Jan 27, 2009

Mineral deficiency - magnesium deficiency

Hi everybody, Today I want to discuss one of the most common, but under diagnosed mineral deficiency-magnesium deficiency.

What doctors are saying about it:

  • “Without enough magnesium cells simply do not work.”- Dr. Lawrence Resnick, MD, Cornell University
  • “ Most modern heart disease is caused by magnesium deficiency. A vast and convincing body of research, largely ignored, has convinced us and many colleaques of this fact.”-Dr. Mildred S. Seelig, MD, MPH, author of “ The  Magnesium Factor”
  • “ Research has ovelwhelmingly demonstrated the critical relationship between low levels of magnesium and cardiovascular disease. So many hypertensive patients could benefit from increased intake of magnesium.”- Dr. Julian Whitaker, MD, one of America’s bestknown doctors of integrative medicine.
  • “ Magnesium has solved more ‘incurable’ and mysterious symptoms than any other mineral I have observed in 31 years.”- Dr. Sherry Rogers, MD, author of “ Depression Cured at Last”
  • “ A link between magnesium, diabetes and hypertension seems established beyond a reasonable doubt.”- Dr. Lawrence Resnick, MD, Cornell university

There are some research studies that clear indicate importance of magnesium supplementation:

Heart Disease and Hypertension

A study of over 10,000 people in the USA found that 79% were not consuming the US RDA daily intake of magnesium in there diet. Further study  showed  that 26% of the people in the study were taking magnesium supplements  and it was the group of people that demonstrated lower levels of C-Reactive protein. Elevated C- Reactive Protein is  becoming one of the most powerful predictors of heart disease.
Source: US Study, reported in the July 2006 issue of the Journal Nutrition Research.

An analysis of seven major clinical studies shows that intravenous magnesium reduced the risk of death by 55% after acute heart attack. These results were published in the prestigious “ British Medical Journal.”

In studies of native from Greenland, the Bantu people of southern Africa, Bedouin people of middle east and Aborigines of Australia, incidence of high blood pressure and heart disease were low due to high levels of magnesium in drinking water and food. When  these people moved to urban areas and began eating modern diet, they developed high blood pressure and heart disease as  often as people living in industrialized countries.
Source: Altura B.M. “Magnesium in Cardiovascular Biology”1995

Diabete

Three of the largest studies ever done on the incidence of disease are  the Harvard Nurses Health Study of 85,000 women, the Health Professionals Follow-up study of 43,000 men, and the Iowa Women’s study of 40,000 women. All three studies showed that those people with the highest levels of magnesium intake had the lowest risk for developing diabetes.

Stroke

A study of 98 stroke patients admitted to the emergency room of tree hospitals in New-York had low levels of magnesium and also demonstrated high calcium to magnesium ratio, which is sign of increased vascular tone and cerebral vessels spasm.
Source: Altura B.T.-“Low levels of serum magnesium found in patients after stroke”

Metabolic syndrome

In 15 year study of 5,000 young adults were found that higher intake of magnesium through    food and supplementation led to lower likelihood of developing metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is characterized by developing diabetes, obesity and hypertension, high cholesterol in one person.
Source: He K, Liu K, Moris SJ, Van Horn, “ Magnesium intake and incidence of metabolic syndrome among young adults”.

PMS

Recent studies showed that of 192 women taking 400mg of magnesium daily for PMS, 95% had less breast pain and had less weight gain, 89% had less nervous tension, 43% had fewer headaches.

Migraines

A group of 3,000 patients given 200 mg of magnesium daily had  80% reduction in their migraine symptoms.
Source: Mauskop A, Fox B, “ What your doctor may not tell you about migraines” 2001

The symptoms of magnesium deficiency are: muscle weakness and twitching, high cholesterol level, calcifications of soft tissue, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, PMS, depression, kidney stones, insomnia, chronic fatique syndrome, chronic pain syndrome, asthma, irritable bowel syndrome.

So, we have to get our magnesium from food and supplements.  The food source are:

Fish, dairy products, meats, seafood, green leafy vegetables, cantaloupes, kelp, apricots, avocado, bananas, garlic, grapefruit, figs, brown rice, nuts. Herbs that contain magnesium are: alfalfa, bladderwrack, chamomile, cayenne, dandelion,   fennel seed, lemongrass, peppermint, red clover, raspberry leaf.

I wish you good month ahead and do not forget about magnesium!

Dr. Natalie mineral deficiency & magnesium deficiency chiropractic specialist


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