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26.6.08

Magnesium: Widespread Deficiency with Deadly Consequences


Hmm..sorry for 'abandoning' this blog for about 2 weeks. there were some problems with the modem and it has been changed to brand-new one- Aztech DSL605ER and I can start blogging back..:)

This time I'd like to bring your attention to a mineral that is seldom promoted/publisized-Magnesium, yet it is very crucial to our health. Some researchers even claimed that the surge of chronic degenerative diseases such as diabetes, hypertension,heart disease, osteoporosis etc are partly due to deficiency of magnesium!

Magnesium: What Is It?

Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body and is essential to good health. Approximately 50% of total body magnesium is found in bone. The other half is found predominantly inside cells of body tissues and organs. Only 1% of magnesium is found in blood, but the body works very hard to keep blood levels of magnesium constant.

Magnesium is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. It helps maintain normal muscle and nerve function, keeps heart rhythm steady, supports a healthy immune system, and keeps bones strong. Magnesium also helps regulate blood sugar levels, promotes normal blood pressure, and is known to be involved in energy metabolism and protein synthesis. There is an increased interest in the role of magnesium in preventing and managing disorders such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.

Migraine Headaches

“We know that 50% of all migraine sufferers are magnesium-deficient,”
-Magnesium works on the symptoms of migraines by relaxing blood vessels in the brain and inhibits the ability of calcium to constrict blood vessels.

Dietary magnesium is absorbed in the small intestines. Magnesium is excreted through the kidneys

Getting More Magnesium

The best way to correct magnesium deficiency is through diet, especially since many of the foods high in magnesium, such as nuts, dark leafy green vegetables, legumes, whole grains, and some fish, are part of an overall healthy diet.

“Any fish that is high in omega-3 fatty acids is also high in magnesium,”

Water can also be a source of magnesium but the amount varies wildly depending on the water supply. Since so much of the food Americans consume is processed, which depletes it of its mineral and vitamin content, magnesium is hard to replenish entirely through diet (cooking also removes magnesium from foods). Magnesium supplements may be needed to help fill this void. While the recommended daily allowance of magnesium is 420 mg/day for men and 320 day/women, many health experts now advise that adults consume at least 500 mg each day.


-Dr H's comment: knowing the many benefits of calcium to our health, why not increase the source of magnesium in our diet-or get it in the form of supplement

further reading:

http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2008/may2008_Magnesium-Widespread-Deficiency-With-Deadly-Consequences_01.htm

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Salam Doc,
nak tanya sikit omega 3-6-9 katanya bagus juga betul ke? terlalu banyak medical focus omega 3.
Thanks

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