Why the body needs magnesium
Magnesium is essential for every cell, every tissue, every organ and every living thing. Magnesium is essential for life and the body has to be supplied.
Magnesium is a component of
- The energetically active matrix (Mg-ATP).
- The powerhouses of the cell (mitochondria).
- Various metabolic catalysts (enzymes).
- Cell membranes.
- Diaphragm pumps.
Magnesium is responsible for
- The functional capability of approximately 300 different metabolic catalysts.
- The stabilization of membranes, proteins, and nucleic acids.
- The conduction of nerve and muscle cells.
- The controlled release of certain hormones.
- Bone strength.
All of these processes and functions are disturbed when the body has too little magnesium available.
Calcium is responsible for the contraction of the muscles (systole) – magnesium for their relaxation (diastole). When the body has enough magnesium, it hardly ever experiences soreness.
Magnesium deficiency can cause arm and leg muscles to cramp so much that even the tendons are overstretched.
Stomach, liver, gall bladder and kidneys cannot relax without magnesium and so will fulfill its function only to a limited extent. You feel tired and cramped.
Vessels, Heart, Circulatory
Magnesium is important for blood vessels – especially for the arteries, so they don’t cramp. Magnesium plays a very important role with respect to the sensitivity of insulin and the regulation of blood pressure. These health issues are known risk factors for a diseased heart.
One of the most important nutrients for the heart is Magnesium: The mineral, in combination with calcium, controls the rhythm of each heartbeat (Calcium pulls the heart muscle together – Magnesium relaxes it). In each cell of the heart muscle, the mineral is needed in sufficient quantities otherwise the heart’s electrical system can become erratic. An inefficient heart results which leads to improper oxygenation of the body and organs of the body.
Blood vessels are sensitive to a magnesium deficiency. Narrowing of the vessels can occur. Thus, the blood pressure and blood flow will increase. A narrowing of the cardiac coronary vessels may result in a feeling of tightness in the chest (angina and an increased risk for a heart attack).
With a magnesium deficiency the immune system is severely weakened. The white blood cells (leukocytes) are reduced, the blood flow to the feet and the nasal mucosa is reduced. Therefore, the risk of catching infections like a cold or flu increases. With magnesium the immune system is strengthened and the formation of antibodies may be enhanced.
Magnesium is responsible for the generation of energy from fat, carbohydrates and proteins. There are many metabolic processes in which magnesium is essential: Blood sugar (glucose) is transferred to cells of the muscles via the blood. Glucose phosphate must now be made. This is accomplished by the enzyme hexokinase ATP and magnesium.
Magnesium eats fat. For the breakdown of fat much magnesium is needed. Magnesium is a component of fat consuming enzymes
Formation of Teeth, Bone and Cartilage
Magnesium plays a role in the formation of bones. It influences the activities of the osteoclasts and osteoblasts. Magnesium affects the concentrations of the parathyroid hormone as well as the active form of vitamin D.
Strengthening the Nervous System
Magnesium deficiency leads to hyper excitability of the nerves. Typical symptoms include nervousness, restlessness, insomnia, and an increased susceptibility to stress, as well as leg cramps and twitching eyes.
Magnesium has a calming effect on the nervous system so it is often used to promote healthy sleep. One can also use it to soothe irritated and over excited nerves. This is especially useful for epileptic seizures, convulsions in pregnant women and the “trembling” of alcoholics. Alcoholics usually have low magnesium levels, which is one reason for their numerous health problems. Many of the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease may be relieved with an increased intake of magnesium.
Electrical Balance, Cell Metabolism
Magnesium is the single most important mineral for maintaining the electrical balance and to facilitate cellular metabolism. It regulates the electrical activity of the cells, both between the cells and into the cells.
A large epidemiological study published in 1994, which was attended by several thousand adults, showed that magnesium intake through diet had an effect on the lung function. A deficiency of magnesium led to respiratory symptoms. At that time, the scientists concluded that the lack of magnesium intake led to the development of bronchial asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It is a fact that magnesium affects a variety of physiological processes in the body. Magnesium inhibits calcium-mediated histamine secretion from mast cells which weakens the inflammatory process of the bronchial mucous membranes and thus causes bronchial hyperactivity. It was found that an increased intake of magnesium gave an improved lung function and shortness of breath was improved.
Epilepsy is characterized by an abnormally low magnesium level in the blood, spinal fluid and in the brain, which causes the extreme irritability of the nerves in some brain regions. There are reports of cases of epilepsy that even completely disappeared after the administration of magnesium or greatly improved. A study found that the severity of epilepsy depended on the magnesium levels in the blood. Magnesium works best along with vitamin B6 and zinc. Magnesium in sufficient concentration helps to prevent convulsions by limiting or slowing the propagation of the electrical discharge of an isolated group of brain cells to the rest of the brain. Even the first outbreak of firing nerve cells, which triggers an epileptic attack can be suppressed by magnesium.
Cell Reproduction – The Most Important Function
Magnesium plays a vital role in cell division. Therefore, a constant supply of magnesium every day of the year is so important. Without magnesium the body cannot produce healthy cell copies.
Protection Against Heavy Effects of Metal
Magnesium may protect the body against the dangers of toxic metals such as mercury, lead and cadmium.
Magnesium can reverse the age-related degenerative calcification of our body structure and thereby contribute to rejuvenation. Magnesium has been known to be called the “fountain of youth mineral”. Young women, children and especially babies have soft body structures and smooth skin with low calcium and high magnesium levels in the organs and tissues. They need plenty of calcium in general. This is the biochemistry of youth. As we age, we are becoming more rigid, which is most evident in old men and post-menopausal women. The arteries harden and cause arteriosclerosis, the skeletal system calcifies, leading to stiffness and fusion of the vertebrae and joints, the kidneys and other organs and glands calcify and harden more and more resulting in stone formation. Calcification in the eyes causes cataracts, and even the skin hardens, becomes stiff and wrinkled.
Without Magnesium, Vitamin C is Ineffective
Everyone knows how important Vitamin C is and many people take care to ensure they consume plentiful amounts in their diets, whether it be with fruits, juices or vitamin pills. According to official sources we need 100 milligrams of vitamin C per day.
From the mineral magnesium we need, also according to official sources, four times as much as vitamin C – and hardly anyone cares. In this case, vitamin C, without magnesium, does NOTHING. Without magnesium, vitamin C is excreted unused. Vitamin C is supposed to ward off infection, we remain susceptible to infections until we think of magnesium.
Only in the presence of magnesium, vitamin C is active, fights free radicals, supports the immune system and triggers the production of a variety of hormones and neurotransmitters.
Without Magnesium There Is No Life
Magnesium, however, is not only responsible for the activation of vitamin C. In reality, there is no single area within the body where magnesium would not be needed. Around 320 enzymes cannot do their job without magnesium.
- Without magnesium the nervous system would collapse.
- Without magnesium there is no muscle relaxation.
- Without magnesium the blood pressure would rise and the blood would clump together, there would be thrombosis that could lead to myocardial infarction and stroke.
- Without magnesium Insulin does not transport a single spoonful of sugar into the cells.
- Without magnesium our body could not form proteins.
- Without magnesium we would have kidney stones.
- Without magnesium we would more susceptible to cancer.
- Without magnesium we would be toothless and wrinkled.
- Without magnesium we would always be tired and suffer from insomnia.
- Without magnesium life would not be possible.