When it comes to minerals, some are more important than others.
It’s just a fact of life.
What I’m not saying to you is others aren’t important. But some really are more important.
Think about it this way.
If you’re driving a car, side-view mirrors and a rear-view mirror are needed to drive safely. But, if you needed to drive and didn’t have those equipped on your car you could make do. It would just make things a little tougher.
Same thing with a windshield.
You could drive without a windshield. You might be picking bugs out of your teeth a week after you drive, but you could make it work.
But can you imagine driving a car without an engine? Or without tires?
Now you can see how somethings are more important than others.
And in many of my blog posts I talk about various processes, that if disrupted, can lead to serious problems. What I haven’t mentioned is most of these processes require at some fundamental level a select few ingredients to even get started in the first place.
And if the title gave away anything at all, then you know you’re about to learn what the most important mineral of all.
If you’ve read my other articles I’ve written, you might think I’m just a one trick pony when it comes to talking about deficiencies with nutrients.
Well that’s not entirely accurate
Let me go ahead an unpack this topic and show you why I believe deficiencies in regards to magnesium (and other nutrients) are so prevalent and why they matter so much.
Magnesium, What Is It Good For?
Magnesium is influential in more than 300 metabolic processes. This makes it one of the most important (if not the most important) mineral of all. It’s actually more important than calcium, potassium or sodium and even regulates how all three of them work inside the body.
Dr. Norman Shealy, a prominent neurosurgeons and a pioneer in the development of pain medicines, has said “Every known illness is associated with a magnesium deficiency” and “magnesium is the most critical mineral required for electrical stability of every cell in the body.”
And Dr. Mark Hyman writes, “A deficiency in this critical nutrients makes you twice as likely to die as other people, according to a study published in The Journal of Intensive Care Medicine. It also accounts for a long list of symptoms and diseases — which are easily helped and often cured by adding this nutrient. In fact, in my practice, this nutrient is one of my secret weapons against illness. Yet up to half of Americans are deficient in this nutrient and don’t know it.”
So there’s that too.
And as GreenMedInfo wrote in a highly regarded report:
The proteome, or entire set of proteins expressed by the human genome, contains well over 100,000 distinct protein structures, despite the fact that there are believed to be only 20,300 protein-coding genes in the human genome. The discovery of the “magneseome,” as its being called, adds additional complexity to the picture, indicating that the presence or absence of adequate levels of this basic mineral may epigenetically alter the expression and behavior of the proteins in our body, thereby altering the course of both health and disease.
So basically without magnesium in your body you can expect to struggle to maintain good health.
Enough beating around the bush, let me tell you what magnesium is needed for.
Magnesium is necessary for the formation of healthy bones.
While I talked extensively about the role of vitamin k2 in helping to regulate bone growth,magnesium is right there along with k2 in helping bones grow.
You see, when people take calcium to help grow strong bones (which can’t be done without k2, see this article) they often do that in the absence of a counter-balanced amount of magnesium.
The truth is your body needs calcium and magnesium in a precise ratio of 1:1. When that ratio is achieved, then magnesium can work with calcium to help move it into the structures of the bones and teeth.
But that’s definitely not where magnesium stops being useful.
It’s also incredibly important in helping muscles move properly.
When your muscles don’t get enough magnesium they will spasm, and then eventually fail to contract strongly.
This has severe implications when it comes to heart health. The reason is your heart desperately needs magnesium to pump blood efficiently. As a matter of fact, your left ventricle should have more magnesium contained within its tissue than any other muscle in the body.
If a deficiency were to arise then your ventricle wouldn’t move blood through the heart efficiently and that could lead to an arrhythmia or worse.
Not to mention magnesium is vital in helping with the following health functions:
- It’s helpful in energy product as it activates adenosine triphosphate (ATP)
- Works to breakdown and digest proteins, carbohydrates, and fats
- Helps in the synthesis of RNA and DNA
- Vital in the production of neurotransmitters like serotonin
- Helps to balance blood sugar levels
- Works to relax blood vessels
- Influential in building strong bones and teeth
- Works with the body’s natural detoxification processes
- Regulates the synthesis of glutathione, the body’s master antioxidant
It’s not hard to see how important magnesium is. And I really didn’t get too deep in to all of the processes magnesium is essential for.
But why are we deficient?
I’ll show you.
The Reason You’re Deficient in Magnesium
As you know I’m a huge believer in diet being used to correct many of the health problems we’re confronted with on a daily basis.
But there’s one thing you can’t control all that well when it comes to your diet.
That’s the quality of the soil your food is grown in.
The truth is the industrialization of agriculture has stripped the soil of the many valuable nutrients it contained only a few hundred years ago. The inconvenient truth here is the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and insecticides, have left us with topsoil that is woefully deficient in the minerals needed for human health.
Plants can grow in the soil because they’re protected from disease by these additives, but that also means they’re less nutritive than they should be.
It’s believed that the 80% of soil in the U.S. can’t grow plants that have enough magnesium for Health As It Ought To Be.
And since that’s the case, it’s becoming harder and harder for people to fortify their diet with enough magnesium to walk in vibrant, robust health.
This is one of the main reasons so many of us are deficient in the nutrients we need to have for optimal health.
Since there isn’t an absolutely reliable blood test for magnesium deficiency, you ultimately need to rely on context clues to tell if you’re lacking in this mineral.
In the next article I send I’ll be writing about what to look out for, as well as telling you which kind of magnesium to supplement with, along with how you can still get magnesium from natural sources.