"Magnesium - it is a Miracle!"

Magnesium is miraculous - a sentiment echoed by many WA polio survivors, their friends and families.

The book "The Miracle of Magnesium" written by Dr Carolyn Dean MD ND published by Ballantine 2003 New York, bears out a lot of the recent findings on magnesium we have made ourselves here in WA.

Some excerpts from her book and our own experiences include this information -
 
Composition of Magnesium in Body
53% in bone   19% in soft tissue
27% in muscle   1% in blood, sweat, fat
 
MAIN SYMPTOMS OF LOW MAGNESIUM
tension (muscle & emotional)
tightness - inability to relax
hypersensitive - high strung - on edge

These actions can be seen in the following areas -
 
EFFECT ON MUSCLES & NERVES
*  headaches, migraines
*  tight sore aching knotted muscles
*  backache, shoulder girdle ache, chest pain
*  cramps, twitches, spasm,
*  inability to sit still, fidgety, restless
*  restless leg syndrome, cold hands & feet
*  anxiety, agitated, nervy, ready to explode
*  panic attacks, irritable, apprehensive, aggressive
*  poor attention span & concentration, ADD

 
EFFECT ON SLEEP
*  body jumps on point of going to sleep,
*  legs restless & jumping - (wears holes in sheet),
*  leg & anal cramps, body rocking,
*  grinding teeth, hiccups, lump in throat feeling
*  poor breathing, sleep apnoea,
*  wake stiff & sore
*  feet feel puffy, swollen, sore to walk on on rising
can feel every pebble through shoes or crumb on sheet

 
MAGNESIUM & ASTHMA
1.  Research show that many patients with asthma & other respiratory diseases have low magnesium.
2.  Many drugs used to treat asthma cause a loss of magnesium so only make symptoms worse.
3.  Patients treated with simple magnesium
 supplementation report marked improvement

 
MAGNESIUM & DIABETES
 1.  Magnesium deficiency may be an independent
 predictor of diabetes.
 2.  Diabetics both need
 more magnesium & lose
 more magnesium than
 most people.
 3.  Magnesium is necessary
 for the production, function & transport of insulin.

 
MAGNESIUM & the BRAIN
1.  Magnesium protects the brain from toxic effects
of chemicals such as food additives.
2.  Magnesium is a natural blood thinner, preventing clots, strokes, blood vessel spasm & pain.
3.  Magnesium relaxes head & neck muscle tension
that makes migraines worse.
4.  People with Alzheimer's & Parkinson's have been found to be low in Magnesium.
5.  Low magnesium produces symptoms of anxiety, depression, fatigue, insomnia, anorexia, confusion, poor memory, apprehension, nervousness.

 
 
 
 
Dietary Sources of Magnesium - mg/100g
kelp 760 rye flour 115
wheat bran 490 oat meal 110 
sunflower seed 354 shrimps/prawns 110
wheat germ 336 brown rice 88
hazelnuts 285 spinach/silverbeet 68
almonds 270 apricots - dried 65
cashews 265 chocolate 55
brazil nuts 225     sardines 52
tea 220 green peas/beans 35
ginger powder       184 potato with skin 34
nutmeg 183 bananas 33
peanuts 175 broccoli or cauliflower 24
pecans 142 carrots 24
wholemeal 140 celery 22
walnuts 131 eggs 10
macadamia 116 lettuce 9

MAGNESIUM DEPLETED BY
 
DIETARY - alcohol, caffeine, soft drinks
*  foods containing -
 dairy, lactose, sugar, fats
*  phytates (grains - wheat, rice, corn
     oats, seeds)
*  legumes - (beans, soya, coffee, peanuts)
*  oxalics (spinach, rhubarb, fig)
MINERALS - calcium, copper, fluoride,
 iron, lead, mercury, phosphorous
PHYSICAL - excessive exercise,
  sweating, stress
  vomiting, diarrhoea
  coeliacs, Crohn's
  malabsorption, kidney disease
  liver & gall bladder disease
  bowel surgery, dialysis
  gut infections & parasites

 
 

EFFECT ON HEART & BLOOD VESSELS
*  abnormal heart rhythms, palpitations, racing pulse
*  high blood pressure, heart attacks
*  poor circulation, purple hands & feet
*  tingling, prickly feeling, crawling sensation on skin
*  light headed, dizzy, numbness
*  muscles seize up in cold due to constriction
*  skin sensitivity - sore to touch
*  noise sensitivity - TV too loud, lawn mower hurts ears

 
MAGNESIUM and the HEART
* Magnesium prevents clot formation
* Magnesium prevents artery spasm
* Clots form where blood vessels divide
* Infection can damage arteries
* Low magnesium = loss of elasticity


 
Weak points in heart blood vessels develop when low magnesium.  Loss of stretch allows blood vessel to tear where it divides (think of it like the crutch of a pair of pants).  The body tries to fix the weak spot with an inelastic clot made of cholesterol and calcium.  Increasing available magnesium & Vit C restores elasticity and fixes wall.

 
MAGNESIUM, CHILDREN & ADD
Signs of low magnesium in children include - restless, can't keep still, body rocking, grinding teeth, hiccups, noise sensitive, poor attention span, poor concentration, irritable, aggressive, ready to explode, easily stressed, growing pains

 
OSTEOPOROSIS, KIDNEY & GALLSTONES, PMT
1.  Magnesium keeps calcium dissolved in blood so it is not deposited in joints as osteo arthritis, blood vessels as artheriosclerosis, kidney & gall stones, patches in lungs and beneath skin.  Boron & magnesium help bone formation in fractures and osteoporosis.
2.  Magnesium is needed for hormone production so helps prevent problems associated with PMT, meno-pause & depression.

 
 
 
WHAT HELPS MAINTAIN Mg LEVELS

1.  Need stomach acid for absorption so take lemon juice or apple cider
 immediately before meals

2.  Nutrients
B6 helps at cellular level, boron - stabilise Mg & Ca
medium chain fatty acids, Vitamins A & C, taurine, insulin

3.  Exercise improves retention in body & incorporation into bone

4.  Needs protein transport molecule (chelated magnesium has amino acid)

5.  Water - drink 8 -10 glasses per day


 
MAGNESIUM and FOODS
1.  Alcohol causes magnesium to drop causing headaches, dizziness, hangovers
2.  Body acidity (meats & grains in diet) increase need for Mg to neutralise
3.  Sugary foods use up more Mg

 
Mg ABSORPTION BLOCKED BY
1.  FOODS - fatty foods, grains, soya, seeds, nuts diet sweeteners, diet drinks & foods, processed meats, soft drinks, dairy foods, coffee, alcohol, high protein diet, Aspartame ie nutra sweet
2.  INDIGESTION & ANTACIDS
low hydrochloric acid, fermentation of sugars in stomach, backflow of pancreatic enzymes.
3.  CALCIUM in antacids cause excretion of Mg from body.

 
DRUGS THAT LOWER MAGNESIUM
1. Antibiotics (esp tetracyclines)
2. Anti-fungal (amphotericin)
3. Diabetic drugs (insulin)
4. Heart drugs (digoxin, beta-blockers, diuretics ie water pills)    (NB beta-blockers are used for migraine too)
5. Asthma drugs (tablets,sprays, injections)
6. Hormonal (the Pill, HRT)
7. Chelation agents & chemo


 
 
 
 
 

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