Are You Getting Enough Magnesium?

“If you have concerns about cardiovascular health, osteoporosis, muscle cramps or low energy levels, you may not be getting enough magnesium.”

The health benefits of magnesium which is vital for healthy bones, blood sugar regulation and good circulation are well known, but new Dr. Godo Magnesiumresearch published recently shows that magnesium is more important than we thought. Dr. Dennis Goodman, one of the top heart specialists in the United States prescribes magnesium instead of statin drugs (cholesterol lowering drugs) and says “Magnesium is one of the most overlooked, underused answers to heart disease. Simply put, magnesium is one of the most essential nutrients for promoting and maintaining proper heart function.”

New research also suggests that magnesium helps restore aging brains to a younger state and is useful to help prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

So why is magnesium so important? Magnesium is a critical co-factor in more than 300 enzymatic reactions in the human body. And many of them are tied to energy production. Deficiencies in magnesium ultimately yield lower energy states, which means cells can’t maintain balance, which means they are more susceptible to environmental toxins and infections, which causes free radicals to increase.

The typical American diet creates a relative acidic chemistry. Excess acids can also cause free radicals. Magnesium helps buffer excess acid because it is a key alkalizing mineral. If we are deficient in magnesium, this lowered energy state is what causes the nervous system to be compromised which means muscles can’t fire properly and spasm can occur anywhere but especially in the heart and vascular tissue.

Magnesium acts as an antioxidant and protects DNA and intracellular proteins. Over 95% of the magnesium is in the cell so lowered magnesium levels translate into increased levels of inflammation.

Any of the following three factors can cause you to be low in magnesium. First factor is reduced dietary levels. Although we can get magnesium naturally from leafy green vegetables, artichokes, bananas, certain nuts and grains, most people still aren’t getting enough magnesium through foods.

One study by the National Institute of Health showed 68% of the American population was depleted in magnesium while other experts put the number closer to 80%. Anyone in that 80% is at a cellular disadvantage.

The next factor is your ratio of magnesium to calcium. If a certain mineral is increased in your body another mineral will be decreased or displaced. For example, if you increase zinc, you reduce copper. In the same way, if we INCREASE calcium, we REDUCE magnesium.

The National Institute of Health now recommends that the optimum calcium intake be further increased to 1500 mg/day to prevent osteoporosis. This recommendation disregards the already substandard magnesium intake by most people which is less than 300 mg/day. That would bring the calcium to magnesium ratio to 5/1 which is above the 4/1 ratio of Finland. Finland has the highest ischemic heart disease death rate for young to middle-aged men.

In terms of osteoporosis, bone loss is accelerated when there is a magnesium deficiency. Most people think of taking calcium for bone health. But since calcium displaces magnesium, if magnesium deficient people take more calcium, it can further exacerbate bone loss.

The third factor is the amount of stress that we experience. Dr. Mildred Seelig formerly one of the world’s authorities on magnesium stated that “stress, both physical and emotional, evokes the release of stress hormones. Stress hormones in excess cause magnesium loss and inactivation, and can be implicated in cardiovascular disorders.”

If you are deficient in magnesium, then how much magnesium do you need? Dr. Seelig suggested a sliding scale based on sex, weight and stress. Dr. Godo can determine a proper dosage, but for “new tissue formation and repair” which includes most people, higher doses can be recommended. With my patients I suggest Mg-Zyme by Biotics Research. Mg-Zyme provides 100 mg of elemental magnesium in the aspartate, gluconate and glycinate forms.

Dr. Godo MagnesiumTrue prevention for any disease is really about making our cells as healthy as possible which allows every cell to utilize its own defense mechanisms. We need a balance of all the nutrients for energy production, and that includes making sure we get enough magnesium.

If you have concerns about cardiovascular health, osteoporosis, muscle cramps or just need more energy, ask Dr. Godo about the benefits of magnesium. Dr. Godo can put together a plan that will help get your body in balance.

You may be taking vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids as you should, even making better lifestyle choices. But it never hurts to make sure you are getting enough magnesium to energize your cells for optimal heart function, bone health and boosting antioxidants to combat free radicals.

Hopefully you are asking yourself “Am I getting enough magnesium?”

Dr. Jason Godo, DC Discount code: DFILC501

Foods That Are Zapping Your Brain

“Flavor enhances called excitotoxins are added in large doses to food that cause excitement in the brain, cells become exhausted and die.”

Have you ever wondered why the food at most restaurants tastes so good? Maybe you’ve tried to make it at home, but even if you have the recipe, it doesn’t taste “quite” the same. This is because “flavor enhancers” or MSG is added to most of the foods in restaurants as well as packaged foods, soups, salad dressings, etc.Wellness_Minute_Flavor_Enhancers

“Flavor enhancers” called “excitotoxins” are added in large doses under misleading names that sound harmless. Excitotoxins are toxins or poisons that cause excitement in the brain. Certain brain cells get excited and they fire rapidly. Cells become exhausted and in one hour they suddenly die.

Excitotoxins are “free radical” generators. Glutamate, aspartate, and L-cysteine can stimulate large amounts of free radicals within exposed neurons. This results in the progressive death of these exposed motor neurons which can lead to  neurodegenerative diseases. Excess excitotoxic stimulation results in the buildup of free radicals and eventually it overwhelms the cell’s ability to neutralize them.

Take a look at the list of ingredients on the packages of foods you buy. Is ONE or MORE of these added? Vegetable protein, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, textured vegetable protein, sodium or calcium caseinate, enzymes, spices, autolyzed yeast, yeast extract, natural flavor, carrageen, broth or stock.

Infant formulas are loaded with flavor enhancers like MSG. Many baby foods, especially toddler foods, have large amounts of MSG added to them. This is dangerous and harmful for the developing brains of children.

We have an epidemic of attention deficit disorder, mood disorders, outbursts of anger and other mental illness that are diagnosed in children! I’ve had several calls from young moms with babies that develop seizures in the first year of life. Doctors prescribe drugs with dangerous side effects for these seizures. I’ve recommended Mixed EFAs and organic or homemade baby foods. “Mysteriously” the seizures are gone.

I have treated many children whose mothers were desperate for answers when their children presented behavioral problems that are routinely treated with drugs. In every case I found low blood sugar to be a major factor. When their diet was changed their behaviors remarkably improved and not one has needed to resort to medications.

The elderly are at risk as well. Let’s face it, neurodegenerative diseases are at an all time high and rising. Food industry lobbyists go to drastic means to prevent knowledge of this from being made public. Money is the driving force behind it.

The food industry uses deceiving methods to keep us from knowing these “excitotoxins” have been added to our foods. We are told that only small amounts are being used and are not harmful, based upon animal research. The truth is: Humans are more susceptible to MSG than ANY experimental animals; our brains are five times more sensitive than mice and 20 times more sensitive than the rhesus monkey.

Marketers also claim that these excitotoxins can’t penetrate the blood brain barrier which protects our brain. That’s not exactly true. The brain receives the same blood that flows through the body. Therefore, it is exposed to high concentrations of chemicals in the blood from metabolism and from the diet. Some of these chemicals are toxic to the brain. Without the blood brain barrier these chemicals would do serious damage to the brain and spinal cord.

This barrier excludes some substances while allowing others free passage. NutraSweet® opens the blood brain barrier and the glutamate that is in your blood seeps into the brain. For example, a person with MS can get significantly worse for days or weeks after eating just one serving of a food containing flavor enhancers.

Wellness_Minute_Flavor_Enhancers1Dr. Godo can recommend supplements which can be effective to help stabilize your blood brain barrier and coach you how to protect your brain. We want to avoid ANY additives in our diet that can cause excessive neuron damage. With supplementation we can assist the cell’s ability to combat the accumulation of free radicals in the brain by supplying antioxidants.

Supplements which support the fight against free radicals in the brain are N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine, Coenzyme Q10, lipoic acid, taurine and Acetyl-L-Carnitine.

And along with supplementation let’s get back to real food. Fresh, natural and  organic foods possess properties science has yet to understand, and best of all, the taste is amazing without added neurotoxins. Plus if we eat real food, we won’t have to worry about compromising of one of our most valuable assets… our brain.

Dr. Jason Godo, DC

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