic drugs, anti-hypertensive’s, diuretics and other medications. If you are taking any of the above please make sure to check with your physician as you will need to monitor and reduce or eliminate these medications.
I have to tell you that when it comes to Magnesium I have discovered that Dr. Mark Sircus is a wonderful source of information. I have been reading his materials and following his web articles for many years. I believe it was Dr. Mark who first introduced me to the understanding that – in nature – nothing happens in isolation. The elements he was then discussing were Magnesium and Calcium. This made sense when you consider that Calcium causes things to harden – think bones and Magnesium causes things to relax – think muscles.
Then think arterial calcification / plaque deposits and kidney stones – definitely not where you want calcium deposits to form. Magnesium is known to assist the body to send calcium where it is supposed to be – in your bones and teeth not in your arteries.
We have all been brainwashed into believing we ‘need’ to take supplemental calcium. The following may help you rethink this inaccurate dogma:
If you believe that bones are made of calcium, you have subscribed to The Calcium Lie. You’re not alone. Most consumers and, surprisingly, most doctors, believe that bones are made of calcium.
Yet any basic biochemistry textbook will tell you the truth: Bones are made of at least a dozen minerals and we need all of them in perfect proportions in order to have healthy bones and healthy bodies.
If you get too much calcium, through food sources or by taking supplements, you set yourself up for an array of negative health consequences, including obesity, Type 2 diabetes, Type 2 hypothyroidism, hypertension, depression, problem pregnancies and more.
For more information, please visit the Calcium Lie website at: http://www.calciumlie.com/
Dr. Mark is not the only wonderful source for information about Magnesium, but you will never be short of information and links to new research if you follow his site.
Recently I re-read some Magnesium information from Jodi Bassett at the Hummingbirds Foundation for M.E. and felt I should pass it along far and wide – hence this blog today. You do not have to suffer from this most debilitating disease to appreciate what Jodi has written in regards to Magnesium Deficiency.
Many Doctors either are wary of, or deny the therapeutic benefits of vitamins and minerals. Basically in my most un-humble opinion this is because they are not trained in the benefits of them when they do their medical training, which is of course, sponsored by the Pharmaceutical interests – who have a monopoly on drugs, and see natural therapies as competition for your hard-earned dollars.
Jay S. Cohen MD, author of The magnesium solution for high blood pressure, makes the statement that, ‘Most doctors are wary of supplements that come with all sorts of promises and miracle stories. They should be and so should you. Fortunately, magnesium comes with scientific evidence that dwarfs the evidence presented for many top-selling prescription drugs.’
What are the symptoms of magnesium deficiency?
Symptoms of magnesium deficiency include muscle cramps, restless legs syndrome, heart palpitations, morning stiffness, cramps, chest tightness or inability to take a deep breath, chocolate cravings and headaches or migraines. Raising magnesium levels to optimum may also help stop oesophageal spasms and tremors or shakiness, reduce pain levels, treat vertigo, make sleep deeper and more restful/refreshing, as well as reduce sensitivity to sudden loud noises and bright lights and neurological overstimulation generally.
With more severe magnesium deficiency numbness, tingling, seizures, personality changes, frequent urination, extreme hunger and thirst, blurry vision that changes from day-to-day, abnormal heart rhythms, and coronary spasms can occur.
Magnesium deficiency can cause a number of symptoms which can mimic anxiety or behavioural disorders or depression. These include symptoms such as anxiety, panic attacks, anger, nervousness, disorientation, hyperactivity and restlessness with constant movement, loss of appetite, nausea, lethargy, depression, and insomnia. (Magnesium deficiency is one cause of these symptoms but is of course not the only possible cause.) For more information on the symptoms of magnesium deficiency see the Magnesium for life website or the website of magnesium expert Dr Carolyn Dean.
I do hope you will follow all the links provided in this blog, as this is what you need to learn about. Very few GP’s study this subject and most will (if pushed) do a simple blood test that will not really tell the story of what is happening at your cellular level.
But to continue – which type of magnesium does the best job?
Another way of saying this is which type of magnesium
is more bio available – gets into my cells?
Lots of the articles available online are written by or for companies who are promoting a particular product. Think on that before you jump right in and lay out $$$ on a particular type of magnesium. Try and find articles written by unbiased observers.
By way of an example: Ancient Minerals will try to persuade you to use their Trans-dermal product (through the skin absorption) and will lay out for you all the reasons their product may be better than others. I actually find that a skin preparation (cream) I use sometime, which is Trans-dermal, does help my aching wrists and knees. That is not to say it is worse than or better than an ingested type of magnesium. It simply works faster at that particular point in time for me.
Always do as much research as you can so that when you finally decide (if you do) to buy a Magnesium Supplement, you are getting what you paid for and will be happy with the results. When I first began supplementing with magnesium it caused me to need shares in a toilet paper factory. I was used to the concept of bowel tolerance with supplemental Vitamin C, and was amazed to find that the same applies with magnesium.
One site I recently discovered was having a conversation about the different types of magnesium and their specific bioavailability at the cellular level. You may find it most interesting.
This site also discusses the eleven common types of magnesium, and highly praises the OROTATE kind. I was impressed with this information, and went health shopping – seeking for it. It was difficult to find on the shelves, and even at a compounding (natural) pharmacy was not available. A conversation with the pharmacist led to me finally purchasing Magnesium Citrate.
The most effective form of magnesium supplement, created through the use of the mineral salts of orotic acid. Both plants and animals use orotates to create DNA and RNA. Extensive scientific research done by Hans A. Nieper, M.D. has found that orotates can penetrate cell membranes, enabling the effective delivery of the magnesium ion to the inner-most layers of the cellular mitochondria and nucleus. Magnesium orotate contains many properties that can help protect you and your health, while offering your cells the most readily absorbable form of magnesium on the market today.
Derived from the magnesium salt of citric acid, this form of magnesium has lower concentration, but a high level of bioavalibity (90%). Magnesium citrate is commonly used as to induce a bowel movement, but has also been studied for its ability to help prevent kidney stones.
As in all things you need to be your own sleuth, do your own research and be happy with your choices.
In Dr. Mark Sircus’ latest blog, he reminds us that many modern pharmaceuticals can deplete our limited magnesium stores. This is something your Doctor may not be aware of and it will pay you to learn about for the sake of your health.
Anything that drives down magnesium levels is going to hurt us. Many pharmaceutical drugs drive magnesium levels into dangerous zones and surgery done without increasing magnesium levels is more dangerous than surgery done when magnesium is administered before, during and after surgery. Dr. Matthias Rath says, “Almost all the prescription drugs currently taken by millions of people lead to a gradual depletion of vitamins and other essential cellular nutrients in the body.”
|Antibiotics||Vitamins A, B-12, C, E, K, Biotin, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium|
|Chelators||Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Zinc|
|Anticonvulsants||Vitamins B-2, B-12, C, F, K, Folic Acid, Calcium, Magnesium|
|Antidiabetics (Oral)||Vitamins B-2, B-12, C, D, Folic Acid|
|Aspirin||Calcium, Folic Acid, Iron, Potassium, Vitamins C, B Complex|
Other drugs or substances that cause loss of body magnesium:
- Beta-adrenergic agonists (for asthma)
- Corticosteroids (CS) (for asthma)
- Theophylline (for asthma)
- Phosphates (found in cola drinks)
Proton Pump Inhibitors
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is informing the public that prescription proton pump inhibitor (PPI) drugs may cause low serum magnesium levels (hypomagnesemia) if taken for prolonged periods of time (in most cases, longer than one year). Information about the potential risk of low serum magnesium levels from PPIs will be added to the WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS sections of the labels.
In 2009, approximately 21 million patients filled prescriptions for proton pump inhibitor (PPI) drugs that drive magnesium serum levels down. In approximately one-quarter of the cases reviewed, magnesium supplementation alone did not improve low serum magnesium levels and the PPI drugs had to be discontinued. This would not have been the case if researchers had been more knowledgeable about magnesium supplementation and how to more effectively administer it.
Hypomagnesemia is under-recognized and under-reported, yet clinically serious adverse events are commonly reported symptoms of hypomagnesemia. One of the hidden dangers of hypomagnesemia is that it produces impaired parathyroid hormone secretion, which may lead to hypocalcemia.
Just before I finnish off this long blog today, I want to reiterate the importance of YOU doing your own research. You may think your Doctor and your Hospital will know everything there is to know and – will do all in their power to save your life and make you well.
There is a phrase which I seem to remember goes something like this:
The Road to Hell is paved with Good Intentions
May I also suggest you take a few minutes extra and read another of Dr. Mark’s articles which shows that not all medical personnel who will be looking after you if you get sick – know about the life saving benefits of Magnesium Therapy. Hospitals Don’t Have a Clue.
Until Next Time,
Blessings One and All………. JustMEinT
Some other resources:
A Great Book: The Magnesium Factor.
Mildred S Seelig M.D., MPH, and Andrea Rosanoff, Ph.D
A Great site: The Benefits of Magnesium
- Relax your nerves and muscles
- Build and strengthen bones
- Keep your blood circulating smoothly
What events can indicate a need for more high-magnesium foods?
- Muscle weakness, tremor, or spasm
- Heart arrhythmia, irregular contraction, or increased heart rate
- Softening and weakening of bone
- Imbalanced blood sugar levels
- Elevated blood pressure