MAGNESIUM

 

Magnesium is one of the most important (if not THE most important) mineral in the human body. Normally we would get our magnesium from plants. However, with the advent of industrial farming, much of the topsoil is stripped of essential minerals. We can no longer rely on food to give us the minerals we need.

The current RDA for adults is between 320 and 420mg daily, and the average US intake is around 250mg or less daily. Therefore, in today’s day and age, it is not only important, but essential to supplement with a high quality, liquid, ionic, colloidal mineral, like TMR (Trace Minerals Research).

Magnesium plays such an important role in biochemical reactions. It is involved in a lot of cell transport activities, in addition to helping cells make energy aerobically or anaerobically. In the brain, potassium and sodium balance each other. In the heart and other muscles. Your bones are a major reservoir for magnesium, and magnesium is the counter-ion for calcium and potassium in muscle cells, including the heart. If your magnesium levels are too low, you can experience muscle cramps, arrhythmia, and even sudden death. Ion regulation is extremely important in regards to how muscles contract and nerves send signals.

Magnesium deficiency is widely regarded as a contributing factor in depression, behavioral disturbances, headaches, muscle cramps, seizures, ataxia, psychosis, and irritability – all reversible with magnesium repletion. It is also important to point out that our body excretes magnesium through the urine during times of high stress. Which brings up another important point. It is pretty clear now that stress (oxidation and free radicals) are the main contributor to most health problems.

Another major problem is the standard testing cannot be relied on to accurately determine a deficiency. Several recent studies suggest that the Mg to Ca ratio may tell us more information regarding a deficiency.

There are some safety considerations with respect to magnesium supplementation. If you have normal kidney function, you do not have myasthenia gravis, bowel obstruction, or bradycardia, you should be able to supplement without any issues. In addition, magnesium interferes with the absorption of certain pharmaceuticals, including dixogin, nitrofurantoin, bisphosphanates, and some antimalaria drugs. Magnesium can reduce the efficacy of chloropromazine and tetracycline classes of antibiotics, among a few others.

With that said, most people can safely take a mineral supplement and enjoy marked improvement in overall wellness. We recommend taking a liquid oral magnesium of around 400mg to 600mg, under the tongue, as well as regular soaking in a mixture of magnesium sulfate and magnesium chloride.

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Of course, as with all supplements, consult your doctor if you have known kidney disease or are very elderly.