Scary headline isn’t it? The fact of the matter is that most people are deficient in this powerful relaxation mineral which is responsible for over 300 enzyme reactions and is found in all of your tissues — but mainly in your bones, muscles, and brain!

What is this miracle mineral I’m speaking of? It’s magnesium.

Think of magnesium as the relaxation mineral. Anything that is tight, crampy, irritable, and stiff – whether it is a body part or an even a mood is a sign of magnesium deficiency.

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A deficiency in this critical nutrient makes you twice as likely to die as other people, according to a study published in The Journal of Intensive Care Medicine.[1] It also accounts for a long list of symptoms and diseases — which are easily helped and often cured by adding this nutrient. You must have it for your cells to make energy, for many different chemical pumps to work, to stabilize membranes, and to help muscles relax.

Magnesium is a crucially important mineral for optimal health, performing a wide array of biological functions, including but not limited to:

  • Activating muscles and nerves

  • Creating energy in your body by activating adenosine triphosphate (ATP)

  • Helping digest proteins, carbohydrates, and fats

  • Serving as a building block for RNA and DNA synthesis

  • It’s also a precursor for neurotransmitters like serotonin

Magnesium from Mendeleev's periodic table

In addition to support for cardiovascular[2-6] and bone health,[7,8] energy metabolism[9,10] and mood,[11-13] researchers are now focusing intensely on magnesium’s benefits for cognitive function.[14]

Unfortunately, it is very hard for your body to maintain optimal levels of magnesium in the brain.[15] This problem is of special concern for maturing individuals, as magnesium deficiency increases over time.[16]

LEX-16039-1Most commercially available magnesium supplements are not readily absorbed into the nervous system. To overcome this obstacle, you can supplement with an innovative form of magnesium called Neuro-Mag, shown to specifically target the aging brain and nervous system.

Take 400mg magnesium 30-60 minutes before bed. Too much will result in diarrhea aka disaster pants.

 

 

References and Sources

[1]  Tong, GM and RK Rude. 2005. Magnesium deficiency in critical illness. J Intensive Care Med 20 (1):3-17. Review

[2] Ann Pharmacother. 2002 Feb;36(2):255-60.

[3] Br J Sports Med. 2006 Sep;40(9):773-8.

[4] Congest Heart Fail. 2006 Jan-Feb;12(1):9-13.

[5] Clin Calcium. 2012 Aug;22(8):1227-34.

[6] Clin Calcium. 2012 Aug;22(8):1217-26.

[7] J Bone Miner Res. 1998 Apr;13(4):749-58.

[8] Curr Osteoporos Rep. 2009 Dec;7(4):111-7.

[9] Clinica Chimica Acta. 2000;294:1-26.

[10] Magnes Res. 2011 Dec;24(4):215-9.

[11] Pharmacol Rep. 2008 Sept-Oct;60(5):588-9.

[12] J Neural Transm. 2007 Sep;114(9):1129-34.

[13] Prog Neuropsychopharmacol Biol Psychiatry. 2009 Mar 17;33(2):235-42.

[14] Neuron. 2010 Jan 28;65(2):165-77.

[15] Neuron. 2010 Jan 28;65(2):165-77.

[16] Available at: http://www.mit.edu/press/2010/magnesium-supplement.html accessed December 10, 2012.

 

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