The Marvels of Magnesium
Americans are woefully deficient in magnesium, a mineral which has been shown to be vital for protection against conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure. The reality is that getting enough magnesium is easy, but it makes a huge difference in your health.
Research shows that 75 percent of those living in the West don’t consume sufficient levels of magnesium. That is a massive deficiency. Why does this matter? Magnesium — along with calcium, iron, phosphorous, potassium and zinc — is a crucial macro mineral necessary for optimal health. This means that we need at least 100 mg per day to remain healthy. With the research showing that three out of four are deficient in magnesium, it’s no wonder Americans are among the world’s sickest people.
Magnesium is among the most abundant elements in the human body, where its ions are essential to living cells. It is a cofactor in the manipulation of compounds like adenosine triphosphate (ATP, the “universal energy molecule”), deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) and ribonucleic acid (RNA), which are essential. In fact, magnesium ions are necessary for HUNDREDS of enzymes to function properly and help normalize hyperactive nerve function and vasoconstriction (spasm of blood vessels).
According to Cornell University’s Lawrence Resnicj, M.D., “A link between magnesium, diabetes and hypertension seems established beyond a reasonable doubt.”
Consider how magnesium influences these health problems:
This is important. According to endocrinologist Zachary T. Bloomgarden, M.D. “Ninety percent of individuals with type II diabetes have low levels of free intracellular red blood cell magnesium.” And according to the Harvard Nurses Health (which studied 85,000 women), the Health Professionals Follow-up (which studied 43,000 men), and Iowa Women’s Health (which studied 40,000 women), those people with the highest magnesium intake levels had the lowest risk for developing diabetes.
Hypertension, Heart Disease:
As far back as 1990, the British Medical Journal published an analysis of seven major clinical trials of the time and found that following a heart attack, those who received intravenous magnesium reduced their risk of death by 55 percent. In 1995, the British Journal of Nutrition published the results of a double-blind, placebo-controlled study of people who consumed 411-548 mg of magnesium daily. This group achieved a reduction in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. In 2006, the journal Nutrition Research reported on a study of more than 10,000 people in the United States, which showed that those who consumed the daily recommended amount of magnesium “demonstrated lower levels of C-Reactive protein. Elevated C-Reactive protein is quickly becoming one of the most powerful predictors of heart disease.” I take Magnesium every day. Yesterday I checked my blood pressure it was 115 over 65…I am 56 years young.
Stroke: In 1998, the journal Stroke reported on a study of stroke among residents of Taiwan. They compared the 17,133 cases of death by stroke between the years 1989-1993 against 17,133 other causes of death and determined that “the higher the magnesium levels in drinking water used by Taiwan residents, the lower the incidence of stroke.” This statistic is however a bit more nebulous. While the mineral magnesium may be in the water it is difficult to absorb. You don’t digest non-chelated minerals very well. There are probably additional factors influencing this statistic.