The Multitasked Mineral


A World War I French doctor, Dr Joseph Favier considering the positive effects of Magnesium Chloride on some of his patients with prostate illnesses called it a ‘Miracle Mineral’. Relevant doses taken regularly saw his patients feeling better.1

Magnesium occurs naturally and promotes most enzymatic activities that take place in the body; acting as a cofactor. It is also known to be involved in energy production. Other functions in the human body include:

·         Neutralizes the stomach acids.

·         Acts as a laxative against constipation.

·         Works with Calcium to ensure proper nerve and muscle function

·         Promotes prostate function by helping its muscles relax to expel semen and urinate easily.

Some lifestyles are known to deplete Magnesium in the body; this includes increase in alcohol levels, addiction to coffee, soda and excessive sweating. Low Magnesium in the blood results in a high Calcium: Magnesium ratio which has been associated with prostate cancer, this has also triggered stress response thereby reducing Magnesium the more. This can also result in anxiety, erectile dysfunction due to muscle spasm and weakness, and chronic stress.

The University of Maryland Medical Center recommends 400 mg daily for men between the ages of 19 and 30, and 420 mg per day for men 31 and older2. Magnesium absorption from the gut decreases and renal magnesium excretion increases with age therefore the need for an increase in Magnesium intake with age. Excess doses are rarely from foods and could result in diarrhea, abdominal cramping and nausea. Therefore, caution should be taken in using supplements to avert an overdose.

 Food sources include nuts such as peanuts, almond, cashew nuts etc, whole grains, fruits and green leafy vegetables. In cases of deficiencies, supplements might be required .

 

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