I want to share some information that is known by few people, so be prepared to learn like crazy for the next few minutes. If you could guess the essential nutrient I’m referring to from these 20 facts alone, you’d practically qualify for an honorary PhD. Even better, if you will follow the recommendations, you’ll be much healthier and happier. Here we go.
1 – Up to 75% of all American adults are deficient in this nutrient, with older adults even more likely to be deficient.
2 – It’s a crucial part of more than 325 enzymes in the body.
3 – It’s beneficial for those who suffer from anxiety, depression, epileptic seizures, and migraines.
4 – The risk of Parkinson’s disease, dementia, and Alzheimer’s skyrockets with its deficiency.
5 – It helps cardiovascular system issues like high blood pressure, heart palpitations, arrhythmias, and even heart attacks.
6 – Deficiency has a strong connection with Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
7 – It’s key in regulating body temperature and balancing pH.
8 – It’s essential for proper transmission of nerve impulses.
Do you know yet? Just think of all you’re learning.
9 – It serves as a natural tranquilizer, helping to calm and relax you.
10 – It’s important for the absorption and utilization of calcium, phosphorous, and vitamins C, D, and E.
11 – It helps alleviate gastrointestinal discomfort and diseases.
12 – Muscle tics, cramps, charley horses, tension, and soreness are often signs of its deficiency.
13 – It helps take the edge off menstrual cramps and PMS.
14 – It helps the body detoxify.
Stay with me. I’m telling you, you’ll be an expert on this nutrient.
15 – It’s involved in the body’s energy production.
16 – It helps manage blood sugar and assists in the treatment of diabetes.
17 – Three quarters of the amount in the body is held in the bones and teeth.
18 – This mineral is number twelve on the Periodic Table of Elements, sandwiched between sodium and aluminum.
19 – It helps reverse osteoporosis.
20 – The accepted ratio in our diet of this nutrient with calcium is 1:2; that’s 2 parts calcium to 1 part of this mineral, but the new thought is that a 1:1 ratio is more ideal. In America it’s not uncommon to be as bad as 10:1, meaning we get way too little of this mineral.
You’ve got to know by now. Yep, it’s magnesium, and you now know more about it than even 99% of physicians and nutritionists. The most common reasons for a deficiency in magnesium range from poor dietary habits to the use of certain prescription medications or even depleted soils for our crops.
There are a number of excellent sources of magnesium in nature. When it comes to supplements, there are all kinds, some good and some not so good; my favorite is magnesium glycinate. I also really like Liquid Light which is a raw, vegan supplement rich in a multitude of minerals, including magnesium. Combining minerals with fulvic acid makes Liquid Light even more effective as fulvic acid transports magnesium and other nutrients directly to cells. And you can also get it from green leafy vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds, cocoa, and coriander leaf, which is an especially excellent source.
The recommended daily allowance (RDA) for magnesium is all over the place, dependent on the source, but I like the latest recommendation of 1200 mg of magnesium to 1200 mg of calcium per day. That is much higher and, I believe, more effective than the traditional 400 mg to 800 mg ratio.
In my experience, magnesium just may be the most overlooked mineral of all. Don’t be one of the 75% who suffer from low magnesium. Follow these recommendations and, as I promised, you can be healthier and happier naturally.