SALT LAKE CITY, Aug. 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Minerals are critical to overall health because they are necessary for the proper activation of the body's nerve cells and muscle cells. They also help regulate the body's metabolism, maintain body pH and allow the transfer of nutrients across cell membranes.
Unfortunately, according to magnesium expert, Dr. Carolyn Dean, MD, ND, author of The Magnesium Miracle, 2017 Edition, now updated with 30 percent new material, is the only comprehensive guide to one of the most essential minerals, magnesium—which guards against and helps to alleviate heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, diabetes, depression, arthritis and asthma. "Minerals are deficient in our food supply because they have been depleted from our soils and are not replenished. Adding to this depletion, most modern farming use chemicals and pesticides which bind up half of the minerals that are remaining in the soil, making our foods severely mineral deficient."
A 32-page guide to the benefits of magnesium, along with magnesium deficiency symptoms, is available for free at www.nutritionalmagnesium.org.
One of those crucial minerals which is depleted from our soils and foods is "magnesium." As a result, over 75% of Americans do not get their Recommended Daily Allowance which makes most of us to a greater or lesser degree deficient.
Magnesium is the most important building block for creating a healthy body and its numerous primary functions are divided among 700-800 enzyme reactions in the body of which magnesium is a co-factor.
Magnesium's most important function is the creation and transport of energy in the trillions of cells making up our body. Magnesium is a cofactor in the production of ATP (adenosine triphosphate) which transports chemical energy within cells for metabolism.
Recent research has found that magnesium is required for the structural integrity of numerous body proteins. To date, 3,751 magnesium receptor sites have been found on human proteins.
RNA & DNA
Magnesium is required for the structural integrity of nucleic acids. Consequently, magnesium is a requirement for RNA and DNA production.
Magnesium is used in synergy with dozens of other vitamins, minerals, nutrients and enzymes to modify food and create the structural components of the body. RNA and DNA, which contain the genetic blueprints for the formation of all the protein molecules in the body, are dependent on magnesium.
Transmitting Nerve Signals and Regulating Calcium
Magnesium permits a small amount of calcium to enter a nerve cell, just enough to allow electrical transmission along the nerves to and from the brain. Even our thoughts, via brain neurons, are dependent on magnesium.
With insufficient magnesium levels, too much calcium accumulates in the cell and triggers excessive contraction and disrupts cell function. Excess calcium is pro-inflammatory and can excite nerves to the point of cell death. Too much calcium unregulated due to magnesium deficiency can deposit in soft tissues and may become toxic, causing painful conditions such as some forms of arthritis, kidney stones, osteoporosis and calcification of the arteries leading to heart attack and cardiovascular disease. Thus, magnesium is a natural calcium channel blocker without the harmful side-effects of calcium channel blocking medications.
700-800 Enzyme Processes
According to magnesium researcher, Dr. Andrea Rosanoff, "While it was estimated in 1968 that magnesium was a required cofactor for over 300 enzyme processes, that number is now more reliably estimated at 700 to 800."
Magnesium is an important intracellular signaling molecule. Without intercellular communication the cells of the body would not be able to function at all.
Magnesium is intimately involved in efficient muscle function. The mechanisms include oxygen uptake, electrolyte balance, and energy production. Magnesium relaxes muscles and balances calcium which contracts muscles, working together to make muscles work properly.
Magnesium supplementation is critical to overall health. Not all forms of magnesium are easily absorbed by the body. Dr. Dean recommends, "magnesium citrate powder which is highly absorbable and can be mixed with hot or cold water and sipped at work or at home throughout the day."
About the Nutritional Magnesium Association
The Nutritional Magnesium Association (NMA) is a trusted non-profit authority on the subject of magnesium. With over 200 articles on every health condition related to magnesium, research papers and expert articles, the NMA's web site has many free resources to help you achieve better health. www.nutritionalmagnesium.org