Before I list all the ways you can detect a magnesium deficiency, it is important to understand why this deficiency could be so detrimental to your health and longevity
Did you know that magnesium is known as the “Master Mineral”( link to Complete mineral Complex) and is involved in over 300 metabolic processes in your body.
Did you also know that an estimated 80 percent of Americans are deficient in this important mineral and the health consequences are immediate and significant.
The major functions in your body that require magnesium on a daily basis are:
- Protein synthesis
- Nerve function and development
- Blood sugar management
- Neurotransmitter function
- Blood pressure management
- Energy and metabolism
- Production of the antioxidant glutathione- the master antioxidant that fights free radicals
- Bone development and maintenance
Lets consider our bones first…..
Magnesium is necessary for the proper transportation of calcium across cell membranes. Why? Calcium needs other nutrients that help it absorb into our bones. Those other nutrients are silica, vitamin D, vitamin K, and, you guessed it – magnesium. ( link to Complete mineral complex)
Without magnesium, our bones lose their strength and mass. We become more susceptible to bone fractures.
Yet, there is one other problem that could be much worse for your health!
If magnesium is not present, then the calcium has to go somewhere. More often than not, we find it accumulating in our blood. If it accumulates long enough, it starts to calcify into arterial plaque and causes serious heart issues.
So if you want to protect yourself against heart attacks and strokes, you NEED Magnesium!
Magnesium is also an anti-inflammatory mineral which offers protection against illnesses like arthritis and Alzheimer’s disease….plus it has been used to fight problems like high blood pressure, diabetes, respiratory issues, and much more.
The 5 most common causes for a Magnesium deficiency are:
- Inadequate consumption of green leafy vegetables that are high in magnesium
- TOO Much Alcohol- try and limit your self to a glass of red wine daily
- Too much sugar and phytic acid. Eliminate all sodas and snacks that contain sugar or sugar substitutes. Be aware that sugar is added to everything and check product labels
- Prescription medications- especially antibiotics and diuretics- Anti means “against” life”. Check with your doctor.
- Poor digestion- this may be caused from insufficient digestive enzymes or probiotics- we advise supplementation to erase the deficits
Scientific Note: Researchers have now detected 4750 magnesium binding sites on human proteins, indicating that magnesium’s role in human health and disease may have been vastly underestimated. (National Institutes Of Health)