Magnesium Deficiency Is Dangerous

Why All The Fuss About Magnesium Chloride
by Lyne M. Seppala, N.D., M. H.

Government studies have shown that the average American diet provides less than 40% of our daily magnesium requirements. Those same studies have also shown that 80% of the American public is deficient in magnesium.

The more processed food a person consumes, the more magnesium depleted he is. High intake of fat, sugar, sodium, phosphate, and even calcium supplementation further depletes our magnesium levels.

Stress increases the body’s need for magnesium. Magnesium blocks the action of the stress hormone adrenalin. It calms people with anxiety. Exercise also increases the body’s need for magnesium.

According to Dr. Margaret Seelig, M.D., M.P.H., and leading researcher of magnesium in health and disease for more than 35 years; studies have shown that the greater a person’s magnesium intake, the lower one’s risk of developing heart disease, high blood pressure, and sudden death.

Numerous studies have proven that chronic magnesium depletion leads to mitral valve prolapse, the formation of blood clots, heart attack, angina, hypertension, arteriosclerosis, over reacting to stress hormones, overproduction of cholesterol, and insulin resistance. It also can trigger back spasms that are often blamed on old disk injuries. It also causes muscle spasms, migraines, spas-tic colon, eye twitches, asthma, depression, insomnia, heart arrhythmias, and Raynaud’s Syndrome.

In low magnesium states, cells begin to malfunction: blood tends to clot even if there is no wound. The secretion of adrenalin increases abnormally. Cholesterol production and metabolism becomes abnormal. All muscle cells, including the heart and blood vessels, tend to contract and become unable to relax. There is increased production of free radicals and susceptibility to oxidative stress. Arteries stiffen and develop a buildup of plaque. Glucose cannot be properly processed as a result of insulin resistance.

Clinical research has shown the direct cause of Syndrome X/Metabolic Syndrome is due to magnesium deficiency. As far back as 1988, it was proven that all test subjects with Syndrome X had abnormally low magnesium ion levels inside the cells.

Dr. Seelig has gone on record as stating the type II diabetes is actually nothing more than a magnesium deficiency.

Magnesium is a vital component of all muscle cells. Over 350 enzymes require magnesium directly to function properly. Magnesium is directly necessary to the enzymes that break down glucose, that control production of cholesterol, that make nucleic acids such as DNA, that make proteins, and to the enzymes that keep potassium inside cells.

Magnesium directly fuels the enzyme that controls cholesterol systhesis, known as 3-hydroxy-3-methyglutaryl-coenzyme A Reductase. This enzyme regulates how much cholesterol is made by the body. When enough magnesium is available to the body, the enzyme can easily be turned off, keeping cholesterol levels at a normal level. If not enough magnesium is available for this func-tion, HMG-CoA reductase is turned on all the time and too much cholesterol is made. Magnesium has been proven to lower LDL cholesterol and to raise HDL cholesterol.

When magnesium intake is low and calcium intake is high (and who isn’t supplementing calcium these days?), people are more prone to heart disease; even when compared to people with low calcium levels. High calcium tends to make things stiff and hard – causing calcification. And the more calcium that is supplemented, the further magnesium depletion becomes. (emphasis mine)

Low magnesium and high calcium levels lead to high blood pressure. And remember this: conventional blood pressure medications will lower blood pressure even in people with normal readings. Proper nutrition and magnesium supplementation NORMALIZE it.

Magnesium has been proven to prevent pre-eclampsia in pregnant women. Even more startling, it was shown that in women with deficient magnesium levels had a much higher rate of preterm births, low birth weight babies, and a much higher infant death rate.

Calcium exists mainly outside of cells, where almost all magnesium is found inside of cells. Assessing magnesium status is difficult. Only 1% of the body’s magnesium is in the serum.

Calcium excites nerves, whereas magnesium calms them down. Calcium along with potassium, is necessary for muscle contractions; whereas magnesium in necessary for muscles to relax.

Calcium in required for the blood clotting reaction. Magnesium keeps the blood flowing freely and prevents abnormal coagulation.

Calcium is found in the bones and gives them much of their hardness, whereas magnesium is found mainly in the soft structures. Bone matrix, the soft structure within the bones contains protein and magnesium and gives the bones some flexibility and resistance to brittleness.

In the United States, what we call Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is known as Latent Tetany of Magnesium Deficiency in Europe.

If you, your family, or friends are taking conventional blood pressure medications, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, diuretics, calcium channel blockers or betablockers, these medications are depleting their bodies of even more magnesium.

Other medications that are known to deplete magnesium are: drugs used to treat irregular heartbeat, heart failure, diuretics, some asthma drugs, some anti-psychotic and anti-schizophrenic drugs, some antibiotics, penicillian-class drugs, tetracycline class drugs, antifungal & antiparasitic drugs, chemotherapy and radiation, immunosuppressant drugs, corticosteroid drugs, antacids, calcium, synthetic vitamin D, and large quantities of caffeine.

Is magnesium supplementation safe? Absolutely. Even in doses well above therapeutic levels, at the most it only has a laxative effect. By using magnesium chloride in a liquid state, it is in the most readily available and best absorbed form to the body.

Problems Associated With Low Magnesium Levels

Cardiovascular: arrhythmias, cardiac arrest, sudden death, heart palpitations, hypertension, mitral valve prolapse, angina.

Digestive: constipation, difficulty swallowing.

Genitourinary: kidney stones, urinary spasms.

Gynecological/Reproductive: menstrual cramps, pregnancy related hypertension, PMS, sponta-neous abortion, miscarriage, low birth weight.

Metabolic: carbohydrate resistance, insulin resistance, low serum calcium that cannot be cor-rected with supplementation, low serum potassium that cannot be corrected with supplementa-tion, elevated serum phoshporus, Vitamin D resistance.

Musculoskeletal: muscle cramps, muscle soreness (including backache, neck pain, tension head-aches, TMJ dysfunction), muscle tension, muscle tetany, muscle twitches.

Neurological: convulsions with severe deficiency, migraine (and other types of headaches), hear-ing loss, ringing in the ear, hyperactivity, restlessness, constant movement, insomnia, numbness, tingling, tinnitus.

Mental: agoraphobia, anxiety, depression, irritability, panic attacks.

Other: chest tightness (often expressed as “I can’t seem to take a deep breath”) also seen as fre-quent sighing, chronic fatigue, cravings for carbohydrates, cravings for salt, sensitivity to bright lights in the absence of eye disease, and sensitivity to loud noise.

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