Magnesium's role in human health and disease is significant notwithstanding all living things require magnesium and lots of it .It is found in most of cells in our body so a deficiency of magnesium profoundly affects a wide range of biological and cellular structures and reactions, by altering the expression and behavior of the proteins in our body, thereby altering the course of both health and disease.
As an example magnesium as a critical factor in the following:
1. Fibromyalgia patients are commonly deficient in magnesium, but low doses of magnesium (100-50 mg), combined in the form of magnesium malate, can improve pain and tenderness.Magnesium Malate is one of the few substances that can chelate aluminum from tissues of the body. Because malic acid plays a key role in the production of energy in the mitochondria, it is often recommended with magnesium for fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome
2. Atrial Fibrillation(irregular heart beat) : By taking magnesium supplements it has demonstrated reduced atrial fibrillation, either by itself, or in combination with conventional drug agents.
3. Diabetes, Type 2: Magnesium deficiency is common in type 2 diabetics who may experience peripheral neuropathy and coronary artery disease. They commonly have lower magnesium levels, but by taking magnesium supplements can reduce plasma fasting glucose and raising HDL cholesterol in patients with type 2 diabetes as well as improving metabolic control and insulin sensitivity.
4. Magnesium deficiency can affect premenstrual syndrome and by taking 250mg of magnesium with Vitamin B6 over a 12 week period can alleviate some of the symptoms.
5.Cardiovascular Disease : Low magnesium concentrations deprive the mitochondria in the heart muscle as the heart muscle cells are very dense in mitochondria .The mitochondria are the "powerhouses" of the cell," which require adequate magnesium to produce ATP . Adenosine-5'-triphosphate (ATP) is a nucleoside triphosphate used in cells as a coenzyme. It is often called the "molecular unit of currency" of intracellular energy transfer.
6. Migraine Disorders: Blood magnesium levels have been found to be significantly lower in those who suffer from migraine attacks. By taking oral magnesium supplements it has clearly demonstrated to reduce the number of headache days in adults and children experiencing frequent migraines and when combined with l-carnitine, is effective at reducing migraine frequency in adults, as well.
7. Aging at a faster rate than normal can be a feature of magnesium deficiency and taking a magnesium supplement has been shown to reverse age-related changes in humans.
Magnesium is responsible promotion of healthy DNA and promotes DNA replication and repairing ends of the chromosomes after cell division in mitosis.
Where to get good magnesium
The best source of magnesium is from food and when found combined with foods in its natural state it is absorbed and utilised more efficiently than other ways like taking supplemental magnesium:
Rice bran, crude, Seaweed, agar, dried, Chives,Spice, coriander leaf, dried Seeds, pumpkin, dried Cocoa, dry powder, unsweetened spices, basil, dried Seeds, flaxseed ) Spices, cumin seed , Nuts, brazilnuts, dried Parsley, freeze-dried ,Seeds, sesame meal Nut, almond butter ,Nuts, cashew nuts, roasted ,Soy flour, defatted Whey, sweet, dried, Bananas, ,Millet, puffed , Shallots, freeze-dried Leeks, freeze-dried Fish, salmon, raw Onions, dehydrated flakes , Kale, scotch, raw
For those wishing to take higher doses by either taking Magnesium orally or trans dermally (as an oil on the skin) it is important not to exceed dosage as diarrhea can often result.
Generally the foods we eat today have less magnesium in them than previous times because of supermarket food being in an accelerated growth rate with the use of various chemicals. Getting older is also a time when more magnesium can be consumed to help compensate for this and promote good overall health.