Global Light’s Magnesium Bath Flakes are derived from the ocean. In essence, you are getting natural ocean water in its most condensed form. While we call it ‘oil’, it is actually an ocean water extract with a very high concentration of Magnesium Chloride that inherently has an oily feel although it contains no oils – natural or added.
Our Magnesium products are an excellent way of absorbing more Magnesium into your body – safely with no side effects. They are also excellent for relieving sore, aching muscles, joints and stress.1
THE WONDERS OF MAGENSIUM
Scientists have long known that Magnesium is a critical player in cell metabolism, helping to transport other minerals across cell membranes and affecting cell mechanisms that control the activity of muscle and nerve cells. But as the scientists note, their research suggests that the cardiac muscle seems to be more sensitive to magnesium intake than skeletal muscle.
Research indicates that most people are lacking in magnesium and that many health issues are related to magnesium deficiency. Also, reduced levels of DHEA, known as the "youth hormone” is directly related to magnesium deficiency.
An astounding number of studies have documented the effectiveness of intravenous magnesium in helping prevent cardiac damage and even death following a heart attack – roughly half of all sudden deaths from hear attack are the result of spasm in the arteries, not blockage from clots or arrhythmias! And magnesium allows coronary artery muscles (and all other muscles) to relax.
Most of us don’t require intravenous magnesium, of course. We can get all the benefits we need just by making sure that we get enough of it in our diets or through supplements or soaking in a bath filled with Magnesium Bath Flakes or applying it topically via Magnesium Oil. Here’s what everyone needs to know about getting optimal benefits from this essential (but often overlooked) mineral.
- Magnesium is essential for the functioning of hundreds of different enzymes in the body, particularly those that produce, transport, store and utilise energy. Magnesium is important for the following metabolic processes:
- Protein synthesis: DNA and RNA in our cells require magnesium for cell growth and development.
- Sparking the electrical signals that must travel throughout the miles of nerves in our bodies (including the impulses for our brain, heart and other organs).
- Normal blood pressure, vascular tone, transmission of nerve-cell signals, and blood flow.
- Functioning of all nerves and muscles.
Release and binding of adequate amounts of serotonin in the brain. In short, living with sub-optimal levels of magnesium is like trying to operate a machine with the power off.
THE MAGNESIUM/CALCIUM CONNECTION
Though there’s been an enormous amount of media hype about calcium, very few people realise that without its partner, magnesium, calcium doesn’t serve the body nearly as well as it should. In fact, too much calcium can actually impede the magnesium’s uptake and function, creating further imbalance. When it comes to building healthy bones, Magnesium is as important as Calcium and vitamin D.
Magnesium and Calcium are designed to work together. For example, magnesium controls the entry of calcium into each and every cell –- a physiological event that happens every time a nerve cell fires. Without adequate magnesium (which is also a natural calcium-channel blocker), too much calcium gets inside the cell. This can result in muscle cramping, blood-vessel constriction, migraine headaches, and even feelings of anxiety.
Magnesium also keeps calcium dissolved in the blood so that it won’t produce kidney stones. In fact, taking calcium without magnesium for osteoporosis can actually promote kidney stone formation.
TRANSDERMAL DELIVERY SYSTEM
What does Magnesium Chloride, transdermally applied, do that oral magnesium tablets/powders cannot do?
Many Things. Oral supplementation of Magnesium can produce the side effect of diarrhea and often has minimal bio-availability. However, transdermal (through the skin) application has been found to be the safest and most effective way to absorb Magnesium directly to the cellular level. Magnesium Chloride quickly passes through the skin & works immediately to reduce body pain & raise magnesium levels 12 times faster than oral supplementation, by-passing the digestive process completely and find its way to the tissues in need.
It increases crucial ATP or cellular energy to assist in the transporting out of the body the CAUSE of the pain- usually toxins, acids, excess calcium and heavy metals. It "de-stresses" as it soothes the nervous system and triggers DHEA, the master or youth hormone, which controls all of the other hormones in our body.
Magnesium Chloride oil, transdermally applied, can rapidly improve your health, energy and state of well being naturally. Over 3300mg of elemental magnesium is in each 30ml magnesium oil rubbed into the skin - and in a few minutes, it's in there working to balance the entire body at a cellular level. This amount of magnesium cannot be tolerated by the digestive system with oral magnesium.2
MAGNESIUM DEFICIENCY ON THE RISE
Magnesium has been consistently depleted in our soils. It has been further depleted in plants by the use of potassium and phosphorus-laden fertilizers, which alter the plant's ability to uptake magnesium. Water from deep wells supplies additional magnesium not found in food, but surface water, our common source of supply, lacks magnesium. Food processing removes magnesium. Broiling, steaming and boiling remove magnesium into the water or drippings. High carbohydrate and high fat diets increase the need for magnesium, as does physical and mental stress. Diuretic medications and insulin further deplete total body magnesium. As we age, magnesium uptake may be impaired. Dieting reduces intake of already low levels of magnesium intake.
In 1997, the National academy of Sciences found that most Americans are deficient in magnesium. There are a number of reasons for this:-
- Food processing depletes magnesium, and the vast majority of Americans eat mostly processed foods. When wheat is refined into white flour, 80 percent of the magnesium in the bran is lost; 98 percent is lost when molasses is refined into sugar. Similarly, magnesium is leached out of vegetables that are boiled in water or frozen. Additives such as aspartame and MSG, as well as alcohol, also deplete magnesium stores.
- Indigestion and antacid use: Insufficient stomach acid impedes magnesium absorption. Unfortunately, a refined-food diet is a potent recipe for indigestion. Antacids – the number one over the counter drug in the U.S. – further deplete hydrochloric acid in the stomach.
Farming practices: Magnesium and other minerals have been depleted from much of the soil that we grow today’s produce in.
Medications: Many drugs – including common diuretics, birth-control pills, insulin, tetracycline and other antibiotics, and cortisone – cause the body to waste magnesium.
Anxiety and Panic Attacks: Magnesium helps keep adrenal stress hormones under control and maintain normal brain function.
Asthma: Magnesium helps relax the muscles of the bronchioles in the lungs.
Constipation: Magnesium helps keep bowels regular by maintaining normal bowel-muscle function.
Diabetes: Magnesium helps insulin transport glucose into the cell. Without this, glucose builds up in tissue causing glycemic stress and damage.
Heart Disease: Magnesium deficiency is common in those with heart disease. The mineral is an effective treatment for heart attacks and cardiac arrhythmias.
Hypertension: Without adequate magnesium, blood vessels constrict and blood pressure increases.
Insomnia: Magnesium helps regulate melatonin, a hormone that’s essential for normal sleep cycles.
Nerve Problems: Magnesium helps eliminate peripheral nerve disturbances that can lead to migraines, leg and foot cramps, gastrointestinal cramps, and so one.
Osteoporosis: Without magnesium, calcium may actually contribute to osteoporosis.3
COMMON AILMENTS ASSOCIATED WITH MAGNESIUM DEFICIENCY
Magnesium is a critical element in 325+ biochemical reactions in the human body.
Research in France and several other European countries gives a clue concerning the role of magnesium plays in the transmission of hormones (such as insulin, thyroid, estrogen, testosterone, DHEA, etc.), neurotransmitters (such as dopamine, catecholamines, serotonin, GABA, etc.), and minerals and mineral electrolytes.
This research concludes that it is magnesium status that controls cell membrane potential and through this means controls uptake and release of many hormones, nutrients and neurotransmitters. It is magnesium that controls the fate of potassium and calcium in the body. If magnesium is insufficient, potassium and calcium will be lost in the urine and calcium will be deposited in the soft tissues (kidneys, arteries, joints, brain, etc.)
Magnesium protects the cell from aluminum, mercury, lead, cadmium, beryllium and nickel. Evidence is mounting that low levels of magnesium contribute to the heavy metal deposition in the brain that precedes Parkinson's, multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer's. It is probable that low total body magnesium contributes to heavy metal toxicity in children and is a participant in the etiology of learning disorders.
Deficiency (from low dietary intake or excess loss) is clinically associated with:-
Other conditions are also associated with chronic and acute low magnesium intake and further research is continuing to confirm relationships.
The following substances and conditions reduce total body magnesium:-
- Anxiety disorders
- Arthritis - Rheumatoid and Osteoarthritis
- Auto immune disorders - all types
- Cerebral Palsy - in children from magnesium deficient mothers
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Congestive Heart Disease
- Crooked teeth - narrow jaw - in children from magnesium deficient mothers
- Diabetes - Type I and II
- Eating disorders - Bulimia, Anorexia
- Gut disorders - including peptic ulcer, Crohn's disease, colitis, food allergy
- Heart Disease - Arteriosclerosis, high cholesterol, high triglycerides
- Heart Disease - in infants born to magnesium deficient mothers
- High Blood Pressure
- Impaired athletic performance
- Infantile Seizure - in children from magnesium deficient mothers
- Kidney Stones
- Lou Gehrig's Disease
- Migraines - including cluster type
- Mitral Valve Prolapse
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Muscle cramps
- Muscle weakness, fatigue
- Myopia - in children from magnesium deficient mothers
- Obesity - especially obesity associated with high carbohydrate diets
- Osteoporosis - just adding magnesium reversed bone loss
- Parkinson's Disease
- PMS - including menstrual pain and irregularities
- PPH - Primary Pulmonary Hypertension
- SIDS- Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
- Syndrome X - insulin resistance
- Thyroid disorders - low, high and auto-immune; low magnesium reduces T4
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4. This article appeared in Dr. Christiane Northrup's newsletter. The Dr. Christine Northrup Newsletter: P.O. Box 5100, Carlsbad, CA 92018-5100 . . . 760-431-7695 or 800-654-5126 . . . 760-431-6948 (fax) or 800-650-5115 (fax). Dr. Carolyn Dean is the author of The Magnesium Miracle.
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