I recently heard Magnesium is called “The Lamp of Life”. I personally began incorporating this mineral into my life on a more regular basis and am definitely feeling the benefits of a calmer mind, sounder sleep, and more regular digestion. In my endless curiosity to understand how the body works and heals, I delved deeper into my search for understanding.
As a forever science nerd, I was completely blown away when I found this quote;
As Dr. Mark Sircus puts it in his book, Transdermal Magnesium Therapy:
“Chlorophyll with its magnesium core is recognized as one of nature’s richest sources of important nutrients where its rich green pigment is vital for the body’s rapid assimilation of amino acids and for the synthesis of enzymes. Thus, hundreds of enzymes need magnesium in order to work, which is why magnesium affects every aspect of our physiology.
Magnesium is needed by plants to form chlorophyll, which is the substance that makes plants green. Without magnesium sitting inside the heart of chlorophyll, plants would not be able to take nutrition from the sun because the process of photosynthesis would not go on. When magnesium is deficient things begin to die. In reality we cannot take a breath, move a muscle or think a thought without enough magnesium in our cells.”
Enzymes are the vehicles through which our body processes work and without proper magnesium, the body experiences a failure to thrive including loss of hair, weight gain, muscle cramping, cold hands and feet, irregular menstrual cycles, low energy, heartbeat irregularities, and so on. Interestingly, often times these symptoms lead to diagnoses of low thyroid function however the thyroid tests show the hormone is within normal limits.
Ultimately, proper magnesium levels allow the cell to maintain its permeability and regulation; receive what it needs to function properly and support the body systems to work in harmony. It is estimated that 80% of people in developed countries have magnesium deficiency.
Some common causes include:
- Synthetic Vitamin C competes with magnesium absorption and thus depletes it in the system (it’s better to eat the fruit containing the Vitamin C than to take synthetic Vitamin C supplements)
Water which is lacking minerals from the earth
Eating sugar – it takes 50 molecules of magnesium to process one molecule of refined white sugar, which quickly depletes magnesium
Diabetes causes the body to flush out important minerals, including magnesium
Malabsorption – lack of friendly bacteria in the gut
Taking synthetic calcium supplements
Alcohol, coffee, soda and birth control pill use
Synthetic oral Vitamin D – it binds the magnesium
Foods high in magnesium are:
Green leafy vegetables (cooked)
Orange juice (fresh-squeezed)