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  • Do you feel like something is missing? You may notice a difference just days after correcting this mineral deficiency

Do you feel like something is missing? You may notice a difference just days after correcting this mineral deficiency

What do anxiety and irritability, cramps, dizziness, fatigue, loss of appetite, heart spasms, muscle weakness, nausea, nervousness, poor memory and tingling hands have in common? If you were to plug these concerning symptoms into Dr Google, you might be met with the unofficial “diagnosis” of a devastating disease. But, in reality, these pressing symptoms that can often confuse doctors and compromise quality of life may all be traced back to a magnesium deficiency.

Magnesium deficiency can cause symptoms that are acute to chronic, ranging from mild to severe. These symptoms may last a lifetime, if left untreated. Because magnesium deficiency is so prevalent today, affecting as much as three quarters of the Western population based on estimates from the World Health Organization, 1 many of the above symptoms have been accepted as normal – when they are anything but. A growing number of medical professionals, along with natural health practitioners, now refer to this missing mineral as an “invisible deficiency” that is becoming harder and harder to diagnose. The reason why? The now-common symptoms of magnesium deficiency can be difficult to decipher, leading even the most skilled physicians into a misdiagnosis of another health problem that presents with similar symptoms. The cause for this confusion is really quite simple. Magnesium affects every part of the body. This mineral, involved in over 300 biochemical reactions in the body, is needed in ample amounts to keep healthy systems functioning each day. If you want a healthy heart, a healthy brain, a healthy digestive system, a healthy reproductive system, healthy muscles, healthy skin, and so much more – it may be time to supplement the mineral that is missing.

Do you feel like something is missing?

MAGNIFICENT MAGNESIUM: FROM HEAD TO TOE

In her book, Magnesium: The Miracle Mineral, Dr Sandra Cabot writes, “One thing I’ve noticed in researching the subject is that some medical professionals do not believe there is a magnesium deficiency crisis. In fact, they will tell you that while surveys might indicate many people in even the most developed countries do not receive the recommended daily minimum amount, magnesium deficiency is still rarely recognised.”2

She continues, “There are a number of reasons I don’t agree with this, beginning with surveys that suggest at least four out of every 10 people – or 40 percent of the population – are magnesium deficient. I’ve seen statistics that show Germans have an average intake of only 67 percent of the RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) of magnesium, while the Japanese lag even farther behind at 53 percent.”

Nutritionalist, author and broadcaster Robert Redfern states in his book, The Magnesium Manual, “Many refer to our modern, widespread magnesium deficiency as a ‘silent epidemic.’ Magnesium deficiency has already reached epic proportions in humans and probably animals too... Even a slight lack or full-blown deficiency can quickly cause problems – approximately 99 percent of the magnesium in your body can be found in bone, muscle and soft tissue.”3

Doctors and nutritional experts have begun speaking out, and research agrees. Magnesium deficiency, even at low levels, can slowly start to cripple the entire body, in men, women and children alike.

Mineral deficiencyHere is a clearer picture of how your body relies on magnesium each day:

1. Alzheimer’s disease. Chinese researchers from the Department of Life Science and Health at Shenyang discovered in 2015 that magnesium ions could help to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease by interrupting amyloid plaque development in the brain. In mouse models, taking magnesium helped to alleviate cognitive decline.4

2. Arthritis. In 2012, University of North Carolina researchers analysed magnesium in the diets of over 2,000 men and women, aged 45 and older, along with taking x-rays of their knees. Almost 40 percent of the group had some signs of knee osteoarthritis, and Caucasian patients who had the lowest levels of magnesium in their diets were more than twice as likely to have osteoarthritis of the knee.5

3. Asthma. In a seven-trial review conducted on intravenous emergency room magnesium use for patients with acute asthma, magnesium was found to be safe and beneficial to treat severe asthma attacks.6

4. Blood pressure. University of Hertfordshire researchers found in 2012 that magnesium supplements could offer a small but significant reduction in blood pressure, with a greater reduction seen at higher doses. Elevated blood pressure is a major risk factor for fatal heart and renal diseases.7

5. Chronic fatigue. When conducting the first randomised, placebo-controlled, double-blind trial of its kind, University of Southampton medical school researchers discovered that magnesium therapy helped to improve pain, energy and emotional states in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome.8

6. Depression. Following several case studies, Eby Research Institute scientists learned that patients with major depression saw a quicker recovery after taking 125-300mg of magnesium, several times a day.9

7. Diabetes. Taking a magnesium supplement can also help to decrease the risk of diabetes, based on a 19-study review from China’s Nantong University conducted in 2015. Reviewing over half a million study subjects, researchers found that a high magnesium intake was linked to a 23 percent lower risk of diabetes, compared to a low magnesium intake. Increasing magnesium intake by just 100mg a day could reduce diabetes risk by 16 percent.10

8. Heart disease. Extensive research backs magnesium’s effect on the heart, with new studies regularly coming to the forefront. The 2015 study published as part of the Rotterdam Study, The Netherlands, in the Journal of the American Heart Association, analysing data from 9,820 men and women aged 55 and older, found that higher magnesium intake could lower the risk of heart disease and sudden cardiac death. Study participants with low magnesium intake had a 36 percent higher risk of heart disease mortality and a 54 percent higher risk of sudden cardiac death, compared to those with mid-range magnesium levels.11

9. Migraines. Decades ago, a study published in Clinical Neuroscience confirmed that migraine sufferers have lower intracellular magnesium levels, which can be found in both red and white blood cells, compared to people who do not get migraines.12

10. Osteoporosis. Magnesium and calcium have a unique relationship in the body. Both minerals are needed to balance each other and support bone health. Having too much calcium, coupled with a magnesium deficiency, can cause unused calcium to accumulate in the body, contributing to deteriorated cartilage, achy joints and even arthritis. A study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, based on the statistical analysis of diet and bone mineral density conducted on longitudinal study participants in the original Framingham Heart Study from 1948, found that high- magnesium diets helped to protect against long-term bone mineral density loss, a precursor to osteoporosis.13 The American Academy of Pediatrics also suggests that magnesium may be just as important to children’s bone health as calcium.14

11. Pancreatic cancer. Another recent study from 2015 at Indiana University found that magnesium intake could be beneficial in preventing pancreatic cancer. Analysing over 66,000 men and women from the ages of 50 to 76, researchers found that every 100-mg-per-day decrease in magnesium was associated with a 24 percent increase in the development of pancreatic cancer, known to have a very low survival rate.15

12. Pregnancy. Magnesium intake during pregnancy may not only help to support a growing baby, but it could save a life. In a meta-analysis conducted on five prospective cohort studies and six case- controlled studies, researchers concluded that a magnesium treatment could greatly reduce the risk of cerebral palsy and mortality in babies born prematurely.16

13. Sleep. A Journal of Research in Medical Sciences study confirmed that almost 50 percent of older adults suffer from broken sleep or insomnia, and magnesium may help. Researchers found magnesium to improve sleep disorders and insomnia among the elderly – and the general population too.17

14. Stress. Magnesium has been called the “relaxation mineral,” and for good reason. When researchers conducted an experiment on 100 adults aged between 51 and 85, with poor quality sleep, they discovered that taking a magnesium supplement could help to improve signs of low magnesium in the body, including markers of chronic inflammatory stress.18 This study, however, could not assess how magnesium deficiency contributes to poor sleep since the magnesium intake did not change within the experimental study period.

15. Sports. As researchers explained in a paper published in the American Society for Clinical Nutrition in 2000, the sports world’s interest in magnesium was first piqued in the early 1980s when a magnesium- deficient female tennis player used a magnesium supplement to relieve frequent muscle spasms. Researchers also found a positive trend between magnesium intake and energy among a small sample of female runners. In related studies, magnesium supplementation was shown to improve muscle function, though it was not proven to enhance performance among active adults.19

THE DAILY DOSE YOU NEED

There’s no doubt about it – this research is inspiring. To think that one little mineral, which every cell relies on for cellular respiration and energy each day, can make such a world of difference is simply amazing.

At first glance, increasing magnesium intake seems like a no-brainer. After all, wouldn’t it be easiest to get our daily magnesium from food? The unfortunate news is that mineral levels – all mineral levels – in the soil and in our food supply, have been dropping dramatically for decades. Based on the wide scope of estimations from governments and independent scientists, magnesium in food may have been reduced by anywhere from 20 to 80 percent in the past 60 years. In a 2003 study on the mineral depletion of foods in the UK from 1940 to 1991, vegetables lost 24 percent of their magnesium content on average.20

Of course, it is still vitally important to eat a really healthy diet of fresh, organic foods. Leafy greens, fish, buckwheat, nuts and seeds, lentils and beans and avocados (considered a nutritionally whole “superfood”) are naturally rich in magnesium, but that does not change the fact that magnesium levels in food cannot be trusted.

Most participants in the 15-plus studies above who saw success in improving their health and quality of life were taking a magnesium supplement. You may already know that there are countless magnesium supplements on the market, making it difficult to choose the right one. The best magnesium supplement is one that has the most efficient delivery system – ensuring that magnesium is not lost as it is processed by the body, and that the money you have spent is not wasted.

Magnesium pills and powders, which may contain harmful additives like magnesium stearate, can have absorption rates as low as 5 to 10 percent. This makes transdermal magnesium (stearate-free) the preferred way to take your daily dose, directly through your skin. As you may already know, your skin is the largest organ in your body. When magnesium is applied to the skin as a spray, lotion or gel, it can immediately reach the bloodstream. The potency and dosage of the mineral will not be “lost” through the skin as we see with powder and pill supplements which must make their way through the digestive tract.

A magnesium spray that contains MSM (methylsulfonylmethane), a naturally occurring organosulfur compound found in all vertebrates, becomes even more powerful. MSM is an essential source of organic sulphur, with sulphur being the third most abundant mineral in the body. On top of the dozens of benefits that magnesium can provide, MSM has benefits of its own when taken transdermally – providing nutritional support, offering antioxidant protection, aiding in detox, strengthening the skin, and supporting bone and joint health to ease symptoms of osteoarthritis. For direct and immediate health support, magnesium and MSM can be applied daily to the skin in several convenient forms: as an oil, lotion, gel or in bath flakes.

Recognising that your body needs this marvellous missing mineral is only the first step. To relieve symptoms like aches, pains, anxiety, muscle spasms, headaches, sleep difficulties, and more – and to help protect against even more serious disease – it all comes down to mineral absorption. Are you taking daily magnesium that your body can use?

Transdermal magnesium therapy may be so effective because it is as old as time. This ancient practice began thousands of years ago when people used to soak in hot springs to “get their health back” by restoring depleted mineral levels.

Today, we use the same rapid delivery system to replenish our bodies.

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