Magnesium: “The Miracle Mineral”

It is well known that Magnesium is the body’s most important mineral, but did you know that it’s needed for over 300 biochemical reactions?! When you think about what goes on in your body, there’s a good chance that magnesium will be involved in some way or another, hence why it’s referred to as “the miracle mineral”.

As stated by Reader’s Digest “Foods that Harm Foods that Heal” book, magnesium’s role in health is to ‘stimulate bone growth, is necessary for muscle and nerve function and metabolism, and also helps to support immunity’. Now in order to do all this, you can only imagine how necessary magnesium is in order for us to function. However, many health professionals believe that most of the population is deficient in this vital mineral. Dr. David Thomas, a researcher from England has noted that our foods today have a lower magnesium content then they did in the mid- 1900’s. This makes it extremely important to try increase well-known magnesium-rich foods in your diet or to supplement with a magnesium natural health product!

Here are some of the best food sources of magnesium:
Leafy green vegetables, legumes and whole grain cereals and breads; meats, poultry, fish, and eggs; nuts

It’s recommended that the RDA (Recommended Dietary Allowance) for adults is as follows:
Males 19-30 years = 400 mg
Males 31+ years = 420 mg
Females 19-30 years = 310 mg
Females 31+ years = 320 mg

Here are 22 magnesium-related conditions that can help be relieved or prevented as confirmed by studies from Drs. Bella and Burton Altura:
1. Anxiety and Panic Attacks
2. Asthma
3. Blood clots
4. Bowel disease
5. Cystitis
6. Depression
7. Detoxification
8. Diabetes
9. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
10. Heart disease (irregular heartbeat, angina)
11. Hypertension (aka high blood pressure)
12. Hypoglycemia (aka low blood sugar)
13. Insomnia
14. Kidney Stones
15. Liver Disease
16. Migraines
17. Stiff and Aching Muscle Conditions
18. Nerve Problems
19. Obstetrics and Gynecology-premenstrual syndrome, cramping during your period, infertility, premature contractions, lessens the risk of cerebral palsy and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
20. Osteoporosis
21. Raynaud’s Syndrome
22. Tooth Decay

Magnesium may also reduce the risk of diabetes and the occurrence of colon cancer! (These are currently being studied).

As you can see, magnesium really is critical for our bodies, so make sure you consume more magnesium-rich foods or start taking a supplement daily. This is one mineral you definitely don’t want to be lacking!

Works Cited:

Reader’s Digest. Foods That Harm Foods That Heal: The best and worst choices to treat your ailments naturally. White Plains, NY: Adult Trade Publishing, 2013. Print.

Flora “fact sheet” regarding Magnesium Liquid: “The Miracle Mineral – Magnesium”.

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