“Our physical wellbeing is more directly dependent upon the minerals we take into our systems than upon calories or vitamins or upon the precise proportions of starch, protein or carbohydrates we consume.” – U.S. Senate document number 264, presented in 1936
For decades it has been known how incredibly important minerals are for our health; however, a large portion of the general population still tends to be relatively uninformed on the vital importance of such minerals.
Today I want to talk to you about the importance of one specific mineral: magnesium. In this email I have outlined 4 reasons why magnesium is one of the most important minerals found in the human body:
1.Magnesium provides energy to the human body.
Energy is produced in mitochondria, which is an organelle found in large numbers in almost every cell in our body. Our mitochondria use an enzyme known as ATP (adenosine triphosphate) to produce energy - ATP must be bound to a magnesium ion in order to be active.
Not only is magnesium a necessary cofactor (must be present for proper function) for ATP, but it is also a necessary cofactor for 700 to 800 other necessary enzymes as well. Without magnesium as their cofactor, these enzymes cannot function properly.
2.Magnesium is necessary for proper muscle function.
In addition to binding with ATP to produce energy, magnesium has many other important roles – one of these being that magnesium is intimately involved in the proper function of our muscles. Two primary minerals are needed to make our muscles work properly. The first mineral is calcium, which causes our muscles to contract. The second mineral is magnesium, which allows our muscles to relax after they’ve contracted.
It’s the contracting and relaxing together that causes our muscles to work properly. When we only have calcium and we’re deficient in magnesium, our muscles tend to get stiff and we experience muscle cramping and pain.
3.Magnesium is extremely important for many of the body’s vital organs, including the heart and brain.
Magnesium is extremely concentrated in the human body, so much so that a human cell has 100,000 times more magnesium than it does calcium. However, magnesium is the most concentrated in the heart (specifically the left ventricle of the heart) followed by the brain. These two vital organs use the largest amount of magnesium of all the organs throughout the body. It has been discovered that a lack of magnesium can contribute to calcification of the arteries, heart disease and stroke as well as depression, anxiety and panic attacks.
4.And lastly, magnesium plays the important role of regulating many of the other electrolytes used by the body, including potassium, calcium and sodium.
Magnesium regulates how much of these primary minerals we have in each of our cells. When a cell needs more potassium, for example, magnesium will allow more potassium to flow into the cell. When there is an excess of potassium, magnesium will force some out. Without magnesium, our cells do not have the proper amount of each of these minerals, and therefore, cannot function properly.
Magnesium is vitally important for optimal health. If you think you may be magnesium deficient, call today to schedule a live blood cell screening. There are specific cell forms within the blood that indicate a magnesium deficiency. We will get you started on a magnesium supplement (as well as magnesium-rich foods) to start reversing the negative effects of a magnesium deficiency.
You don’t want to miss what I have coming later in the week! If you’ve been (or currently are) taking a calcium supplement, but it’s just not doing what you thought it would, find out why! I have great information coming your way about the delicate relationship between calcium and magnesium and why your calcium supplement just isn’t enough taken without magnesium.
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Elizabeth Shepard, BS
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