Unfortunately, even though it is extremely needed, magnesium is often overlooked, and numerous people are deficient in this essential mineral. Namely, 80% of the population in America lacks magnesium, so consequently, they experience numerous health issues.
The importance of this mineral is discussed in the video below, by Dr. Carol Dean, an experienced medical and naturopathic doctor and the lead author on the seminal paper “Death by Medicine” published in 2003, where she provides evidence that one of the major causes of death in the U.S. is actually modern medicine.
Moreover, Dr. Dean is also the author of the book “Death by Modern Medicine”. She also got the Arrhythmia Alliance Outstanding Medical Contribution to Cardiac Rhythm Management Services Award 2012, by the Heart Rhythm Society of the UK, the major allopathic organization.
She has studied and published papers about this important mineral for 15 years. The first edition of The Magnesium Miracle was published in January 2003, and she is now working on its 3rd edition.
She explains her goals as follows:
“What I want to convey today is the importance of magnesium, how you can get it, how you can know how much you require in your body, and the incredible benefits from using this simple mineral.”
Apparently, this mineral is extremely important for the health of the entire body, as it performs numerous biological functions, such as:
- Providing body energy by activating adenosine triphosphate (ATP)
- Activating nerves and muscles
- Serves as a building block for RNA and DNA synthesis
- A precursor for neurotransmitters such as serotonin
- Improves the digestion of fats, proteins, carbohydrates
However, only a few people get sufficient amounts of this mineral in their diet. On the other hand, numerous people overuse and take calcium in high quantities, which may be really harmful to them as the balance of these minerals is crucial for the health.
Namely, in case you have excessive amounts of calcium, but you lack magnesium, you will experience muscle spasms and it will have consequences for the heart.
Dr. Dean adds that “What happens is, the muscle and nerve function that magnesium is responsible for is diminished. If you don’t have enough magnesium, your muscles go into spasm. Calcium causes muscles to contract. If you had a balance, the muscles would do their thing. They’d relax, contract, and create their activity. “
This mineral is extremely important for the cardiovascular health, as the imbalance of magnesium and calcium may cause a heart attack and sudden death.
Dr. Dean also states that the heart contains the highest amount of magnesium in the body, specifically in the left ventricle, so a deficiency of this mineral impairs the function of the heart.
In the last three decades, doctors advised women to take calcium supplements to avoid osteoporosis, and numerous foods have been even added extra calcium to prevent its deficiency, but still, the number of people suffering from osteoporosis has continued to grow.
Dr. Dean adds “I’ve heard statistics like a 700 percent rise in osteoporosis in a 10-year period, even while taking all this calcium.”
“The myth that’s been created about calcium is that we need twice as much calcium as we do magnesium. Most of the supplements reflect this. We’ve got a situation where people are taking 1,200 to 1,500 milligrams of calcium and maybe a few hundred milligrams of magnesium.
The 2:1 ratio—that was a mistake; a mistaken translation from French researcher Jean Durlach, who said never ever go beyond two parts calcium to one part magnesium in your food, water, or supplement intake combined.”
A more suitable ration is 1:1, but this misinterpretation of the meaning led to the belief that a 2:1 ratio was appropriate instead.
Furthermore, the balance of these two minerals is also influenced by vitamin D and K2. Dr. Dean addresses this aspect in numerous blogs, as she explains that high dose vitamin D can overwork magnesium and cause its deficiency.
Hence, these four essential nutrients support each other and strengthen the health, while preventing numerous severe health issues. Their imbalance has been linked to stroke and heart attacks, as well as vitamin D toxicity in some cases.
Namely, vitamin K2 keeps calcium in its appropriate place, so its deficiency will lead to accumulation of added calcium in the wrong places. Moreover, the oral intake of vitamin D should be combined either with food, or supplemental vitamin K2 and more magnesium.
Mega doses of vitamin D supplements combined with reduced amounts of K2 and magnesium may cause magnesium deficiency symptoms and vitamin D toxicity.
Thus, magnesium and vitamin K2 complement each other, and magnesium regulates the high blood pressure.
Therefore, you must be aware of the fact that when you take some of these four nutrients, magnesium, calcium, vitamin K2, or vitamin D3, you should make sure you maintain their balance in the body, as they function synergistically.
Calcium can be consumed through dairy products, seeds, nuts and deep green leafy vegetables. You can also have a homemade bone broth. You should simmer leftover bones over low heat during the day in order to extract the calcium from the bones, add a few tablespoons of vinegar, and drink it, or add it to your stews, and soups .
Moreover, make sure you eat the “skin” created on the top, as it is high in important nutrients, like sulfur, and healthful fats. On the other hand, you cannot find magnesium easily in our modern food supply.