“Dag! My bones are snap, cracklin’ and poppin’ like a bowl of Rice Krispies this morning!”

“Very descriptive. Saw you massaging your knees again. Still hurt?  What’d your doctor say?”

“Says its possibly the onset of osteoarthritis. Nothing to do about it ‘cept use drugs to control the pain. Oh well — there go my plans for aging gracefully.”

“Bullshit, Blu! Excuse my french, but I’ve been reading that a deficiency in the mineral magnesium can be a cause in developing osteoarthritis.”

“Ok, first of all — that’s not french, but you’re excused. So, I guess you can say magnesium can give you a real boner… heh, heh, heh!… Get it? Bones, boner ?”

“Yeah… I get it you silly.”

Even though calcium and vitamin D get most of the spotlight in supporting bone health, mounting evidence suggests that magnesium deficiency may be an additional risk factor for osteoarthritis. This may be due to the fact that magnesium deficiency alters calcium metabolism and the hormones that regulate calcium.

The following symptoms can point to low magnesium levels:

  • Inability to sleep or insomnia

  • Irritability

  • Sensitivity to noise

  • Mental disturbances

  • Anxiety, depression or restlessness

  • Muscle soreness or spasms

  • Infertility or PMS

  • High levels of stress

  • Headaches

  • Heart “flutters” or palpitations

  • Fatigue or unusual tiredness

  • Coldness in extremities

  • Fuzzy brain or difficulty concentrating

  • Allergies and sensitivities

  • Lack of appetite

  • Back pain

  • Body odor

  • Bad short-term memory

  • Poor coordination

  • Insulin resistance

  • Carbohydrate cravings

  • Constipation

  • Frequent cavities or poor dental health

  • Gut disorders

  • Kidney stones

  • Thyroid problems

Here’s the science behind it:

s12sA healthy cell has high magnesium and low calcium levels. The higher the calcium level and the lower the magnesium level in the extra-cellular fluid, the harder is it for cells to pump the calcium out. The result is that the mitochondria (energy factories of the cells) gradually calcify and energy production decreases.
Without sufficient magnesium, calcium can collect in the soft tissues and cause osteoarthritis. In osteoarthritics, calcium is poorly absorbed into their blood and bones.
Magnesium is the eighth most abundant mineral on earth, the third most abundant in sea water, but more importantly, it is the fourth most abundant mineral in the human body!

Magnesium is necessary for hundreds of functions within the body, but it especially:

  • Gives rigidity AND flexibility to your bones (more important than Calcium in many cases)

  • Increases bioavailability of calcium

  • Regulates and normalizes blood pressure

  • Prevents and reverses kidney stone formation

  • Promotes restful sleep

  • Helps prevent congestive heart failure

  • Eases muscle cramps and spasms

  • Lowers serum cholesterol levels and triglycerides

  • Decreases insulin resistance

  • Can prevent atherosclerosis and strokes

  • Ends cluster and migraine headaches

  • Enhances circulation

  • Relieves fibromyalgia and chronic pain

  • Treats asthma and emphysema

  • Helps make proteins

  • Encourages proper elimination

  • Prevents osteoporosis

  • Promotes proper Vitamin D absorption

  • Protects from radiation

  • Aids weight loss

  • Lessens or removes ADD or ADHD in children

  • Aids in proper carbohydrate digestion

  • Shows emerging evidence as a preventative role in many cancers

7915761964_c545292c90_zMagnesium is an essential mineral for real!  I intend to begin supplementing STAT! since I can check off on way too many of the deficiency symptoms. 

Doing a bit more research, I found that the best ways to get your daily requirement of Magnesium ( for me: 420 mg/day,according to my age and sex ) are:
In powder form with a product like Natural Calm so that you can vary your dose and work up slowly.
In ionic liquid form so that it can be added to food and drinks and dose can be worked up slowly.
In transdermal form by using Magnesium oil applied to skin. This is often the most effective option for those with damaged digestive tract or severe deficiency.



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