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Doctor Oz show
Magnesium (Mg) may be the most overlooked mineral. No one has yet popularized a simple way to remember it, in the way that we usually associate potassium with bananas, calcium with bone health, and sodium with blood pressure. But magnesium is an incredibly versatile and important nutrient that many doctors, nutritionists, and researchers believe is the single most important nutrient for human health.
It is essential for over 300 different chemical reactions in the body, including maintaining your energy level, helping you relax, and sustaining the health of your heart and blood vessels. Unfortunately, in most of the developed world, magnesium deficiency is probably the most common nutritional deficiency. Because it has so many crucial functions, and because it appears to protect us from serious conditions that are most prevalent in the developed world, magnesium really is the “miracle mineral.”
Magnesium is an abundant alkaline element in the earth’s crust, occurring naturally in several minerals like dolomite, vermiculite and clay soils like montmorillonite. It is the third most dissolved element in sea water, and seafoods are among the foods highest in magnesium. Alkaline soils and humus-rich soils generally contain more magnesium that acidic soils. Magnesium found in the form of magnesium ions (Mg2+) in the soil (in solution or bound to soil particles) is the most important for exchangeable magnesium. However, magnesium ions are at risk of leaching along with nitrates and calcium.
“We conclude that the most likely explanation was changes in cultivated varieties used today compared to 50 years ago,” Davis said. “During those 50 years, there have been intensive efforts to breed new varieties that have greater yield, or resistance to pests, or adaptability to different climates. But the dominant effort is for higher yields. Emerging evidence suggests that when you select for yield, crops grow bigger and faster, but they don’t necessarily have the ability to make or uptake nutrients at the same, faster rate.”
A similar study of British nutrient data from 1930 to 1980, published in the British Food Journal,found that in 20 vegetables the average calcium content had declined 19 percent; iron 22 percent; and potassium 14 percent. Yet another study concluded that one would have to eat eight oranges today to derive the same amount of Vitamin A as our grandparents would have gotten from one.
Over the past 60 years there have been fundamental changes in the quality and quantity of food
available to us as a nation. The character, growing method, preparation, source and ultimate
presentation of basic staples have changed significantly to the extent that trace elements and
micronutrient contents have been severely depleted. This trend, established in a review of the
5th Edition of McCance & Widdowson’s The Composition of Foods, is still apparent in this
review of the 6th edition of the same work.
Nearly EVERYONE has signs of magnesium deficiency but we don’t realize it…
Constipation, High blood pressure (Hypertension), Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia, Behavioral disturbances, Lethargy, Impaired memory/thinking, Seizures, Fatigue, Sleep disturbances, Pain, Muscle cramps, Chronic back pain, Headaches, Migraines, Muscular pain, Tendonitis, Anger, Aggression, ADHD, Brain fog, Tension, Anxiety disorders such as OCD
originally posted by: DontTreadOnMe
a reply to: argentus
Since the first of the year, I've had more migraines than I have had in the last 8 years.
In the last month, I have had a severe cramp overtake one leg and another cramp in the other leg that just lingered.
In the opposite hand, the fingers felt stiff all of a sudden.
Since I have obamacare, I cannot afford to get a lot of blood work done, but I do listen to my body.
What has changed in the last few months is me trying to save money and buy a non-brand name magnesium citrate powder.
This magnesium citrate had no taste, and no laxative effect....I suspect it also had almost no magnesium.
I switched to a brand name....and the cramp in leg went away.
The hand went back to normal.
Time will tell if the migraines again fade away....but I am confident.
I cheerfully take supplements.
I completely believe we have over-farmed soil....and the result is foods with far less vitamins and minerals.
FTR....a good Mg suppl.