If we give the most valuable player of a team an MVP award, would we give an MVM to the most valuable mineral for our health? If so, magnesium might take the prize. All biochemical reactions in the body require an enzyme, or substance that acts as a catalyst, to help the reaction take place and get going. Magnesium is an extremely important and valuable mineral, as it plays a role in over three hundred of those enzyme reactions in the body. Magnesium has an important job in ensuring the body and mind are functioning at their best.
It’s discouraging to note that magnesium supplementation is dramatically under utilized by conventional physicians, as up to half of all Americans are deficient in this nutrient. Magnesium deficiency can affect nearly every organ system in the body, and accounts for a long list of symptoms and diseases. To be a little more specific, there are over 3,500 medical references out there on magnesium deficiency. Yep, that’s a lot!
One specific system that is dramatically affected by magnesium deficiency is the central nervous system, which can very likely lead to conditions such as ADD/ADHD. Magnesium is used to calm the nervous system, which is extremely important in treating children with hyperactivity issues. Research shows positive correlations between supplementation with magnesium and a significant decrease of hyperactivity for those with ADD/ADHD.
Magnesium is pretty much a stress antidote that calms hyperactive symptoms by relaxing the mind and the body. It is found in all your tissues, but mainly in your brain, bones, and muscles. In the brain, it’s used to make the neurotransmitters involved in attention and concentration, and when your stock of these neurotransmitters is high, things work a lot more smoothly. Smooth = calm.
With the right amount of magnesium present in the body, children can think clearer and concentrate better. Magnesium is also a key factor in the production of serotonin, an important neurotransmitter that provides a feeling of calm and well-being. Low levels of serotonin are associated with irritability, moodiness and depression.
Eliminating magnesium deficiency in children and adults is a process. You must first work to remove stressors that cause magnesium deficiency, like emotional stress and foods that aren’t beneficial to the body (coffee, alcohol, and sugar). Yes, bad foods can stress your body, which is why it’s extremely important to avoid processed junk foods and refined sugars and replace these nutrient-poor meals by eating nutritious foods rich in natural minerals. Once you’ve begun reducing the stress, taking an extra magnesium supplemental will help you on your path as well.
By the way, magnesium supplementation is also beneficial for a number of other symptoms, particularly anxiety, chronic fatigue, insomnia, and autism.
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Written by Melissa Warner
If you suffer mostly from asthma and bronchial spasm, then you definitely should add an EASILY ABSORBED form of magnesium to your daily regimen. There are two really effective forms of magnesium that do not affect the bowels – so if you’ve avoided magnesium due to it’s laxative effect, you no longer have to! My friend, Dr. Carolyn Dean MD, ND wrote in her book The Magnesium Miracle, the following six reasons why magnesium is important in the treatment of asthma:
1. Research shows that many patients with asthma and other bronchial diseases have low magnesium.
2. Both histamine production and bronchial spasms increase with magnesium deficiency.
3. Many drugs used in the treatment of asthma cause a loss of magnesium, only making symptoms worse.
4. Magnesium is an environmental detoxifier reducing the triggers for asthma.
5. Magnesium relieves stress to alleviate the emotional triggers for asthma.
6. Patients treated with simple magnesium supplementation report marked improvement in their symptoms.
If you tend towards constipation and would like a little help with your bowel movements, you can take magnesium citrate, 300 mg per day. But if you want to bypass the digestive system (or take a larger dose), then take your magnesium in nanoparticle (angstrom-sized) form, or topically as transdermal magnesium oil – this oil can either be applied directly to your skin, or added to your bath or footbath. For complete details and instructions, see my blog post all about easily absorbed forms of magnesium.
Since our soils have become depleted of minerals, it is estimated that up to 60% of the population is deficient in magnesium, so likely ALL people would benefit from adding this essential mineral to their daily intake. I even give magnesium daily to my kids and it prevents them from getting cramps or ‘growing pains’ as they’re both competitive athletes (aged 9 and 11).
Here’s a story from one of Dr. Dean’s clients who even used magnesium to cure her dog’s asthma!
“The dog owner said that she’d read that asthma is caused by a magnesium deficiency. Since her dog has asthma attacks she decided to start spraying magnesium oil on the dog’s belly and it worked. It prevented attacks and it also stopped an attack if she applied it as soon as one occurred. She said the best way to apply the magnesium is to spray it on your hand or a cotton ball and rub it on the dog’s skin keeping it from running into the private parts. The magnesium is salty and oily so it can be irritating and if that’s the case, it would need to be diluted with water.”
So personally, I would use both a substance (like glutathione, or hydrogen peroxide/colloidal silver) in my nebulizer AND supplement aggressively with magnesium.