This mineral is of great importance for our body, besides the fact that most of the people do not know of its importance. More than 80% of Americans have a deficiency of this mineral which leads to numerous health issues. We are talking about Magnesium.
Dr. Carol Dean is a naturopathic and medical doctor and she explains everything about the importance of this mineral. She has written a book, “ Death by Modern Medicine”.
She has been examining this mineral for 15 years, and really she can be considered as an expert when it comes to magnesium.
She tells about the benefits that this mineral can do:
Activates the muscles and nerves
Activates the adenosine triphosphate (ATP), thus generating body energy
Improves digestion of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates
Acts as a precursor for serotonin
The percentage of people who get sufficient amounts of it is small despite its importance.
On the other hand, people are taking calcium in high amounts. But in order to have a proper health, it is of great importance to maintain a balance of the minerals.
Muscle spasms will occur if your body is deficient in magnesium, but has an excess amount of calcium.
Dr. Dean considers that this can lead to reduced function of the nerves and muscles.
Also, magnesium is essential for the cardiovascular health. An imbalance between magnesium and calcium can lead to heart attack.
She explains that the organ with the highest quantity of magnesium in the body is our heart, especially its left ventricle. The function of the heart can be damaged by a deficiency of magnesium.
Doctors advise women to take calcium supplements to prevent osteoporosis. Dr. Dean concluded that osteoporosis has increased especially in women who take higher amounts of calcium.
There has been a myth which says that you should consume 2 times more calcium than magnesium. And as a result of it, people today consume 1,200-1,500 mg of calcium and only a few hundred milligrams of magnesium.
A more suitable ration is 1:1, but this misinterpretation of the meaning led to the belief that a 2:1 ratio was appropriate instead.
Also, vitamin K2 and vitamin D influence on the balance of the 2 minerals. Overworking of magnesium can be caused by a high dose of vitamin D, which leads to magnesium deficiency.
These 4 nutrients are very important for the health of your body and preventing a lot of health problems. Also, heart attacks and stroke are related to the imbalance of these nutrients.
Vitamin K2 has a role to make sure that the calcium is in the right place. You need to take vitamin D orally with food, supplemental vitamin K2, and additional magnesium.
You shouldn’t take high doses of vitamin D supplements together with low doses of magnesium and vitamin K2 because it can lead to toxicity of vitamin D and deficiency symptoms of magnesium.
Vitamin K2 and magnesium support each other in the balance. Magnesium can help in the regulation of the high blood pressure.
When taking all 4 nutrients, it is of great importance to balance magnesium, vitamin K2, calcium, and vitamin D3 so they can work properly.
Sources of calcium are seeds, dairy products, deep green leafy veggies, and nuts.
Dr. Dean explains that a century ago we used to get 500mg of magnesium from our regular diet, and today that is even 200mg.