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Magnesium: The Most Overlooked Mineral for Improving Health
Magnesium is essential to your digestive health. Magnesium is used in the production of the body’s digestive enzymes. It is also used by the colon as an osmotic laxative. Finally, magnesium can restore regularity to the bowels and reduce the amount of muscle spasms in the colon.
The majority of Americans are deficient in magnesium (could be as high as 80%), and this worsens the epidemic of diabetes and heart disease to explode! Now, you have probably had a magnesium blood test in your adult life, and the test results came back as normal. Well, don't feel relieved just yet! Your body's total magnesium that is reflected on the results of the blood test is only about 2%, and your body does whatever it can to keep this level normal. If this level isn’t maintained, you could suffer from heart arrhythmia and even possibly have a heart attack! Our bodies are completely deficient in magnesium, in our bones, organs, and even on a cellular level.
Magnesium is important in over 325 enzyme reactions in the body. It is used to regulate blood sugar in the body, and to help prevent you from developing diabetes. Magnesium relaxes arteries that carry blood throughout the body, which lowers blood pressure. Magnesium also chelates extra Calcium in the body; this keeps the arteries from hardening due to excess calcium. Finally, Magnesium supplementation can help lower stress and anxiety levels.
Lets take a look at the many magnesium types and their functions, but the best form I can recommend is Magnesium Glycinate. The body absorbs the most elemental magnesium from Glycinate. The extra Glycine, an amino acid, relaxes nerves, and relieves anxiety.
Possible Symptoms of A Magnesium Deficiency
This is a list of possible symptoms a patient might have if they have a magnesium deficiency. If a magnesium deficiency is present you can still have a magnesium deficiency and not have any of these symptoms as well. This often occurs in patients that are younger (age helps reduce the symptoms of a magnesium deficiency), and it can also depend on the gender (men tend to have less symptoms than women). Most people should supplement with 400 mg of elemental magnesium (as long as their kidney function is normal) even if they don't know if they are deficient.
• Tingling in Legs - Magnesium deficiency is the main cause of Restless Legs Syndrome
• Leg Cramps (Charlie Horse)
• Elevated Blood Pressure and/or Pulse
• Heart Disease
• Irregular Heartbeat (Palpitations)
Diagnostic Tests for Magnesium Deficiency
Here is a simple guide of the different tests that are used to determine if you have a magnesium deficiency or not.
Magnesium Serum Test – This is the most common magnesium test performed and also the most inaccurate. Less than 1% of the body’s total magnesium is in the blood plasma and the body does whatever it takes to keep that number regular. If you score low on a plasma test then you are in dire need of magnesium and you are definitely deficient in your bones, organs, and muscles. This test is used to measure extracellular magnesium levels.. Normal plasma magnesium levels are, 1.6 - 2.4 mEq/L. This test doesn’t accurately measure the body’s total magnesium level, but is the test most often used for diagnostic testing.
Magnesium RBC Test – This is a more accurate test that quantifies the amount of magnesium stored in the red blood cells. This test measures intracellular magnesium levels. This test gives you the amount of magnesium that has been stored in your cells for the past four months. Results of 6 mg / dl or higher indicate strong magnesium reserves in the body.
Magnesium WBC Test - This test is more accurate than the RBC test. Like the magnesium RBC test, the WBC test also measures intracellular magnesium levels. This test gives you the amount of magnesium that is currently in your cells, it doesn’t show an average of magnesium in the cells over a period of time like the RBC test. This test isn’t available to many doctors or diagnostic labs.
Magnesium EXA Test – This is the best test to determine magnesium deficiency. This test is performed by scraping your cheek buccal cells for a sample so that levels of magnesium stored in your cells, bones, and muscles can be determined. Like the WBC test, the EXA test is considered a intracellular magnesium test. The EXA test will account for 99% of the body’s total magnesium, and is the most accurate diagnostic test for magnesium currently.
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