It’s estimated that more than 90% of adults are deficient in magnesium — at risk of sudden death from a heart attack and of developing diabetes. Hundreds of biochemical functions that drive energy metabolism and DNA repair are fuelled by magnesium. We rely on eating vegetables and other natural foods grown in magnesium-rich soils as our source of this vital mineral. However, most people don`t eat enough fresh vegetables to supply adequate magnesium, while poor farming practices have depleted the mineral from commercially grown crops.
Magnesium is used by hundreds of enzymes in the body to regulate blood sugar metabolism. The mineral is known to dampen the inflammation that interferes with healthy blood sugar. The results of a study published in the journal “Biologic Trace Elements Research” shows that as magnesium levels in the blood increase, the risk of Type II diabetes declines in a corresponding fashion. By boosting levels of fat storage hormones such as adiponectin, magnesium plays a critical role in protecting metabolic function and lowering risk of diabetes.
More than 250,000 people die each year from Sudden Cardiac Death. The Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study demonstrated that those with the highest magnesium in blood circulation had a 40% lower risk of dying from a heart attack, contrasted to those with the lowest levels.
Magnesium is necessary to relax blood vessels and arteries while maintaining normal blood pressure. Further research has demonstrated the effect of magnesium on dangerous plaque formation. Low levels of magnesium are associated with the development of foamy plaque on the inner lining of the coronary arteries, as well as thickening of the artery walls. High levels of magnesium were shown to decrease arterial wall thickness by 42%.
The “normal” diet of manufactured foods does not supply sufficient magnesium to counteract disease. Good sources of magnesium are raw soaked nuts and seeds in their natural state, as well as organically grown vegetables and leafy greens, such as wheatgrass.