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The Magic of Magnesium

February 5 2013

The Magic of Magnesium
By: Debra Meszaros
Body Performance Coach- ClubMX

Reality is, if there was one magical pill we could take to balance our health we’d all be taking it right? With all the progress science makes each year, why is it that one does not exist by now? If we could sum up optimal health and life in one word what would it be? BALANCE.

So far we have not discovered the one element that has the power to balance everything, but there are a few primary foundational nutrients that can help pave the way towards it. One of them is magnesium.

It seems magnesium is one of the most overlooked vital components to health. When it comes to Osteoporosis, Doctors focus on calcium; but despite the majority of people with these conditions supplementing with calcium, they still struggle to overcome the condition. Fact is calcium is present in almost every type of food you consume; it is found just about everywhere in plentiful supply. It is suggested that your calcium to magnesium levels be in a ratio of 2:1. Calculate your dietary intake of calcium and magnesium, and you just might find you’re out of balance! Magnesium is not as plentiful in our foods as calcium is. To maintain the suggested 2:1 ratio, it’s more likely it is magnesium you need to concentrate on, not calcium. Taking a calcium supplement may even push you further from balance.

The fourth most abundant mineral in the body is magnesium, with 80% of it found within your bones. It is involved in hundreds of bodily reactions. It activates enzymes that metabolize vitamin D, a primary hormone that activates the building of bone. Low magnesium levels in the body correlate with low vitamin D levels, as they are synergistically connected. To manage your vitamin D levels, you need to pay close attention to your magnesium levels.

Why should you consider focusing on magnesium?

It’s involved with: bone health, heart rhythm, immune system, blood sugar levels, blood pressure regulation, energy, the synthesis of protein, and muscle and nerve health. In other words it does a lot. Placing key foods into the diet rich in magnesium will be beneficial in maintaining optimal levels; here are some magnesium rich foods: spinach, squash, Brazil nuts, almonds, pinto beans, halibut, pumpkin seeds, black beans, and toasted sesame seeds. The Vitamin D Council suggests optimal daily intake of magnesium to be between 490 and 700 mg to maximize its benefits. The best forms of supplementation are always found in true whole food form. Unfortunately, there are far less whole food supplement products on the market than synthetic. Doing your research to be sure if you choose supplementation that it is in whole food form will be most beneficial, since absorption rates vary greatly between the two forms. Whole food forms usually have an absorption rate relatively close to 100%, where as synthetic forms as little as 14%. It’s not uncommon for 100mg of whole food form to equal 1,000mg of synthetic. If you’re spending your money exploring the magic of magnesium, spend it wisely.

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