MAGNESIUM – THE COMMON DEFICIENCY
Magnesium deficiency significantly contributes to:
- High blood pressure
- Irregular heart rhythm
- Heart attack
- Acute and chronic pain
- Immune dysfunction
Unfortunately, a huge majority of Americans do not ingest even the recommended daily intake of magnesium. And, magnesium absorption is significantly worsened by:
- Excess calcium intake
- High phosphate intake (meat, pop)
- High intake of sodium, protein, fat
- High potassium intake
Magnesium is a critical component of over 350 enzymes so that its deficiency may manifest in virtually any organ system. Unfortunately, blood, serum and plasma levels of magnesium do not reflect adequate levels of magnesium since magnesium is much more concentrated in cells than in blood. Indeed, only two tests are adequate:
A magnesium load test with two 24 hour urine output measurements, the second after a magnesium ''load'' given intravenously.
X-ray dispersion analysis (EXA), which actually measures cellular concentration of magnesium, as well as 5 other minerals.
Restoring Magnesium Levels
All magnesium salts are potential laxatives and may increase intestinal excretion of magnesium. The best oral preparation is Magnesium Taurate, which requires 6 to 12 months of daily supplementation for intracellular restoration.
Intravenous magnesium, 2 grams daily of magnesium chloride over 10 days does restore intracellular levels but is more expensive and clinically intensive.
Transdermal magnesium lotion will restore intracellular levels within 4 to 6 weeks and is the method of choice (available at: 888-242-6105; www.selfhealthsystems.com).
Since 80 to 90% of individuals are deficient in this essential mineral, virtually everyone can improve health and mood by using magnesium lotion. The only contraindication is kidney failure.