What is Magnesium?
Magnesium is an essential mineral required by every organ in the body for a range of activities including bone, protein and fatty acid formation.
It is also essential in activating vitamins B and D, relaxing muscles, regulating calcium levels and helping blood to clot and is required for the secretion of insulin. Many of us do not get enough magnesium in our diets. Adults require about 300 to 400 milligrams a day.
Where do you get Magnesium from?
Magnesium is found in varying levels in nuts, wholegrains, dark green vegetables, fish and meat.
Magnesium deficiency is one of the most common nutritional problems in the industrialized world today.
Modern agricultural practices of growing plants in devitalized, overworked soil and using pesticides and NPK fertilizers deplete the soil of magnesium. Refining, processing and cooking further deplete our food of this essential mineral.
The Standard Western Diet, rich in processed foods, sugar, fat and salt is not only deficient in magnesium, but also increases the need for magnesium in the body. Excessively high protein diets, caffeine, luncheon meats, carbonated beverages, alcohol and pharmaceutical drugs also deplete magnesium reserves.
As a result of intensive farming practices and increasing pollution, food values of magnesium have been dropping over the last fifty years and unfortunately, even those following a healthy balanced diet will probably be deficient in this essential mineral. Today it is almost impossible to eat enough fruits and vegetables to supply the body with enough minerals to remain in good health.
If Magnesium is low in dietary sources, how can we get it into our bodies?
Via the skin, using liquid Magnesium Chloride.
It is the quickest and most convenient way of getting the required magnesium into the cells and tissues.
It is easily absorbed through the skin and does not have the laxative effect associated with oral supplementation.
With daily use, it is possible to restore intracellular magnesium levels in 4-6 weeks, whereas oral magnesium supplementation takes between 6-12 months.
Using other forms of magnesium is not as effective because for it to be absorbed, it needs to be converted into the chloride version. When using other magnesium salts, the body needs to produce additional hydrochloric acid to enable absorption.
It is the only form of supplementation which increases the level of DHEA, an important anti-aging hormone.