The Forgotten Miracle Nutrient

One overlooked natural substance is Magnesium ~ a real jewel ~ it is something so universally beneficial.

The benefits of Magnesium on the human body:

  • Relaxes blood vessels
  • Every tissue
  • Every organ
  • Major weapon against depression and suicide
Deficiencies of Magnesium are linked to many maladies.  These include:
  • Heart disease
  • Strokes
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Abnormal kidney function
  • Muscle weakness
  • Diabetes
  • Insulin resistance
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Inflammation
  • Excitotoxicity
  • Neurodegenerative diseases
  • Impaired lung function
  • Cancer
  • Immune system disorders
A poor way to measure your magnesium levels is by testing your blood levels.  Why?
“Because 99 percent of the magnesium in our bodies is located within the cells.  Only 1 percent is in the blood.  Doctors who order a blood test and then tell their patients they have normal magnesium levels are not looking in the right place.”   ~ Dr. Russell L. Blaylock, M.D.
Several studies have shown that you can be severely depleted of tissue and organ magnesium yet have perfectly normal blood levels.  It is obvious to Dr. Blaylock, after several years of study, that he found in many instances damage done by a disease process comes not from outside the body, but rather from inside.   He continues, “. . . the mechanisms activated by the body to protect itself in the short term can — if activated persistently — result in considerable damage to tissues and organs in the long term.”
Dr. Blaylock has emphasized in several of his newsletters that medical science is discovering that chronic, low-level inflammation is a key factor in a great many diseases.  In cases of persistent viral diseases,  such as herpes viruses, it is not the virus itself that destroys tissues and organs.  It is the body’s reaction to the viruses:
“When viruses invade the body, the immune system is activated.  It releases massive amounts of free radicals and lipid peroxidation products in an attempt to kill the virus.  If the virus is not killed rapidly, thus allowing the immune system to return to normal, these oxidation products begin to destroy the body’s surrounding tissues.”  
~ Dr. Russell L. Blaylock, M.D.
Massive amounts of free radicals and lipid peroxidation are produced inside your body when you are exposed to any of the following:
  • Industrial pollutants
  • Toxic metals (mercury, aluminum, cadmium, and lead)
  • Pesticides and herbicides
  • Excess iron
  • High levels of excitotoxins
  • Oxidized fats
You see, normal cholesterol is harmless but oxidized cholesterol is deadly.  When cholesterol (or any other fat) is oxidized, it triggers chronic immune activation.
Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) is a result of subsequent release of storms of free radicals and lipid peroxidation products.  It takes decades or even a lifetime to develop to this severity.
“The reason cancer takes so long to develop is that, in most cases, it results from chronic inflammation.  Over many years, released free radicals damage the DNA, which results in activating cancer genes and cancer-promoting cell signaling processes.”~ Dr. Blaylock
In the vast majority of cancers,  studies have shown, a smoldering chronic inflammation existed for as long as 17 years before the cancer developed.
How does Magnesium play into all of this?  
Magnesium has been shown to be a very powerful anti-inflammatory element as well as an antioxidant.
” . . . studies have shown that calcium itself is a major trigger for inflammation, which should cause concern for you — especially if you are a woman — who has been told to take large amounts of calcium supplements and drink milk to avoid osteoporosis.”  (Reference:  Lin, C.Y., et. al., Br J Anaesth 2010; 104(1):44-51.)
“Magnesium counteracts this negative effect of calcium, which means that if you take calcium supplements, you should take magnesium as well.” (Reference:  Bussiere, F.T., et. al., Eur J Nutr 2002; 41(5): 197-202.)
“Animal studies have also shown that as magnesium deficiency gets worse, the release of pro-inflammatory chemicals (called cytokines) increases dramatically.” (Reference: Weglicki, W.B. and Phillips, T.M., Am J Physiol 1992; 263(3): 3Pt2): R734-737.)
“Magnesium deficiency is very common, especially in those who eat a Western diet high in red meats, fats, and sugars, and low in fresh fruits and vegetables.  It is also known that carbonated sodas deplete the body’s magnesium.  Americans, both young and old, gulp down these dangerous sodas at a frantic pace.” ~ Dr. Blaylock
“As much as 75 percent of Americans eat diets deficient in magnesium, and two-thirds of these people are significantly deficient.”  ~ Dr. Blaylock
As your body becomes more inflamed with age, your risk increases for developing inflammation-related diseases such as hypertension, heart disease, cancer, neurodegeneration, and strokes.
We can help you!  If you want to live a life free from Inflammation-related diseases give Gerry, with Healthy Life Institute,  a call at 801-893-1190
Excerpts from:  Russell L. Blaylock, M.D., “Magnesium:  The Forgotten Miracle Nutrient,” The Blaylock Wellness Report,  Living a Long, Healthy Life, Vol. 8, No. 6, 2011.