The Marvels of Magnesium- Part IIModi Yoga Retreat
DR.SUGATA PYNE, MEDICAL SUPERINTENDENT, MODI LUXURY WELLNESS CENTRE
MAGNESIUM- ITS ROLE IN DIFFERENT DISEASES
In Part I, we learnt about magnesium and its role in our body. In this part, we will learn about how it is linked to almost all chronic diseases.
OBESITY & STRESS
Obesity is consistently linked to chronic stress, insulin resistance and inflammation, all three conditions heavily associated with deficiency of magnesium. According to Dr. Jerry Nadler of Eastern Virginia Medical School, diabetes also is a “magnesium deficiency state”. As per a study conducted by American Diabetes Association, use of magnesium supplements improved the symptoms of type 2 diabetes by improving insulin sensitivity and blood glucose control. These findings are also supported by Harvard Medical School.
It is a health disorder which is characterized by high level of fats in the blood (hyperlipidaemia), high blood pressure (hypertension), high blood sugar (hyperglycaemia) and excess fat around waist. This disorder increases the risk of heart disease. The relationship between magnesium deficiency and metabolic syndrome has been proved in numerous studies. Magnesium can help reverse each of the conditions of metabolic syndrome through complex physiological processes.
Sleep is very important because it gives the body time to rest and repair itself. Disturbances in sleep is linked to various disorders like obesity, cardiovascular disease, depression etc. Sleep is controlled by 2 main hormones- cortisol and melatonin. Magnesium is also responsible for production and metabolism of these hormones which in turn is responsible for your proper sleep.
CHRONIC PAIN& FATIGUE
Magnesium is the mineral of motion- it help the muscles to function and relax. Magnesium also regulate nerves and tone of the muscles. Hence, its deficiency results in muscle tension, spasms and ultimately muscle pain and fatigue. Adding to the problem is that chronic pain depletes the magnesium stored in the body in a much faster than normal rate. Since magnesium helps in production of energy in the body, its deficiency causes impaired mitochondrial function and hence Chronic fatigue syndrome.
It is a disease characterized by fatigue, depression, generalized muscle pain and few tender points in the body. Research studies have proved magnesium mitigated symptoms of fibromyalgia.
It is a chronic degenerative condition characterized by thin, brittle, porous bones and is responsible for the majority of hip, spine and wrist fractures in old age. Research has shown than magnesium not only helps to maintain and even restore bone density, but also improve the metabolism of calcium and vitamin D in the body, which are necessary for maintaining bone health.
They are small, hard mineral deposits that form inside the kidneys or urinary tract. Magnesium is a powerful agent that can prevent kidney stones.
It consist of a wide range of physical symptoms – headache, fatigue, bloating, breast tenderness, joint pain, fluid retention, behavioural changes, emotional disturbances etc. The disorder affects 70-90% of the women just before their menstrual cycle. Research has shown thatpeople who suffer from PMS typically has deficiency of magnesium in their red blood cells. Hence magnesium can relieve symptoms of PMS.
HEAVY METAL TOXICITY
With high levels of environmental pollution, hundreds of different toxins go inside the body. Long term exposure to these toxins and heavy metals can produce a wide variety of health problems and diseases including cancer and liver failure. Magnesium helps in detoxification of the body by allowing production and proper function of antioxidants .
Magnesium deficiency causes many gastrointestinal disorders like constipation, leaky gut syndrome, candidiasis, gastritis, IBS etc.
HEADACHE & MIGRAINE
While headaches and migraines can be caused due to multiple reasons, a significant of them is due to suboptimal levels of magnesium. Magnesium relaxes the blood vessels and allows them to dilate, reducing spasms and constrictions and thus in this way mitigate headaches.
Asthma is a chronic lung disease in which the airways become narrow and inflamed causing difficulty in breathing and cough. Magnesium is useful in preventing and treating asthma by controlling release of asthma causing chemicals in the body and keeping the muscles relaxed.
Magnesium can be very helpful in easing the early symptoms of depression. In an article published online by Psychology Today magnesium has been referred to as “the original chill pill”.
There is a very simple way to keep the heart healthy, prevent life threatening chronic ailments and avoid outrageous expenditures on expensive treatments and procedures: add magnesium to your diet.