Magnesium Crystals

Managing hypertension with magnesium is one of the 47 (and growing) diseases that have been found to have a significant relationship with low levels of magnesium.  It’s been found that 68% of the US population does not meet the US RDA for adequate amounts of magnesium, which according to some is a low estimate.

WARNING:
Magnesium can make some conditions worse: Kidney Disease, Atrial Fibrillation, Bradacardia (slow heart rate), Myasthenia Gravis or magnesium Level overload.

*IMPORTANT*:

If you are taking hypertensive medication, and begin to supplement with magnesium, check with your doctor to monitor for the probable need to reduce or eliminate your medication.

LIFE STYLE:
Our friend or foe – lifestyle – can be a factor for dramatic reduction of magnesium. Levels can vary from situation to to situation and hour to hour and I’ve listed just a few conditions or choices that may be impacting you.
Coffee
Diarrhea
Alcohol- any kind
Sodas- both diet and regular
High Table/Iodized Salt Intake
Stress – physical, emotional, mental
Carbohydrates- anything white (sugar, flour,rice) and high fructose corn syrup

BLOOD TESTS FOR MAGNESIUM LEVELS:
Except when evidence suggest that a severe magnesium deficiency exists, if your doctor suggests you do a blood test to evaluate your level, please consider this: a small percentage of magnesium is in the blood, most of it – most of it is contained in the cells.  So the possibility of a false negative (normal Level) may show when in fact there is a deficiency.
For greater information and research
Check out Dr. Carolyn Dean from  The Magnesium Miracle
“A serum test for magnesium is actually worse than ineffective, because a test result that is within normal limits lends a false sense of security about the status of the mineral in the body. It also explains why doctors don’t recognize magnesium deficiency; they assume serum magnesium levels are an accurate measure of all the magnesium in the body.”

CALCULATIONS AND DOSAGES:
In 1997, the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine increased the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for magnesium to 500 milligrams/day.  Many report this as the minimum with some advocating up to 1000 milligrams/day.  A good average for adults: 2 1/2 to 4 1/2 milligrams per day, per pound of body weight.

DIET SUPPLEMENTATION:
Eating magnesium-rich foods is an option, however unless you are very specific about where you get your food (organic, grown in fertilizer containing magnesium), the purpose will most likely be defeated due to depleted soils.

ORAL SUPPLEMENTS:
Look for magnesium products chelated with ALBION, (the world leader and innovator in mineral amino acid chelate nutrition).  You can obtain Albion chelated magnesium in Jigsaw Magnesium w/ SRT
Beware! Many companies market and claim their product to be made with a chelate (bound) to other ingredients that allow greater cellular absorption  – but in fact, contain elements of differing  types of magnesium, which can dramatically magnify a deficiency by causing diarrhea and have been found to be neurotoxic.

Many aspects affect the bodies ability to absorb oral magnesium.

Magnesium can be energizing so it’s best to take supplements in the earlier part of the day and refrain from taking in evening. Interesting though – it helps those with insomnia also, due to magnesium relaxing muscles!

BYPASS THE  DIGESTIVE HANG-UP AND POSSIBLE DIARRHEA:
Topical or trans dermal Magnesium enters the cells directly. It is found to be the most efficient method at restoring cellular magnesium levels in the shortest amount of time.
I recommend Ancient Minerals.
While some bath with Epsom Salts for magnesium, absorption can be short-lived as it contains sulfate, which is rapidly excreted through the kidneys and therefore difficult to assimilate.

The value of supplementing with magnesium can not be overstated and is just one more option for controlling your high blood pressure!

To your vibrant health!
Mona