Are You Getting Enough Magnesium

magnesium

Magnesium is an important mineral that helps regulate blood sugar and blood pressure. It creates protein and strengthens bones and the immune system. Involved in heart, nerve and muscle function, magnesium may also help to prevent liver problems.

Food processing, soil conditions and dietary habits all play a role in decreasing levels of magnesium. Vitamin and mineral depletion in the soil has been linked to the use of pesticides and fertilizers by some experts. Also, the amount of magnesium in refined oils, sugar and grains have been reduced to almost zero.

Mother Earth News, Charles Benbrook, Ph.D. and agricultural expert explained:

High nitrogen levels make plants grow fast and bulk up with carbohydrates and water. Although the produce is heavier and larger, they lack in nutritional quality.

Dr. Mildred Seelig, author of The Magnesium Factor:

If restaurant, homemade, or store-bought food contains fat, refined flour, and/or sugar as one or more of the major ingredients, it is a low-magnesium, and quite possibly high-calorie, food. A steady diet of such foods year after year can produce a magnesium deficit. The deficiency can develop in to metabolic syndrome X, a major factor in heart disease.

Foods that contain magnesium:

Beans, oats, spinach, curly kale, beet greens, baked potato, artichoke, butternut squash, plantain, Swiss chard, okra, raspberries, blackberries, whole grains, fish, mackerel, halibut, blackeye peas, nuts and cooked quinoa. Spinach, dark chocolate and almonds are good sources for magnesium, however, they contain oxalates that may hinder absorption.

Those who have difficulty digesting foods, or have a liver disorder and the elderly  may become deficient in magnesium.

Symptoms of low magnesium levels:

Low calcium and potassium levels, sodium retention, tremors, fatigue, loss of appetite, numbness, tingling, weakness, muscle spasms, nausea, abnormal heart rhythms and mood changes.

Supplemental Magnesium

There are various forms of magnesium. Oxide is the most prevalent, but is not very effective. Aspartate is not recommended because it is similar to excito-toxins aspartame and msg. Other forms include citrate, malate, glutamate, glycinate, taurinate, lactate, chloride and a few more.

Magnesium lactate and chloride absorb better than the oxide form. Malate is combined with malic acid, which is found in apples, and helps to produce bile. It is also recommended for fibromyalgia and rheumatism. The B vitamins assist in magnesium absorption.

Daily Dose of Magnesium

The amount on average over the age of 19 are 200 to 250 milligrams every day. Not common at this dose, there exist a potential of a toxic overload, therefore an occasional three month program may be all that is needed to boost magnesium levels.

Liz Olivia

avoid soy

Soymilk sales soared from $2 million in ‘80 to $300 million in ‘99. Soybean oil is found in hundreds of processed foods; baked goods, tortilla chips, margarine, mayonnaise, and imitation dairy products all contain soy. It has taken the place in the standard American diet of the real fats in butter, milk, meat, and fish. We are eating more and more largely due to the unchallenged health claims of the soy lobby. Soy beans are made into highly refined oil with factory methods that are unhealthy. The oil is produced with immense heat and pressure in a process called extraction. Heat-treated oils go rancid, they spoil and rancid oils are carcinogenic.

The soy foods Americans eat flunk the real food test. Soy is processed through the system when eaten in very small quantity, fermented and with animal foods. This is how Asians have consumed soy for the past thousand years. Soy must be fermented in order to be digestible to humans. The consumption of soy should be limited to fermented soy products like miso, tempeh, natto, or a naturally fermented soy sauce (tamari)Soy is higher in phytoestrogens than just about any other food source. Phytoestrogens are plant-based estrogens that mimic estrogen in our bodies. In recent years, you may have read about studies indicating phytoestrogens are good for you. The soy industry themselves funded the studies. Independent research has clearly shown that consuming phytoestrogens is dangerous for the human body.
A leading cause of breast cancer, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, infertility, and low libido is associated with unopposed estrogen, or estrogen dominance. Why, then, would anyone argue that we should consume more of a food high in estrogen? Many foods are goitrogenic (thyroid suppressing), but soy is king of them all. Goitrogens work by preventing the thyroid from getting the necessary amount of iodine.
It is also a very allergic food and hard to digest. Contrary to the popular myth, Asians do not eat soy as a staple food, but rather only as a condiment. Soy poses real health risks, including sterility, cancer, and stunted development.As a convenience food for humans, with slick marketing and the halo of a health food, soy is worth billions. In America, soy farming is big business, worth more than $12 billion in 1999.To review the dangers of hydrogenated oils, visit
http://www.sssbiotic.com/content/oil_article.asp
 

Soy is no joy!
 Soy is rich in trypsin inhibitors. Trypsin is a digestive enzyme we need to properly digest protein. Without enough trypsin, digestive problems including stomach cramps, diarrhea, bleeding and eventual pancreatic problems can result. Soy blocks the uptake of the essential minerals – calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and especially zinc – in the intestinal tract. 

Stay well,  Astrolivia