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Magnesium, The Forgotten Mineral

Ca cubeCalcium, the most important mineral for bones?

Well, actually no it isn’t.  What about Magnesium, the forgotten mineral? There’s no denying that Calcium is important but in this modern age, we seem to be over consuming this alkaline metal. Calcium should be found mostly in the bones and teeth but I’m afraid it’s being found in all kinds of places where it shouldn’t be.

Our food is being fortified with Calcium?

How many adverts do you see with ‘fortified with Calcium’ or ‘Calcium rich for strong teeth and bones’.  The fact is that Calcium (Ca) is a bit of a rogue. If it isn’t under control, it can run amok in your body, causing all sorts of ailments and problems.

Yes, you heard me, Ca can be a rogue, if not controlled.  In fact in can be dangerous!
How often do you hear parents going on about getting enough Ca into their children. How many parents stress about the Ca intake their children must have. How many parents buy foods that they consider to be rich in Ca to make sure their children grow up with strong bones and healthy teeth. Has anybody mentioned Magnesium (Mg) at all?

Why are our foods being fortified?

Well just think about it. Ca is the star mineral supplement. The food manufacturers are just boy with milk cartonlarge companies. What’s the most important consideration that a food company thinks about first?  Profits! They know that you think that Ca is the bees knees and so they jump on the band wagon and produce all kinds of products with Ca because they know you will buy it, because you’re going to buy anything you think is good for you and your family.

You have been mis-informed!

You have been entirely mis-informed and mis-guided and I’m sorry to say that this myth that loads of Ca can be nothing but good for you, is put about by many health professionals.  There have been many studies about the relationship between Ca and Mg. A new study, concentrating particularly on children’s health, shows that Mg in a childs diet is the key to producing strong bones and teeth.  Researchers found that dietary Ca was not significant when associated with bone mineral content or bone density.

Mg regulates Ca

This study was presented to the Pediatric Academic Societies in Washington DC in 2013. It confirms that Mg regulates the amount of Ca in a child’s body and consigns it straight into the bones where it belongs. If Mg is not in sufficient quantities in the body, Ca ends up depositing into parts of the body where it does not belong like the kidneys, coronary arteries and cartilage.

So, what’s gone wrong?

One of the problems is that our medics are not trained to be aware of the benefits of vitamins and minerals. This is not their fault, their training does not deal with wellness and Doctors don't knownaturopathy and much of it is under the control of big pharma who deal with sickness and the drugs that can be used to manage that sickness. You notice I say ‘manage’ not cure.  Secondly, our soils are so depleted in natural vitamins and minerals due to agricultural practices, fertilizers and pesticides, that most of the population is now deficient in many nutrients, Mg being the one  exceptionally important to our well-being.

What can be done?

For a start, if you or your children are taking Ca supplements while still eating dairy produce, milk and other normal foods, then don’t.  If a medic has advised you to take Ca without taking Mg, I would question it.  Do your own research. This is your body and your children’s welfare we’re talking about here.

Get genned up!

Get genned up and learn what your body needs to be healthy.  If you approach your doctor about the benefits of Mg, don’t be surprised if you get a frosty reception or a blank look. We should all take a stand against taking drugs when an important nutrient will do the job as well and with no side effects.

Check out this site about the ailments you could succumb to if you don’t have enough Mg in your body. The ratio between Ca and Mg should be around 1:1. At present, it is estimated that the normal diet ratio is coming out between 5:1 and 10:1. Just do a quick Ca:Mg ratiocheck of how much Ca you ingest in a day and  then compare it to your Mg intake; you’ll be surprised. Ca is in many foods and the food manufacturers often fortify with Ca. How often to you see Mg being fortified? How often do you see Mg even being mentioned?!!

Women are more at risk!

Women are more at risk of being overloaded with Ca. Those that have been diagnosed with osteoporisis will no doubt have been told by their medic that they must increase their Ca intake. An NHS webside writes:
“You may not need or want to take medication to treat osteoporosis. However, you should ensure you’re maintaining sufficient levels of calcium and vitamin D. To achieve this, your healthcare team will ask you about your diet and may recommend making changes or taking supplements.”

Why are we being mis-informed?

This is a typical example of mis-information. They fail to inform the patient that in fact Vitamin D production will be hindered with a Mg deficiency which will further weaken bones.  Also without sufficient Mg, Ca metabolism will be compromised which will lead to Ca migrating away from the bones and towards areas of the body it shouldn’t be, such as the kidneys! Osteoporosis sufferers, according to surveys, have low levels of Mg in their bodies.

calcium in armDr Thomas Levy wrote in his book Death by Calcium “Recent scientific data provides an overwhelming case against calcium”.  Osteoporotic bone has too little Ca in it, that’s true. But the rest of the body has too much Ca which settles in unwanted areas and soft tissue. The longer osteoporosis has been in the body, the greater the excess of Ca outside the bone.  The image shows massive calcification in the upper arm.  How did it get there?

Mg has a massive impact on the quality of our bones.

  1. Mg regulates Ca transport.
  2. Mg activates an enzyme needed to form new bone.
  3. Mg is necessary to activate vitamin D to help Ca absorption.
  4. Mg stimulates calcitonin, a hormone which helps maintain bone structure.
  5. Mg ushers Ca out of soft tissue and blood into the bone where it belongs. This reduces the incidence of kidney stones and arthritis. Research has shown that the  little known vitamin K2(MK7) along with Mg and vitamin D3 will actually help remove Ca from soft tissue and usher it to the bones where osteocalcin takes over to keep it there. 
  6. Mg inhibits parathyroid hormone, preventing it from weakening bones.
  7. Moderate levels of Mg are vital for absorbing and metabolizing Ca.

And lastly…

Take a Mg supplement. Even without checking, you will surely be deficient.  Mg is just not in our food anymore, to the degree it was a century ago.  Stress is another Mg depleter. We are all under immense mental and bodily stress in this modern age and this will reduce our Mg levels.

We need Mg like we need water.

It is one of the most fundamental Mg glassnutrients and electrolytes. Without it you will be unwell and could even suffer serious side effects, not least heart disease, stroke, atherosclerosis and diabetes. Many of the drugs we take for these conditions can deplete Mg further.

Which supplement to take?

Mg citrate is ideal if you require a gentle laxative effect and it can be taken orally in powder or tablet/capsule form.  Many who are Mg deficient, suffer with constipation.  The powder form allows you to adjust your doses very accurately to suit you.  It is also very useful for child constipation as it is completely tasteless and can be put into drinks or soups etc..

If you don’t want a laxative effect then go for Mg chloride (MgCl2).  This compound is totally bio-available and is by far the best supplement IMHO.  (ReMag produced by Dr Carolyn Dean is MgCl2).  Ionic Mg is also MgCl2.  It can be used topically too.  It is easily absorbed through the skin and those with a sensitive stomach will appreciate this form of Mg supplement. For those who don’t like the taste, it can be easily disguised with a drop of cordial.  

Mg oxide is the cheapest form of supplement and needs to be avoided.  It will generally be inside inexpensive multivits and other low-priced supplements.  It is poorly absorbed so you need a hefty dose most of which will go straight through you.

Start searching for the best supplement for you and notice how different you feel after taking it for just a day or two. You will have more energy, you will sleep better, your digestion will improve, back aches, muscle spasms and cramps will diminish.  The benefits are endless.  By the way, an adult needs between 300 and 400mg of elemental Mg per day, Ches Power Authorminimum.  I take between 500mg and 600mg per day of Mg Chloride, depending on what I’ve eaten.  All my previous ailments have gone, including digestion problems, eye twitches, back ache, painful muscle spasms, sciatica, brain fog, anxiety, depression, stress, anger, irritability, sound familiar?  I still get insomnia sometimes but that is always after a day of not taking my quota of Mg. 

What is a Coronary Calcium Scan

what is a coronary calcium scanI want to explain to you exactly what is a coronary calcium scan.  Many will not have heard of it but those who have, may have had one of these tests done.  The test gives a score of the likelihood of getting heart disease.  The higher the score, the more chance of having a heart event.

This image shows severe calcification of the left anterior descending coronary artery (red arrow).  The portion of the circumflex coronary artery within the imaging plane (white arrow).  The aortic root around the origin of the left main coronary artery (yellow arrow). Continue reading What is a Coronary Calcium Scan

Too Much Calcium = Side Effects

electron microscopeOur Scanning Electron Microscope

My husband Andrew, has spent much of his life working with scanning electron microscopes (SEMs).  He first learnt how to use an SEM when he was with The Wellcome Foundation doing analytical biochemistry.  A few years later he went to The Wellcome Foot & Mouth Disease Virus Laboratories working on the virus as a senior technician for nearly 10 years .  He also worked on feline leukaemia and equine flu amongst other things and was one of the first to produce peptides for foot and mouth disease.  He has become very knowledgeable in the field of chemistry, laboratory techniques, scanning and transmission electron microscopy, biology and botany.  You can see some of his work at here. Continue reading Too Much Calcium = Side Effects