Skip to comments.New Magnesium Discovery: Anti-inflammatory benefits
Posted on 07/25/2012 4:30:54 AM PDT by djf
Of all the minerals, magnesium has always been close to my heart in more ways than one. Magnesium is truly a wonder mineral
While people might be aware of the power of this mineral, there is now scientific evidence that takes magnesium to a new level.
A study was conducted on more than 3700 women who were post menopausal. The results were astounding in that it was revealed that magnesium has incredible anti-inflammatory properties.
This is great news for people like you and I who are health-conscious and do not wish to depend upon harmful medications to reveal inflammatory-related pain.
They also noticed that inflammation on the artery walls was minimized in patients who increased their magnesium intake.
People who suffer from heart disease will welcome this news as this makes it harder for plaque to settle on the arterial walls. It is this plaque that causes narrowing in the arteries and ultimately leads to coronary artery disease and other heart ailments. Magnesium helps to improve circulation in the body, and this prevents plaque formation as well
Today, many of us eat take out foods and processed foods on a daily basis, and these have less than adequate mineral content. Most of the food that we eat is robbed of minerals due to modern farming practices. Farmers keep reusing the soil to grow crops, and this robs the soil of minerals. Our food is below adequate when it comes to nutritional values.
It is a sure bet that there are more people suffering with inflammatory conditions today than might have been the case one hundred years ago. Likewise, heart disease is more prevalent now than ever before. People spend millions of dollars each year on anti-inflammatory medications
Apart from the fact that they are costly, they are also harmful if used on a long-term basis. Many of these medications actually perpetuate the situation and offer no long-term solution to the problem. One way to get around this problem is to combine healthy eating with a quality liquid ionic magnesium supplement.
Even if you are healthy at this point in time, it is wise to take a prevention is better than cure attitude to life.
By looking after your health now, you stand a good chance of ageing healthily free from pain and many other ailments. Parents should teach their children from a young age about good nutrition and the importance of correct mineral and vitamin supplementation, with magnesium in particular. This way, future generations will live longer, healthier and more productive lives.
And lately there have been a spate of articles indicating that inflammation, if not a causal factor in all fatal or debilitating diseases, is at least extremely aggravating.
Problem is two fold: magnesium is deficient in most American diets, and even when present, is notoriously hard for the body to absorb.
Don't believe me? Go to the drug store and buy some magnesium supplements. Take 500-1000 mg and get ready to be Prince of the Porcelain throne for a couple hours!
My solution is very simple, magnesium acetate, which can easily be made by adding half a tsp of Milk of Magnesia to a couple ounces of plain old vinegar. The ionic form of magnesium doesn't cause your gut to go wild.
I take 1000-1500 mgs of Magnesium every couple days. (above whatevers in my diet)
What evidence is there that consuming quantities of magnesium is not harmful?
Plenty, if you read the literature and know a bit of biochemistry.
Have at it!
MAGNESIUM FOR LIFE
There is a power and a force in magnesium that cannot be equaled anywhere else in the world of medicine. There is no substitute for magnesium in human physiology; nothing comes even close to it in terms of its effect on overall cell physiology. Without sufficient magnesium, the body accumulates toxins and acid residues, degenerates rapidly, and ages prematurely. Magnesium is the mineral of rejuvenation and prevents the calcification of our organs and tissues that is characteristic of the old-age related degeneration of our body.
Magnesium deficiency poses a direct threat to the health of our cells. Without sufficient amounts of this precious mineral our cells calcify and rot, becoming breeding grounds for yeast and fungi invaders all to happy to strangle our life force and kill us. Magnesium deficiency is carcinogenic, and in case of solid tumors, a high level of supplemented magnesium inhibits carcinogenesis.
Low magnesium is associated with dramatic increases in free radical generation as well as glutathione depletion and this is vital since glutathione is one of the few antioxidant molecules known to neutralize mercury. Glutathione requires magnesium for its synthesis. Glutathione synthetase requires magnesium ions to form glutathione.
Magnesium and toxicity Magnesium takes on further importance in the age of toxicity where our bodies are being bombarded on a daily basis with heavy metals. Without the cleaning and chelating work of glutathione cells begin to decay as cellular filth and heavy metals accumulate; excellent environments to attract deadly infection/cancer.
Several studies have shown an increased cancer rate in regions with low magnesium levels in soil and drinking water, and the same for selenium. In Egypt the cancer rate was only about 10% of that in Europe and America. In the rural fellah it was practically non-existent. The main difference was an extremely high magnesium intake of 2.5 to 3g in these cancer-free populations, ten times more than in most western countries.
Magnesium for the heart It is established that clinically significant changes in a number of electrolytes occur in patients with congestive heart failure (CHF). Magnesium ions are an essential requirement for many enzyme systems, and clearly magnesium deficiency is a major risk factor for survival of CHF patients. In animal experiments, magnesium has been shown to be involved in several steps of the atherosclerotic process as well as magnesium ions playing an extremely important role in CHF and various cardiac arrhythmias.
Magnesium deficiency appears to have caused eight million sudden coronary deaths in America during the period 1940-1994. Paul Mason
Magnesium is also required for muscle relaxation. Lower magnesium levels can result in symptoms ranging from tachycardia and fibrillation to constriction of the arteries, angina, and instant death.
Due to lack of magnesium the heart muscle can develop a spasm or cramp and stops beating. Most people, including doctors, dont know it but without sufficient magnesium we will die. It is more than helpful to understand that our life span will be reduced if we run too long without sufficient magnesium in our cells and that the principle way our life is cut short is through cardiac arrest. Yet when someone dies of a heart attack people never say He died from Magnesium Deficiency. Allopathic medicine is designed from the bottom up which means it ignores the true causes of death and disease. In the field of cardiology this is telling!
Magnesium is key protective factor for death from acute myocardial infarction. One of the most important actions of magnesium is its vasodilating effect, improving the blood supply and reducing infarct size.
The body has numerous compensatory mechanisms that allow magnesium deficiency to go undetected which leads to the development of what he calls “latent nervous system hyperexcitability.” In other words, a patient will already be deficient in magnesium prior to the development of symptoms. Too often the first clear sign of deficiency is cardiac arrest and death. Forty percent of all first heart attacks end in death!
High magnesium eaters were only half as likely to have any type of cardiovascular incident such as non-fatal heart attacks, strokes, angina (chest pain) or heart surgery.
Magnesium, without doubt the most powerful safe nutritional drug on earth, is not considered a drug at all when taken orally or when used topically as a bath oil or salt. No doctors office or family medicine cabinet should be without magnesium. Magnesium chloride solutions offer a medical miracle to humanity. Nothing short of a miracle is to be expected in terms of general health status if cellular levels of magnesium are increased during illness. And when sodium bicarbonate is used together with magnesium chloride we have the perfect mitochondrial cocktail.
It takes about four to six weeks to drive up cellular magnesium levels to where they should be when treated intensely transdermally and orally but within days patients will commonly experience its life saving medical/healing effects. That same power found in magnesium that will save your life in the emergency room during cardiac arrest, that will diminish damage of a stroke if administered in a timely fashion is the same power that can save ones life if one has cancer.
Magnesium chloride, applied directly to the skin, is transdermally absorbed
and has an almost immediate effect on chronic and acute pain.
Magnesium is a key element in dealing with depression Much is written about using Magnesium for depression, bi-polar disorders, ADHD, anxiety and other related symptoms.
Magnesium for Nerves Magnesium has a calming effect on the nervous system. With this, Magnesium promotes better sleep and is useful in overcoming headaches and migraines. But more importantly, it can be used to calm irritated and over-excited nerves. This is especially useful with epileptic seizures, convulsions in pregnant women and the ‘shakes’ in alcoholism. If magnesium levels are low, the nerves lose control over muscle activity, respiration and mental processes. Nervous fatigue, tics and twitches, tremors, irritability, hypersensitivity, muscle spasms, restlessness, anxiety, confusion, disorientation and irregular heartbeat all respond to increased magnesium levels.
Magnesium for Healthy Bones & Teeth Medical authorities claim the widespread incidence of osteoporosis and tooth decay in western countries can be prevented with a high calcium intake. Published evidence reveals that the opposite is true. Asian and African populations with a very low intake of about 300 mg of calcium daily have very little osteoporosis. Bantu women with an intake of 200 to 300 mg of calcium daily have the lowest incidence of osteoporosis in the world. In western countries with a high intake of dairy products the average calcium intake is about 1000 mg. The higher the calcium intake, the higher the incidence of osteoporosis.
Calcium, magnesium and phosphorus levels are kept in a seesaw balance by the parathyroid hormones. If calcium goes up, magnesium goes down and vice versa. With a low magnesium intake, calcium goes out of the bones to increase tissue levels, while a high magnesium intake causes calcium to go out of the tissues into the bones.
Dr Barnett, an orthopaedic surgeon practised in two different U.S. Counties with very different soil and water mineral levels. In Dallas County with a high calcium and low magnesium concentration osteoporosis and hip fractures were very common, while in Hereford with high magnesium and low calcium these were nearly absent. In Dallas County the magnesium content of bones was 0.5% while in Hereford it was 1.76%. The same applies for healthy teeth. Caries-resistant teeth in Herford County had on average twice the amount of magnesium as caries-prone teeth in Dallas County.
Many doctors and researchers are clear that magnesium deficiency is a significant factor often the major factor in many severe illnesses. Magnesium is one of the key minerals that we need in relatively large quantities. So how do we get enough magnesium to accomplish all of the many things it has to do in our bodies?
There is a way. . .Transdermal Magnesium Protocol
According to Dr. Norman Shealy oral magnesium supplementation takes between 6 to 12 months to restore intracellular levels whereas a transdermally applied magnesium solution with 25% magnesium chloride restores intracellular levels within 4 to 6 weeks. Some nutritional experts now believe that 750 milligrams of magnesium supplement per day is necessary but to take that much orally might upset the digestive system, cause diarrhea, and end up not being properly absorbed.
Therapy with magnesium is rapid acting, has a safe toxic-therapeutic ratio. Magnesium has minimal side effects in usual therapeutic doses and has a large therapeutic index. Meaning it is so useful that it is just negligent to not use it. In reality there is no medicine like magnesium chloride when it comes to the effect it has on the life of cells. Transdermal magnesium chloride therapy is inexpensive, safe, a do-it-yourself at home technique.
Used transdermally we have a potent natural substance that penetrates the cells with stunning results. The studies coming out every day provide more evidence of the need to supply adequate magnesium to people of all ages, and in a form that will be easily absorbed.
Thank you for this information. I recently was diagnosed with mild asthma and noted in an article that one common characteristic of asthmatic patients was a deficiency of magnesium.
About 80 years or so ago a French Doctor (MD) cured polio with 2500 mg doses of Magnesium Chloride given orally in divided doses every 4 hours...48 hours of this therapuetic dose did the job...with no paralysis, no need for iron lungs. He and another doctor used this therapy successfully many times with many patients...but the medical community didn’t want to know.
It’s absolutely known by now that magnesium is necessary for the proper absorption and utilization of calcium. I read an abstract the other day where mice were intentionally fed diets that caused calcification of the arteries in/around the heart. They then amped up the amount of magnesium in the diet, and the calcifications faded away.
It’s also well known that not enough magnesium will often lead to high blood pressure, and one of the first things they will give to you if you go to the hospital and have life threatening blood pressure is a huge dose of magnesium.
Calcium makes the muscles contract, magnesium makes them relax.
Just last weekend I heard about magnesium deficiency from a local doc on a radio show. The trick seems to be the matter of absorption. He suggested chelated and said others say take with calcium (I think?)
I personally like the vinegar and Milk of Magnesia approach. When you first mux them, it is cloudy. As you continue to stir it, (assuming you used distilled vinegar), it will soon become totally clear.
Then, you basically have ionic magnesium, and I have never had the “normal” reaction to too much magnesium.
(the normal reaction is for your intestines to flll with fluid and it all has to go somewhere...)
I take Milk of Magnesia about once a month just for the magnesium
There was a recording going around a few years back called “Dead Doctors Don’t Lie” that had a lot of quite interesting information by a medical doctor who was ALSO a veterinarian.
He pointed out that they give cows and other livestock many vitamins and minerals to keep them healthy because they are a PRODUCT -and if they get sick, they lose money.
So he compared preventative measures for animals to things that were similar in humans and started taking vitamins and minerals on a prevatative basis, similar to how they do for livestock.
For example, Magnesium is regularly given to cows and I thought it had somethign to do with digestion and preventing ulcers and stuff but I may be wrong- and so he started taking magnesium (Milk of Magnesia) and his problems cleared up... there were other good examples.
So... it seemed like good advice, but many medical doctors panned it (i can’t imagine what they found fault with)
great site link! thanks!
Yes. Item numbers 11 and 12 on the page I linked which is a list of 291 magnesium products.
so does it act as a diuretic?
Also.. doesn't mixing it with Vinegar cause the acid to change or bond with the magnesium so that it does not have the same effect internally? (Maybe it needs to bond with something inside your body)
Magnesium is a weak calcium channel blocker. Calcium and Mg use the same channel and compete for absorption. I do not take them together. If you must take both, take calcium in the a.m., magnesium in p.m.
Can I plug my business too....?
I think I’ll go with an epsom salts bath.
Bookmark for later
Also studies have shown people with asthma tend to be low in B6.
Thanks for the great summary.
that’s really cool- thanks
So plants have the magnesium we need?
Is there any plants or other foods we could eat that you know of that are rich in Magnesium?
This is a great thread, thanks.
Magnesium supplements can be harmful to patients with renal or kidney problems: http://www.easy-immune-health.com/magnesium-overdose.html
20 Fruits and Veggies high in magnesium - Per 1 Cup serving:
Spinach - canned 163 mg, fresh unsalted cooked 157 mg
Beet Greens - 98 mg
Dates - 77 mg
Okra - frozen 74 mg
Artichokes - 71 mg
Peas - 71 mg
Papayas - 64 mg
Potatoes - unpeeled 57 mg
Pumpkin - canned 56 mg
Sweet Potatoes - 56 mg
Collard Greens - cooked 51 mg
Corn - 48 mg
Squash - 43 mg
Cucumber - unpeeled 39 mg, peeled 34 mg
Rutabaga - 39 mg
Broccoli - 33 mg
Banana - 32 mg
Brussels Sprouts - cooked 31 mg
Grapefruit - 21 mg
Like they always tell you, green leafy vegetables, for one.
Nuts have alot. And I think certain seafoods are loaded with it.
Time was when many people drank well water of surface-flowing water that had worked it’s way through limestone type formations. I think that helps supplement their mineral needs.
Hard water can have a fair amount of calcium and magnesium, but here where I live in the PNW the water is ultra-soft.
Celtic Sea Salt contains three forms of Mg.
That’s so odd- some of the foods I have been craving (almost in that order too)
Spinach (uncooked) and beets I am dying for now... That is why I like a nice buffet at a restaurant - you can pick out all this stuff your body seems to be craving and not have to shop for 20 different things and have them spoil before you can eat them all
So once or twice a month i take the kiddies and go feast
How can you get it transdermally?
(excellent post! btw)
I take a supplement that contains calcium, magnesium and zinc. Have been taking it for years to help with fibromyalgia. Sure helps me.
Is there an “official” daily requirement for Mg?
Popeye was right!
“How can you get it transdermally?”
‘Transdermally’ is ‘absorbed through the skin’...apply Magnesium Oil (a saturated solution of magnesium chloride in water) or put a cup or so of magnesium salts in the tub and soak for 20 or 30 minutes.
The best form of magnesium to use for this is magnesium chloride. If that is not available to you, you may use Epsom Salts for the soak. Epsom Salts is magnesium sulfate.
I have severe Ankylosing Spondylitis, an inflammatory disease of the spine. It's caused alot of damage over 15 years until I was properly diagnosed just last year. I've been on Humira since and had good success, but I still have problems with my leg muscles (hamstrings, calves..) always being tight which causes other issues in being able to walk properly, and some sensory/nerve issues with my feet due to my legs constantly spasming.
I'm going to give some basic magnesium supplements a try. Hope it works better than the muscle relaxers I take, which provide minimal relief.
Many thanks also to the poster of this thread.
“I take a supplement that contains calcium, magnesium and zinc. Have been taking it for years to help with fibromyalgia. Sure helps me.”
Magnesium without the calcium would likely be as effective. Some with fibromyalgia also have a problem with mitral valve prolapse, a condition caused by calcium buildup in the mitral valve when there is a magnesium deficiency. Magnesium supplementation will often correct this.
Bookmarked—thanks for thread!
“I’m going to give some basic magnesium supplements a try.”
A magnesium soak in the tub will make a big difference, and doing so just before going to bed could help you get a really good night’s sleep.
Oral magnesium supplements do very little to raise your magnesium levels. I have tried transdermal magnesium and not had very good luck with it - it's oily and irritating to the skin. The angstrom magnesium, on the other hand, has been a miracle....my provider suggested 1 T twice a day. It tastes terrible, so I put it in a slug of chocolate coconut milk.
Angstrom minerals go right into your bloodstream, so there's not the gastric issues that other magnesium supplements can cause. This stuff has been life-changing.
My source is a bit cheaper than this....freepmail me and I will send you the website.
Thanks for posting. This is a very interesting thread.
I believe the ionic forms of magnesium are easily absorbable.
Magnesium Chloride, Magnesium Citrate, Magnesium Ascorbate, Magnesium Acetate, Magnesium Sulfate (epsom salts).
But Magnesium Oxide, Magnesium Hydroxide, and Magnesium Carbonate will go through you like stuff through a goose!!
Not a diuretic... more like a diarhetic!!
Up To 80% of Americans Are Magnesium Deficient... Are You?
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Magnesium deficiency is running rampant among Americans. One study sponsored by the National Institutes of Health shows that 68% of Americans are magnesium deficient.1 Other experts put the number closer 80%.2
Data from the 1999-2000 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey suggest that substantial numbers of adults in the U.S. dont get even the minimal amounts of magnesium recommended.
Of all the minerals required for good health, calcium has been pushed into the spotlight. There has been a flood of calcium-fortified foods, beverages, and supplements. Ironically, without magnesium, calcium cannot be properly used or absorbed by the body.
I seem to remember somewhere that soft drinks (specifically colas) deplete magnesium. Anyone else hear that?
I haven’t heard they do anything specific with Magnesium, but I have heard over and over that the phosphoric acid in sodas plays hell with body chemistry.
Put an iron nail in a can of coke some time and have the kids count the days till it’s totally gone...
How do you choke down 2oz of vinegar with half a teaspoon of Milk of Magnesia? that would be pretty rough.
Not if you stir it good.
The Magnesium Oxide neutralizes the vinegar acidity.
At first, it will appear milky or cloudy.
As you stir, it will become clearer and clearer.
Strangely enough, it has an oddly sweet taste to it!
If you can handle a glass of Cabernet, this should be no problem for you...
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