In the previous post we learned that the human body requires magnesium for over 3700 different processes – which was only recently thought to be at 327! Either way, both numbers represent more bodily processes than any other vitamin, mineral or nutrient is needed for.
In this post, we look at WHY we need magnesium so much, and what this means for our heart, brain, nerves, muscles, skin, liver, eyes, digestive organs, bones, DNA and all other areas of our body. We then also look at the logical relationship between magnesium deficiency and every major disease.
Dr. Richard Danel on magnesium & our bodies
Watch MgHealth’s short video below with Dr. Richard Danel of the International Society for the Development of Research on Magnesium. He tells us how and why magnesium is deeply rooted in human life:
The beginnings of human life
As Dr. Danel explains: When life on earth was evolving from single-celled organisms into more complex life forms, the three factors that were instrumental to this process were water, oxygen and magnesium. Thus over millions of years, as we saw the gradual evolution of more complex physical atributes (such as our intestine, brain and heart), magnesium was central to their evolutionary formation.
This is why now, as an extremely complex life-form of trillions of cells making up many complex organs, the human body needs magnesium for all its major functions. Think about it logically:
If magnesium fueled the evolutionary development of all our body parts, how can it not be rooted in their function? Of course it is. It has no choice but to be!
Our 2 most vital functions
So just how strongly is magnesium engrained in our everyday life? Well, without it, it’s impossible for us to perform our two most basic life processes:
- To make energy to sustain life.
- To repair our body daily and prevent physical deterioration.
Making Our Energy: The main reason we eat carbs and fats is so our cells can convert them into energy molecules called ATP (adenosine triphosphate). We make trillions of these each second, and they power everything we do! All the body’s pathways of turning carbs & fat into ATP use magnesium: Glycolysis, Beta oxidation, CTA cycle & Oxidative phosphoryllation. If that wasn’t enough: magnesium is also a necessary part of the actual ATP molecule itself!! Magnesium IS ENERGY!
Physical Regeneration: The main reason we eat protein is it gives our body the building blocks (amino acids) we need to rebuild our physical body. This happens when our cells assemble the amino acids into specific proteins that then become part of our tissues, nerves and organs. This process is called protein synthesis, and it requires many enzymes which simply cannot work without magnesium. The two primary enzymes are RNA-polymerases and Ribosomes. DNA polymerase is another one, which is needed for cell division:
Magnesium in every organ & disease
As we can imagine, every single body part needs energy and needs to maintain its physical structure. Thus it makes sense how magnesium is involved in the health of all areas of our body.
In addition to energy and physical repair, we also need magnesium for the more specific functions of our major bodily systems such as our cardiovascular system, neves & brain, metabolism, digestive system, bones & joints, muscular system, sleep, skin, DNA and more. When we look at magnesium’s role in each of these areas, it comes as no surprise that magnesium deficiency is found in all the major diseases of these bodily systems including:
Depression, mood disorders, migraines, ADHD, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, heart disease, heart attacks & stroke, high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, osteoporosis, arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, obesity, diabetes, cancer, digestive problems, skin conditions & rapid aging, muscular wasting and slowed recovery.
If you or anyone you know suffers from any of these problems, it’s important to know about magnesium deficiency’s role in these conditions. The reason why your doctor may not have mentioned magnesium deficiency, is that the medical establishment in North America currently uses inneffective magnesium blood tests. Most doctors use the serum blood test which has been clearly shown by scientists to fail at identifying magnesium deficiency.
For a full list of magnesium deficiency symptoms and to learn more about how to truly test your magnesium levels, read our next post in the Magnesium Basics series.
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