Magnesium is crucial for our overall health, as this mineral is present in all body cells and has a role in more than 300 enzymatic processes. Moreover, magnesium is needed for normal blood sugar regulation, maintaining normal bone density, normal pulmonary function, and normal cardiac rhythmicity.
Yet, the deficiency of this mineral is very common and leads to numerous health issues people suffer from on a daily basis. Since it does not show up in blood tests, as only 1% of magnesium is stored in the blood, doctors often misdiagnose these deficiencies.
According to Dr. Norman Shealy’s, M.D., Ph.D. is an American neurosurgeon and a pioneer in pain medicine “Every known illness is associated with a magnesium deficiency,” so “magnesium is the most critical mineral required for electrical stability of every cell in the body. A magnesium deficiency may be responsible for more diseases than any other nutrient. ”
Researchers have found that 68% of the Americans do not get the daily recommended amount of dietary magnesium and 19% do not even get half of the RDA levels (310-420mg daily). Additionally, it is believed that this RDA level is far too low, so if we consider the adequate levels of magnesium that a person should consume, it turns out that about 80% of Americans are consuming insufficient quantities of it.
Apparently, our diet is high in calcium but low in magnesium, which can be a serious issue.
This elevated calcium to magnesium ratio might be the main culprit for issues like migraines, autism, asthma, allergies, mitral valve prolapse, attention deficit disorder, fibromyalgia, and anxiety. When there are high levels of calcium but low levels of magnesium in the cells, the person suffers from twitches, spasms, muscle contractions, and even convulsions.
Yet, when the body lacks magnesium, it cannot produce and use protein and enzymes properly, detoxify, and use antioxidants.
This mineral is critical for the detoxification of the body, and since our environment is full of toxins, our bodies need more of it in order to function properly. Also, our diets are low in nutrients, the soil is high in herbicide and pesticide residue, so we end up being deficient in it.
These are the health benefits of magnesium:
- Optimal Cognition
Magnesium plays a role in more than 300 enzymatic processes in the body which are vital for the function of the organs and tissues. It enhances the intricate brain functions and thus boosts cognitive health.
This mineral is linked to memory potential, and scientists have confirmed that the reduced magnesium levels in the brain are related to poor memory function.
Namely, the hippocampus region of the brain is the primary location for retaining long term memories, and magnesium strengthens the function of its synapses.
Also, magnesium strengthens the synaptic nerve endings in the prefrontal cortex area of the brain, which retrieves short-term memories.
Studies have found that the plaque buildup is evident in linked to the declining cognitive abilities symptomatic of the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s disease.
Moreover, research has shown that by optimizing the levels of magnesium in the brain, one can prevent the further decline of cognitive function.
It has been found that the supplemental treatment of magnesium for 17 months reduced amyloid plaque accumulation in the hippocampus region of the brain by 35.8% and by 36% in the prefrontal cortex.
-Improved Learning Abilities
Magnesium boosts the ability to learn by repeatedly stimulating the nerve and the ability for nerves to transmit signals more effectively. One study analyzed the effects of Magnesium threonate (MgT) supplementation in rats in terms of their ability to swim and find a submerged platform on which to rest and found that those who were using it were dramatically faster than the control group.
Researchers actually found that the supplemented group retained their memory of the place where the submerged platform was hidden after 24 hours, while the rats from the control group forgot and searched it twice longer through the maze.
The effects of the supplementation were a spatial long-term memory enhancement of 122% in younger rats and 100% improvement in older rats.
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