Healing Power of Magnesium

From the Show: Talk Healthy Today
Summary: Your bones are made of calcium, so therefore you should load up on calcium... right? You're missing a big part of the picture and may be putting your health in danger.
Air Date: 4/11/17
Duration: 16:20
Guest Bio: Carolyn Dean, MD, ND
Carolyn-DeanCarolyn Dean, MD, ND, is a medical doctor and naturopath. She is the author of 110 Kindle books and 33 health books covering a wide variety of topics, including The Magnesium Miracle and Atrial Fibrillation: Remineralize Your Heart.

Dr. Dean is on the Medical Advisory Board of the non-profit educational site Nutritional Magnesium Association. Her magnesium outreach has won her an award from the Heart Rhythm Society in the UK for “Outstanding Medical Contribution to Cardiac Rhythm Management-2012.”

Dr. Dean has a free online newsletter, a valuable online two-year wellness program called Completement Now! and a 2-hour call in Radio Show called Dr. Carolyn Dean Live at Mondays at 4pm PST.
  • Book Title: Atrial Fibrillation: Remineralize Your Heart
  • Guest Twitter Account: @DrCarolynDean
Healing Power of Magnesium
When doctors began uncovering the concerns surrounding osteoporosis, they focused heavily on calcium consumption and supplementation.

After all, your bones are made of calcium, so therefore you should load up on calcium... right?

Since then, studies have shown that women who take calcium supplements only are at a higher risk of heart disease.

What is the correlation?

Calcium can precipitate in tissues and cause build-up of atherosclerosis. A balance is needed for the appropriate contraction and relaxation in muscles, the heart muscle included.

In terms of bone health, you need a lot of other nutrients; collagen, for example. Magnesium allows the bones to be more supple and less brittle. 

Unfortunately, magnesium is difficult to measure in the blood. A "normal" range based on blood serum levels might be anything but.

Symptoms of a magnesium deficiency include: migraines, muscle twitching and spasms, leg cramps (Charlie horse), esophageal reflux (GERD), high blood pressure, angina, constipation, depression, fibromyalgia, IBS, insomnia, kidney stones, PMS, seizures, even infertility due to spams in the Fallopian tubes.

Sufferers may take prescription or OTC drugs to address these symptoms, but those drugs often deplete magnesium levels even more, furthering the vicious cycle.

An optimal dose depends on one's deficiency, but no less than 600 mg per day and up to 1,000-1,200 mg per day. The mineral can have a laxative effect if you take too much, so look for a version that will prevent that effect. For example, magnesium oxide is especially harsh on your bowels, with only four percent of the mineral being absorbed by the body.

Listen in as Dr. Carolyn Dean joins host Lisa Davis to explain why magnesium is so essential for not only bone health, but overall health as well, and how you can start healing your health issues simply by taking into consideration a potential magnesium deficiency. 

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