Why Magnesium Is a Miracle Mineral, and How You Can Get its Benefits

Keenan Eriksson
Oct 29, 2018 · 8 min read
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On April 3rd of 2017, I was having as good a day as one could hope for. The Crossfit Open Competition had ended a week prior, and I was returning to my old schedule of two-a-day training sessions of Olympic Weightlifting and Crossfit Workouts. After about an hour of technical work on the Clean and Jerk, I decided that as a mental-toughness exercise, I’d go ahead and hit the saunas. Little did I know, that one decision would change my entire life.

I felt spent, and I knew that using the sauna was not going to be helpful to my physical training. That said, I never could have guessed that my body would crash and I’d be having a panic attack within the hour which would lead me to the emergency room and render me confused and afraid for the rest of the night.

Worse still, the next morning I would experience chronic anxiety for the first time in my life, and this would mark the beginning of physical and mental symptoms that would last for months and even years onward.

I hope you’re wondering how the heck any of this has to do with magnesium. Well, unlike many of the other supplements I write about, magnesium is near and dear to my heart for the simple reason that it stopped my panic attacks, and was the first true relief I had after crashing my body.

You see, magnesium is an essential mineral. It is involved in a proven 300 enzymatic processes in our bodies, and it is estimated to be involved in 700 or more processes in total. Despite this, for all it’s importance, most people are deficient in this essential mineral, and deficiency can contribute to panic attacks, heart problems, and even psychosis.

Magnesium is involved in almost everything our body does, so why are we deficient? Dr. Carolyn Dean has written extensively on the subject, and I suggest everyone take the time to read her book: The Magnesium Miracle, where she discusses these factors when it comes to deficiency:

  • Low Content Food Sources: We used to get most of our magnesium from plant consumption, but now a days, most of the vegetables we eat are low in magnesium if they contain it at all. This is in part due to the massive over-use of pesticides and fertilizers which leach magnesium from the soil and prevent its absorption into plants. In 2004, a study by Dr. Donald Davis showed that nutrient content in crops had declined up to 40% since the 1950s. This, combined with low nutrient absorption in many people due to gut health problems means that food sources alone are not enough to maintain healthy magnesium levels in most people.

There are other factors involved in magnesium deficiency, such as diuretics, caffeine consumption, exercise (we lose some magnesium in our sweat,) and toxin exposure, but more importantly than why we are deficient is how we can address it. Magnesium is an electrolyte, and it is affected by the levels of other electrolytes in your body. Because of this, it is possible technically to imbalance your other electrolytes by taking magnesium.

With that in mind, it is best to get blood testing regularly before and during supplementation of magnesium to correct a deficiency. To start, get a full electrolyte panel WITH the RBC Magnesium Test. Remember, a serum blood test is basically worthless. Optimal results on the RBC blood test for magnesium are 6.0 to 6.5 mg/dL.

Once you have confirmed low magnesium levels, now we need to raise them. When it comes to magnesium supplementation, the kind of magnesium you take matters. Most magnesium products use a form of magnesium called magnesium oxide, but it is barely absorbed and really doesn’t help raise your levels. Instead, you’ll want to use one of the many forms of absorbable magnesium. I’ve listed some of my personal favorites below:

  • Magnesium Citrate: Magnesium citrate is magnesium paired with vitamin C and is one of the most popular forms of absorbable magnesium. Magnesium citrate is a great option if you are worried about taking too much magnesium, due to the fact that your body will offload excess magnesium rather than absorbing it. By offloading, I mean that when you take too much, you get loose stool. The most popular brand is Natural Calm citrate powder, which may be found at many local health grocers as well as online.

Look, in truth, I could write about magnesium all day, but then I’d be asking you to read a book and not an article. Thankfully, if you are interested in more information, there is already a great book written by a much better author that I mentioned earlier: The Magnesium Miracle by Dr. Carolyn Dean. I believe everyone should read it in order to educate themselves, but here’s who really needs it:

  • Anyone Dealing With Health Problems of Any Kind: Remember, correcting magnesium deficiency has even reversed the symptoms of psychosis in some individuals. It is involved in over 300 enzymatic processes in the body, so if you have health problems, look into your magnesium.

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