Magnesium is a Super Mineral!

 

Not that long ago, an elderly family member called me, she was on the verge of tears because of terrible leg cramps, they were worst in the evenings and woke her several times during the night, her sleep for the last week was so disturbed, she was absolutely exhausted. She asked me if I knew of anything that might help her. I remembered that I had given her some Magnesium bath flakes recently as a gift and asked her if she had tried them – she replied that she hadn’t used them yet. So I asked her to go run a nice warm bath and pour in the whole bag of Magnesium flakes, then lie back, relax and have a good long soak. I called her the next morning and wasn’t at all surprised when she told me it was a “miracle”, she hadn’t had any leg cramps during the night and had slept soundly for the first time in a week. She was not the first person to appreciate the rapid effects of magnesium supplementation. Although that wasn’t her final prescription, it was a good and immediate start!

 

 

Did you know that over 300 enzymes in our body require Magnesium to function? Magnesium is an essential mineral for cardiovascular, blood vessel & muscular tone, glucose metabolism & insulin regulation. Research is showing that it also plays a role in the release of many hormones and nutrients in the body and protects cells from heavy metals such as mercury and lead. It is a great alkaliser and detoxifier.

 

Signs & symptoms which may be an indication of magnesium deficiency:

 

• High blood pressure, heart palpitations, irregular or rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath

• Cold hands and feet

• Unstable blood sugar levels and cravings for sugar

• Anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia, irritability, depression, mental confusion

• Kidney stones

• Muscle twitches, spasms and cramp, frequent sports injuries, low exercise tolerance

• Poor digestion and constipation, Irritable bowel syndrome

• Migraines and headaches

• Chronic fatigue

• Fibromyalgia

 

 

Causes and conditions associated with Magnesium deficiency:

 

• Gastrointestinal diseases such as celiac, Crohn’s, IBS due to poor absorption of magnesium

• Vomiting/diarrhoea due to disease or excess use of laxatives

• Use of diuretics (water or fluid tablets)

• A diet with too many carbohydrates especially white sugar, white flour

• Excess alcohol consumption

• Excess coffee

• Drinking too many soft drinks, either diet or high sugar

• Diabetes and poor blood glucose control

• Excessive perspiration

• High salt intake

• Physical stress

• Mental stress, anxiety and depression

• Aging –people over 70 often have low dietary intakes of magnesium and poorer absorption

 

So how can we get enough Magnesium?

 

As always, getting our daily magnesium dose from the food we consume should be the best way to get magnesium. Foods that are good sources of magnesium: almonds, barley, brewer’s yeast, cashews, cacao, cod, eggs, figs, kelp, dark leafy greens, legumes, molasses, mineral water, parsnips, seeds and whole grain cereals (the milling - causes a 90% loss of magnesium). Unfortunately, due to reasons such as dietary deficiencies, poor absorption, excessive excretion, and higher requirements for magnesium we often fall short. It is widely believed that up to 80% of the population have a magnesium deficiency. The current Australian RDA (recommended daily allowance) for an average adult is 350- 400mg a day – you need to eat lot of green leafies to achieve that! (you would need to eat 17 cups of raw spinach)

 

 

Transdermal Magnesium

 

Many people supplement magnesium orally in tablet, capsule or powder form, but don’t realise that they can also absorb magnesium through the skin (transdermally), in a spray or soak in a bath or foot soak. The most absorbable forms for this purpose are magnesium chloride and magnesium sulphate. They are also perfect for sensitive individuals that may have health issues that make them less able to tolerate or absorb magnesium well orally. The beauty of using magnesium in a bath or as a soak is the added relaxation that a bath allows us to experience.

 

 Zechstein Sea

Magnesium Power – these pure magnesium chloride flakes are drawn from the ancient underground Zechstein Sea. – This product can be also be used two ways, either as a bath by adding 1- 3 cups or by making your own spray-on Magnesium oil by mixing it with distilled water in a 2:1 ratio – which can then be applied directly to the skin. Method: Add 500g of Magnesium bath flakes to 250 mLs of distilled water pour into a clean pump bottle and you have a “magnesium oil “ that is ready to spray on your skin. Spray about 8 squirts of this on clean skin and a leave on for about 20 mins to allow the magnesium to soak in before showering or washing off.

 

 

Epzen Bath crystals –are the highest pure quality of laboratory tested magnesium sulphate crystals, and come in 3 different varieties, “pure and unscented” , “detox”& “ relax”, the last two are scented with essential oils to add detoxification & relaxation properties. The cool weather of autumn and winter lends itself perfectly to taking long hot baths, so next time you need to relax and chill out, throw some Magnesium into your bath tub and feel all your cares float away.

 

Wishing you good health until next time!

 

References: H, Oseicki (2009) The Nutrient Bible 9th ed. Bioconcepts Publishing QLD Cabot, S (2007) Magnesium the miracle mineral, WHAS Pty Ltd., Aust. Murray, M., & Pizzorno, J., (2013) Textbook of Natural Medicine, 4th ed. Churchill Livingstone, MA USA