Magnesium, also known as Mg, is important to our health – that’s such a cliché statement that we never stop to wonder why or how. But it also happens to be a mineral we take for granted. After all, when’s the last time you tested your Mg levels? Well, here’s why our collective hat should go off to magnesium.
Magnesium helps turn food into energy, according to the NHS. And it's also a cofactor to more than 600 enzyme reactions, regulating protein synthesis, blood pressure, glucose control, and muscle and nerve function, according to the National Institutes of Health. Jaw-dropping, isn’t it?
We only need about 300mg of magnesium per day, as adults. In an ideal world, a well-balanced diet would easily provide it. An avocado, a serving of tofu, a pinch of parsley, and a handful of dried pumpkin seeds would nearly cover it. Ironically, dark chocolate is one of the richest sources of dietary magnesium, so even a chocoholic could score high on Mg.
As the Functional Medical Institute puts it, we draw most of our Mg from plants. They, in turn, take it from the soil and store it in chlorophyll. Ahem; remember to eat your greens?
But if farmers don’t replenish Mg levels in the soil every season – and they don’t –, the reserves are depleted. Also, if plants and green vegetables are harvested too early – and they are -, the Mg-rich chlorophyll levels are drastically reduced. To top it off, it's hard for the human body to absorb and retain this mineral, as this study claims. Ergo the Mg deficiency that snowballs into degenerative diseases. Intriguing, isn’t it?
Luckily, there are various dietary supplements based mostly on Mg salts that can help counteract these effects. So, why don’t people take them?
The human body stores about 25mg of Mg, mostly in bones and soft tissues, Size according to the National Institutes of Health. But don’t get your hopes up! Less than 1% is available in blood serum, and the kidney tries to keep this level stable by pumping some of it out in urine.
There are various ways to assess Mg levels, mainly based on dietary intake. Blood serum tests assess the levels of both active and inactive Mg complexes. The active ones, the Mg ions that join in biochemical processes, are the ones that matter. Currently, only the Blood Ionized Magnesium Test can tell them apart. Problem #1: this is not a routine test. Problem #2 and the kicker: not many labs are equipped for it.
So, lab tests don't always reveal a deficiency. As for clinical assessments, medical professionals won't typically trace the root of your health problems all the way down to minerals. They tend to focus on regulating enzyme and hormone levels, rather than the minerals that caused the imbalance. But that’s not all. Clinicians are simply oblivious to how widespread Mg deficiency is.
A cofactor like Mg can’t single-handedly cause or cure anything. And even though it should, it’s not usually prescribed for cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis or migraine with aura.
So, not all people know that Mg supplements could help them. For instance, even though Mg has been proven to reduce hypertension by inducing vasodilation both directly and indirectly, few doctors prescribe Mg for it.
Dr. Carolyn Dean, author of 'The Magnesium Miracle' claims that Mg has been prescribed to patients with heart disease for the better part of a century. But in an age when drug companies finance most drug research, a substance like Mg, which can’t be patented, is readily overlooked. Did the penny just drop?
Wait, there’s more. Heart drugs like digoxin deplete the body of Mg. That’s the same Mg that helps stabilize heart muscle activity. So, these drugs eventually become toxic, Dr. Dean claims. Ironic, tragic; you decide.
Dean points to the work of two doctors who have studied Mg their entire lives, Drs. Bella and Burton Altura. A selection of the nearly 1,000 of their studies is available on The Magnesium Website. It shows that the benefits of Mg are grossly underestimated.
Together, the good doctors found that Mg should be involved in the treatment of tens of diseases. The list includes anxiety, asthma, blood clots, bowel disease, cystitis, depression, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, hypoglycaemia, and insomnia. Their research also suggests Mg intake can prevent kidney disease, liver disease, migraine, musculo-skeletal conditions, nerve problems, tooth decay, and osteoporosis. They must be on to something.
But access to Mg has much to do with funding. Even though magnesium sulphate is essential to treating pre-eclampsia, for instance, the World Health Organization says magnesium sulphate reserves in maternity units across the world are unacceptable. Yes, hospitals are Mg deficient too, not just patients! Considering far less research and funding go into obstetrics and gynaecology than in fields like oncology, there’s no surprises.
Odds are you too have Mg deficiency. But don’t panic. If you have subclinical magnesium deficiency, regular Epsom salt baths can help. Or you could try taking food supplements for a few months. But here at enlite.me, we have something far better in store for you.
Magnesium salts are absorbed very quickly through the skin. They’re extracted, filtered, and processed into cosmetics and medicine from pure and priceless deposits buried deep under the Zechstein sea. How long have they been there, you ask? A quarter of a billion years. And that’s precisely why Magnesium chloride, Bischofite, magnesium oil, aloe infused gel, and bath flakes from the Zechstein sea are the only magnesium salt products said to be 'pure'.
Here at enlite.me, we offer food-grade Zechstein magnesium chloride powder that truly is pure. It’s a fountain of youth, a panacea, a cure-all, and an ancient elixir. And we won’t stop here; stay tuned for our upcoming line of self-care magnesium oil-based products.
Take a teaspoonful of Pure Magnesium daily, or sprinkle some into your water, juice, kefir, or buttermilk. It offers you an instant energy boost, lasting relief, and lifelong rejuvenation. If eating or drinking the powder doesn’t tickle your fancy, then pamper yourself with a soothing Mg footspa.
The mineral is easily absorbed through the skin, so you’ll feel it working its way through the body. So, what are you waiting for? Meet Pure Magnesium, your miracle mineral today!
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