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Magnesium deficiency damages telomeres.

Posted on September 2, 2009 at 10:20 PM


Anyone who conducts any research in the natural medicine arena, knows very well that magnesium helps prevent cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes, osteoporosis, and some cancers.  Unfortunately for the mainstream, calcium seems to be the only mineral that gets much attention.  That's unfortunate, because at least half the population is short on magnesium which means significant generation of free radicals, lower ATP synthesis, glutathione depletion, hypercalification, etc.


The primary reason magnesium protects against free radicals is acting as a chelation agent against heavy metals which we are exposed to on a daily basis.  Books have been written on magnesium's many attributes, as there are over 325 magnesium-dependent enzymes in the human body. 


In emergency medicine, magnesium saves the lifes of heart attack victims from almost certain death.  By administering an IV, it can prevent mortality up to 80%. 


One sign of a modest magnesium deficiency is irritability.  This symptom is worsened by common desires for sweets which by nature, deplete magnesium.  Supplementation of Magnesium reduces irritability and helps one stave off from hunger or sweets.


 

Drug "deficiency" or magnesium deficiency, that is a question some should be asking themselves if they are taking anti-anxiety medications.


Magnesium has a long history in efficacy over anxiety disorders, and dates back as far as 1921. 


Magnesium in many forms has been used for many decades to relieve various emotional problems including anxiety, apathy, aversions, despair, depression, discontent, headaches, insecurity, irritability, oversensitiveness, restlessness, etc.


Would you believe that 70% of United States and the West have diets containing less than the recommended 400 mg of magnesium per day and up to 20% have diets with less than one-half the recommended intake?


Magnesium deficiency symptoms are non-specific due to its broad spectrum of physiologic implications.  With many of these funtions being brain-related, the possibility that magnesium deficiency is rooted in many neurotransmitters imbalances is certain.  The human body was never designed to compensate for a magnesium shortage, so it is important to aim for optimal intake for life.


While I believe daily magnesium intake is essential for good health, over coming a long term magnesium shortage isn't usually resolved very quickly with oral therapy.  The answer to this is transdermally applied magnesium oil.  Magnesium oil is in the form of magnesium chloride, simply concentrated from sea water. 


The amazing thing about this oil is that it virtually identical in effiacy to IV (intravenous) and is very reasonable in cost.  It can be applied directly on your skin or used in baths.



http://www.pnas.org/content/105/15/5768.abstract

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