Calcium and Magnesium

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You may be wondering why I have a separate page for these two elements together.  The correlation between these two vital minerals, calcium and magnesium, is so important that I wanted you to understand the serious significance of an imbalance between the two.  The imbalance is invariably too much calcium and not enough magnesium.  It is nearly always calcium that is in abundance in comparison to very little magnesium and Ca without Mg can have devastating affects on your health.  There is an average of 10 times more calcium than magnesium in our diet today.  There is no doubt that magnesium deficiency is an epidemic in these modern times.

MgversusCaHave you noticed how often you are told that a food has plenty of calcium in it, for strong  bones and healthy teeth?  All the adverts on the TV stress how much calcium is in their food products, especially childrens’ foods like, milk, yoghurts, cheeses; snacks to take for school lunches.  The elderly are advised to take calcium supplements to avoid bone fractures, especially broken hips.  Without magnesium this is positively the wrong thing to do.  Have you ever noticed this same attention being given to Magnesium, I doubt it.  Well, take heed, if you have too much calcium in your body in relation to magnesium, you are putting your health at serious risk.  Calcium will run amok in your body if it doesn’t have magnesium to keep it under control and working properly. Without enough magnesium, calcium can be positively dangerous.  It will actually migrate to parts of your body where it doesn’t belong.  It can cause spasms in your muscles, yes that includes your heart muscle, it will hang on to plaque and stick it to your artery walls, it will migrate to your kidneys and cause kidney stones, you could also get gall stones.  Calcium is essential for good health and strong bones but it won’t do the job if magnesium isn’t there to control it.

Magnesium actually keeps calcium dissolved in your bloodstream, heart, brain, kidneys and all other tissues in your body.  If you don’t have enough magnesium in your body to keep calcium dissolved then you will likely develop muscle spasms, atherosclerosis  (hardening of the arteries), fibromyalgia, tooth decay, breast tissue calcification.  Calcium deposits in the bladder can cause rigidity and lowering of capacity, leading to frequent urination.  All muscles contain more magnesium than calcium, or they should do and this includes the heart and blood vessels.  A lack of magnesium will allow calcium to flood the smooth muscle cells of the blood vessels and cause spasms.  This in turn will constrict the blood vessels which will cause increased blood pressure, arterial spasms, angina and heart attack.  The correct balance of magnesium in relation to calcium can prevent these problems.  the Paleolithic diet which evolved with our bodies over many millennia, was estimated to contain an equal ratio of calcium to magnesium and this is the ideal balance now as it was then.  Because of our modern day diet, it is almost impossible to achieve this one to one ratio without supplementation.  It is estimated that most modern diets have a ratio of 10:1 Ca to Mg.

Now look at these two RDAs (recommended daily allowance) tables from the National Institutes of Health.  The RDA for Calcium is recommended as being nearly 4 times that of Magnesium for 51 year old females and over, despite numerous studies which show the dangers of a higher Ca to Mg intake.

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Our attention has been focussed on the ‘VIP’ of minerals, calcium.  We have been lulled into a false sense of security by taking a good amount of this ‘megastar’ of all supplements.  This has been exacerbated by the misleading advertisments from food moguls and the medical professional alike.  You can’t really blame the medics because vitamins and minerals are not even on the curriculum of medicinal studies.  Doctors are taught about diseases, illness and the sick body, not wellness.  Their studies are somewhat controlled by the drug companies who want to control your illness, not cure it.  Curing a disease does not keep the funds coming in to pay for all the research and keep the coffers full.  A drug would not be worth the expense if it was only used a few times and then was unnecessary because it cured the patient.  Don’t forget, big pharma is just another large consortium of several companies.  They are just a business and profits are the name of the game, even if it’s at the expense of the best way to treat your illness.

Once qualified, doctors in the UK are required to continue their education to keep up to date.  This is called ‘continual professional development’ (CPD).  The NHS does not help with this requirement but nevertheless, doctors are obliged to educate themselves on all new medical innovations and practices.  They must accrue a certain amount of ‘credits’ each year to satisfy the medical fraternity.  As there is no budget or funding for this requirement, big pharma have stepped in to fill the breach, which lends itself to them crossing the line into promoting their drugs.  There is an unease as to where education stops and promotion begins.  One thing they will not promote is vitamins and minerals, there’s no money in something that is natural but it doesn’t mean to say it’s not the best way to lead a healthy life.

Magnesium is a completely natural and harmless element.  It has no side effects and It has grown with us as we have evolved throughout the centuries.  We are now disregarding this vital nutrient at our peril.  How many people over many years have suffered unnecessary heart attacks, strokes, heart arrhythmias, migraines, kidney stones, gall stones, osteoporosis, pre-eclampsia, depression, cerebral palsy, raynaud’s disease, glaucoma, cataracts, infertility, insomnia, diabetes, the list goes on and on.

Do yourself a big favour, start taking magnesium supplements today.  Eat plenty of the foods that are as magnesium rich as our growing methods allow and start leading the best life your genes will allow.