Reversing Magnesium Deficiency

Magnesium is a mineral that’s gaining a lot of ground these days possibly because of the likelihood of there being less of it in the ground. With nutrient-depleted soil having a serious effect on food crops, there are likely less magnesium-rich whole grains, lentils and green leafy vegetables being consumed.

More to the point, the popularity of processed and packaged food is a key factor in people eating far less nutritious food. The result is a deficiency of essential dietary nutrients, including minerals such as magnesium.

Based on data published by the United Stated Department of Agriculture, a 2005-06 food survey of 8,437 people of all ages revealed that nearly one-half of all individuals had an inadequate intake of magnesium.1

As a stand-alone mineral, magnesium plays such an important role in the body that a person cannot afford to have inadequate amounts. The health and function of bones, the heart, muscles and nerves depends on magnesium. In fact, there are over 300 magnesium-dependent enzymes that cannot react efficiently without this mineral. As an extreme example, the production of cellular energy—ATP—would simply cease without magnesium.

Some of the most noticeable symptoms of magnesium deficiency involve muscle cramps, spasms, aches, etc. That’s because magnesium is needed for the proper contraction and relaxation of muscle tissue.

The Mag-nificence Answer

Fortunately, there are simple solutions to ensure that magnesium intake is sufficient. The Mag-nificence line of topical magnesium offers a choice of applications: bath additive, lotion and spray. A combined use of all three speeds up the delivery of magnesium to cells.

Mag-nificence replenishes magnesium levels and offers relief from those all-too-common muscular issues. Add magnesium-rich CWR to a hot bath for a relieving soak. Apply the moisturizing lotion around the affected area or use the spray directly on skin to soothe muscle cramps, spasms or aches. These are magnificent solutions to a magnesium deficiency, so choose Mag-nificence.

I love AIM’s Mag-nificence lotion for my sore muscles.
—Linda Dickinson, AIM Member

1 USDA Website, accessed January 10, 2018, http://bit.ly/MagnesiumStats

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7 Nutritional Strategies for Headaches

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If you suffer from headaches, migraine or otherwise, finding dietary strategies may prove difficult. Take the banana as an example.  The banana has a lot of good stuff in it: potassium, magnesium, vitamin B 6 and vitamin C. A lot of these nutrients and minerals appear on this list of headache fighters. However, bananas also find themselves on the list of possible migraine trigger foods. That means, finding a nutritional strategy is really an individual journey, one that should possibly be even undertaken with the aid of a health care professional.  With that said, here’s a list of vitamins and minerals that have shown promise for headache prevention and elimination.

  1. Vitamin B-2 (Riboflavin) 
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50% RDI of B-2, B-6, B-12

According to current lines of scientific thought, migraine sufferers are believed to have an impaired ability to metabolize oxygen due to mitochondrial dysfunction. Since riboflavin plays such an important role in metabolism, it could therefore improve mitochondrial functioning and overall oxygen metabolism. The majority of test subjects in a Belgian study saw a significant reduction in migraine attacks after consuming 400 mg of vitamin B-2 daily.

2. Magnesium

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High concentration topical magnesium

Of all the nutrients on this list, magnesium probably has the best scientific evidence backing it for migraine prevention, migraine reduction and headache relief in general.

  • First, people who suffer from migraines are believed to have magnesium deficiencies in their brains.
  •  Secondly, serotonin deficiency can cause migraines. Guess what nutrient balances serotonin levels? It’s magnesium.
  • Thirdly, it’s shown promise as a way to relieve PMS-related headaches.
  • Magnesium may also be able to stop small, calcium-related blood clots from forming and causing headaches.
  • For general headaches, magnesium may relieve tension and spasms in the head and neck muscles.

3. CoQ10

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60 mg of CoQ10, balanced EFAs

A 2002 study found that migraine sufferers who took CoQ10 for periods of three months or more reduced their frequency of attacks by half.

Sources (1-3): Migraine Trust, The Magnesium Miracle

4. Omega 3 Fatty Acids

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Balanced omega fatty acids

In a small study published in Pain, researchers found that balanced omega fatty acids reduced headache pain and frequency and improved quality of life. A 2002 study on adolescents found that omega 3’s may be beneficial for recurring migraines.

5. Folate, B6, and B12

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10% RDI folate and other B Vitamins

A study released in early 2015 linked a diet high in the B vitamins folate (B-9), B-6 and B-12 to a reduction in migraine frequencies.

6. Probiotics

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Friendly bacteria

Some headaches are associated with a stomach bug known as helicobacter pylori.  Eliminating that stomach bug with antibiotics cleared up the headaches. However, if those people followed up the antibiotics with probiotics, they only had a 20% chance of relapse. Those who took the antibiotics alone were 50% likely to relapse.  Source: CBS News

Counter-intuitively, irritable bowel syndrome can cause headaches. Probiotics may relieve IBS and would then reduce headaches in that way.

7. Vitamin B-3, Calcium and Vitamin D

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38% RDI Calcium, 70% RDI Vitamin D, 26% RDI Magnesium

Vitamin B-3, calcium and vitamin D have all shown promise as a way to reduce premenstrual headaches.

Magnesium for Healthier Bodies

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Magnesium’s function in the human body is vast—everything from electrolyte maintenance to metabolism to heart health and so much more can be traced back to magnesium. The new AIM Mag-nificence™ can help create a body in balance and lead to improved health in a number of areas.

How can you tell if you need more magnesium?

Without a definitive test for magnesium deficiency, the best option is careful self-examination of your diet and lifestyle. Answer the following questions to see where you stand.

Do you regularly drink dark-colored soft drinks?

The phosphates in these sodas bind with magnesium and hinder its efficacy

Do you eat sweet foods and desserts on a regular basis?
Refined sugars rob the body of vital nutrients, including magnesium.

Are you constantly under stress?
The body uses magnesium to counter emotionally stressful situations.

Have you recently undergone a major medical procedure?
Like emotional stress, physical stress takes a toll on the magnesium reserves in your body.

Do you drink coffee, tea, or caffeinated beverages daily?
Caffeine causes the kidneys to release extra magnesium.

Do you take prescription drugs?
Certain diuretics, heart medications, asthma medications, birth control pills, and estrogen replacement therapies may cause magnesium deficiency by way of excess kidney filtering, similar to caffeine’s effect.

Do you drink more than seven alcoholic beverages per week?
Like caffeine and prescription drugs, a high intake of alcohol can cause the kidneys to over-excrete magnesium.

Do you take calcium supplements without a proper ratio of magnesium supplements?
Magnesium and calcium work hand-in-hand, but when the amount of calcium greatly exceeds that of magnesium, the imbalance can hinder magnesium absorption and retention.

Do you experience neurologic or neuromuscular symptoms?
Neurologic symptoms may include anxiety, restlessness, or sleeplessness; neuromuscular symptoms may include spasms, cramps, and tics. These signs could hint at magnesium deficiency since magnesium plays an important role in the health of the neurologic system.

Are you over the age of fifty-five?
Aging, stress, and disease all contribute to lower magnesium levels.

To meet your magnesium need, consider the Mag-nificence family of products —three new applications: bath crystals, spray, and gel, plus traditional AIM Cell Wellness Restorer™ bath additive.

Magnesium Has Gone Mainstream But So Has Magnesium Deficiency

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A recent story published on CNN.com proves that magnesium and magnesium deficiency have finally nabbed the spotlight of the mainstream media. CNN interviewed Dr, Danine Fruge the Associate Medical Director at the Pritikin Longevity Center in Miami, Florida who reminds us that less than 25% of the US populace receives their daily allotment of magnesium.

Without magnesium your heart would not beat. It regulates muscle and nerve function. It’s involved in the production of DNA, protein and bone.  It’s an electrolyte so it helps move electricity through the body. It has a role in blood glucose control and blood pressure regulation. But most people aren’t aware they are lacking in this crucial micronutrient. Magnesium deficiency has been dubbed, “The invisible Deficiency” by medical experts.

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Magnesium was discovered by Joseph Black

The symptoms of magnesium deficiency are often hard to catch because A) the deficiency is hard to test for and b) deficiency is often a side effect of something more serious like an illness or alcoholism.  Side effects of low magnesium levels include: Leg cramps, numbness, seizures, foot pain, muscle twitches, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, weakness. And if you run out of magnesium,  your calcium and potassium levels may also become depleted, leading to further health problems. (I recently wrote about what happens when you don’t get enough potassium on The Red Rush Blog).  Other more severe side effects include personality changes, abnormal heart rhythms and coronary spasms.

Source NIH:

In the CNN article, Dr. Fruge pinpoints the biggest threat to magnesium levels: Soda, caffeine and alcohol. Also, there are a lot of medications that deplete magnesium as well. (Talk your doctor).  (Think about your magnesium tonight as you celebrate the New Year).

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 Health Benefits of Magnesium:

For informational purposes only. Not to be construed medical advice. 

1. Cardiovascular Health:

A study out of Harvard published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found a link between higher intakes of magnesium and a 22% risk reduction of ischemic heart disease and a 30% risk reduction of cardiovascular disease. Another Harvard study found that magnesium may reduce the risk of stroke by 9%, and a scientific paper published in Europe reported that magnesium supplementation reduced blood pressure by 4 mmHG points systolic and three points diastolic.

2. Magnesium Reduces Inflammation Markers

Web MD:Adults who consume less than the recommended amount of magnesium are more likely to have elevated inflammation markers. Inflammation, in turn, has been associated with major health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and certain cancers. Also, low magnesium appears to be a risk factor for osteoporosis.

3. Magnesium Is Used to Treat Constipation

That’s why it’s the active ingredient in most laxatives.

4. Diabetes

From Dr. OZ Blog

Perhaps the area where magnesium could have the biggest impact is in the prevention of diabetes: Scientists have proven that magnesium levels are low in people with diabetes; people with higher magnesium levels do not develop diabetes; and that supplementing with magnesium appears to help reverse pre-diabetes.

5. Eclampsia 

Magnesium sulfate is often used to treat pre-eclampsia.

6. Asthma 

Doctors are looking at magnesium as a way to treat asthma.