The unique thing about this mineral is that it is so important for your body, yet the masses don’t even know about its importance. Unfortunately, more than 80% of Americans lack it and suffer from various health issues and most still don’t know about it. This mineral is nothing else but magnesium.
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Dr. Carol Dean has explained how important this mineral is. She is a widely experienced naturopathic and medical doctor. He is also the lead author of “Death by Medicine” (a seminal paper published in 2003). In this paper she claims that modern medicine is one of the biggest causes beyond the death of Americans.
Dr. Dean has also authored a book, “Death by Modern Medicine.” She is not just another doctor, she is also the winner of the Arrhythmia Alliance Outstanding Medical Contribution to Cardiac Rhythm Management Services Award in 2012 given by a major allopathic organization, the Heart Rhythm Society of the UK.
She can be considered as an expert on the mineral magnesium. She has been studying it and has published papers on it for 15 years. She published the 1st edition of The Magnesium Miracle in January 2003. Currently, she is working on the third edition of book.
Dr. Dean claims that she has the following goals:
She is driven by the goal to tell everyone about the importance of magnesium. She wants everyone to know how much their body requires and the amazing benefits of this simple mineral.
Magnesium is crucial for your entire body because it does so many biological functions. This includes:
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- Activation of nerves and muscles
- Helping generate body energy through activation of adenosine triphosphate (ATP)
- Works as a building block for DNA and RNA synthesis
- Helps improve digestion of proteins, fats and carbohydrates
- Works as a precursor for neurotransmitters like serotonin
Despite its so much importance, only a small percentage of people are getting sufficient amounts of it in their diet.
When it comes to minerals like calcium, people are taking it in high amounts and even overusing it. This can be dangerous because it is important to maintain a balance of the minerals for proper health.
If your body has excess amounts of calcium but is deficient in magnesium, it will cause muscle spasms. It can also impact your heart.
According to Dr. Dean this causes reduction in nerve and muscle function because magnesium is required for this. When your body doesn’t get adequate amount of magnesium, the muscles will enter spasm. The role of calcium is to cause contraction of muscles. When there is perfect balance, your muscles will work perfectly as they will be contracting and relaxing and generating activity.
Magnesium is also highly important for your cardiovascular health. If there is imbalance between calcium and magnesium it may also result in heart attack or even sudden death.
Dr. Dean makes a stunning statement when she says that our heart is the organ with the highest quantity of magnesium in our body. Left ventricle is where it is present in the highest amounts. If there is deficiency of magnesium, it can impair the functioning of the heart.
The last 3 decades have seen doctors everywhere advising women to prevent osteoporosis by taking calcium supplements. In fact, we have seen so many foods been added with additional calcium for preventing calcium deficiency. However, the numbers of cases of osteoporosis have still kept growing.
According to Dr. Dean, she has come across stats that show that osteoporosis has increased by over 700% in a single decade. And this was despite women taking higher levels of calcium.
In fact, there has been a whole bunch of myth created around calcium. It is claimed that you should get 2 times the amount of calcium as magnesium. Almost all the supplements are based on it. People today take 1,200-1,500 mg of calcium and not more than a few hundred mg of magnesium.
The fact is that the 2 to 1 ratio is nothing more than an error that occurred during translation from French. Jean Durlach is the French researcher who claimed that the higher limit in your food, supplement and water should not be more than 2 parts calcium to 1 part magnesium.
It was due to the misinterpretation of what he meant that led to the concept of 2 to 1 ratio. However, 1 to 1 is the more appropriate ratio.
At the same time both vitamin D and vitamin K2 affect the balance of the 2 minerals. This has been mentioned by Dr. Dean in so many blogs. According to her high dose of vitamin D could mean overworking of magnesium and result in its deficiency.
All these 4 nutrients are essential to your body and work by supporting each other. They help making your health stronger and prevent so many severe health problems. Imbalance of these nutrients has been related to heart attacks and stroke. It has also been found to cause vitamin D toxicity.
The role of vitamin K2 is to ensure calcium remains in the right place. If there is any deficiency, it can cause buildup of extra calcium in all the wrong places. You should take vitamin D orally along with food, additional magnesium, or supplemental vitamin K2.
Avoid taking heavy doses of vitamin D supplements along with low quantity of magnesium and vitamin K2. It may result in vitamin D toxicity and magnesium deficiency symptoms.
Both vitamin K2 and magnesium balance each other. One of the biggest benefits of magnesium is that it helps in regulating high blood pressure.
It is important to maintain a balance between all the 4 nutrients vitamin K2, magnesium, vitamin D3, and calcium when taking them. When maintained properly, these nutrients work synergistically.
You can get your supply of calcium from seeds, dairy products, deep green leafy veggies and nuts. A homemade bone broth is also a good source. Put leftover bones over low heat and allow them to simmer in the day. This will help in extracting the calcium present in the bones. Once you have added a few tablespoons of vinegar into it, you can add it to soups or stews or drink it as such.
It’s important to take the “skin” formed on the top. It is loaded with crucial nutrients such as healthful fats and sulfur.
Remember that it’s not easy to find magnesium with ease in the modern food supply.