Magnesium & Heart Health: The Lost Secret

By on May 10, 2013

Magnesium & Heart Health The Lost Secret

Have you wondered what's really behind the high rates of heart disease in our modern world? Is it really high cholesterol? That doesn't make any sense, given how much effort has now been and is still being put into lowering people's cholesterol blood levels.

As a matter of fact, cholesterol is vital to your heart's and your brain's health. There's nothing wrong with it, in and of itself. And many people in modern society actually need to get more of it.

High cholesterol levels don't cause heart disease. Most heart disease, heart attacks, and strokes are linked to calcium deposits adhered to arterial walls, which thus causes arteriosclerosis -- the root cause of most heart disease.

However...there is clearly something wrong with our diets. Why is it that people with heart disease strongly tend to have high levels of cholesterol in their blood, given that cholesterol is so healthy and even necessary for us?

It's because cholesterol, like calcium, must be efficiently metabolized to be what nature or the Creator Of All intends for it to be for us. So what we're seeing is a dreadful metabolic problem -- as a matter of fact, it has been called metabolic syndrome.

There are many factors that go into engendering the dis-ease of metabolic syndrome, which drives you down the highway to heart disease. But the biggest and baddest one of them all is probably a chronic deficiency in magnesium.

Modern Diets Are Chronically Deficient in Magnesium, Not Chronically High in Cholesterol

The importance of a sufficient intake of magnesium to heart health cannot be overstated.

And remember what was just stated above about the problem of retention of calcium leading to heart disease? Magnesium expert Mildred Seelig writes, "The body tends to retain calcium when in a magnesium-deficient state. Extra calcium intake at such a time could cause an abnormal rise of calcium levels inside the cells, including the cells of the heart and blood vessels."

Seelig is also known for calling magnesium "the silent guardian of our hearts and arteries" and "necessary for life". In addition, Dr. Carolyn Dean has referred to magnesium as "the missing link to total health".

Recently at the time of this writing, a massive study of 60,000 Japanese people between the ages of 40 and 79 concluded that sufficient magnesium intake cuts the risk of heart disease in half! The people in the study were tracked for almost 15 years, so these research findings are more than solid.

Meanwhile, other recent research involving 7,664 Dutch men and women split the participants into five different groups based on magnesium levels. Those in the bottom 20 percent for magnesium intake were 60 percent more likely than all others to suffer from ischemic heart disease -- and, they were also 70 percent more likely to die from it than anyone else suffering from it in the other groups!

Why Are Our Magnesium Levels Chronically Low?

As a society, our favorite modern foods are, typically, refined foods. They're refined because processing them gives them longer shelf life, makes them easier to cook and bake with, brings down their price, and makes them easier to digest. (We're all about the quick energy fix today, you know.)

Unfortunately, there are negative effects of this refinement process which far outweigh the supposed benefits. And one of the most negative of all effects is to strip foods that contain magnesium naturally of all or almost all of this most precious mineral.

As if that weren't bad enough, our modern world is also replete with dietary and lifestyle norms that deplete us of the magnesium that we do get into our bodies. These include:

  • Prolonged high stress levels (under high stress, the body burns up more magnesium)
  • Excessive caffeine consumption (diuretics cause our kidneys to flush out magnesium)
  • Irresponsible alcohol consumption (another diuretic)
  • Drinking dark-colored sodas (the phosphorous in these drinks chemically binds to magnesium and transports it out of the body)
  • Consuming tons of refined sugar (refined sugar induces magnesium flushing by the kidneys)

What Can You Do to Increase Your Magnesium Levels?

Even if you're a healthy eater and into being fit, you probably need more magnesium in your diet. At least 75% of people in the modern world do. And if you work out a lot or are otherwise constantly on the go, but aren't getting sufficient magnesium, you're at high risk for developing muscle spasms and muscle cramps, not to mention migraines.

Foods naturally high in magnesium include:

  • Seafood & fish (especially halibut)
  • Leafy greens (spinach, turnip greens, collard greens, mustard greens, kale)
  • Almonds, cashews, and walnuts
  • Seeds (especially pumpkin seeds)
  • Beans (especially black beans)
  • Plantains (these are "dinner bananas" and not as sweet or as soft as bananas, and need to be cooked; but they are delicious)
  • Whole grains. This does not mean "whole wheat" products, which are nutritionally little other than brown-skinned "white bread" products.
  • Coconut milk

If you take a sports nutrition supplement such as, for instance, Muscle Milk, you will sometimes find that there are pretty good amounts of magnesium in these, too.

But Dr. Dean says "I'm convinced that to get enough magnesium today, you need to take supplements."

And the incredibly good news about this is that magnesium supplements are inexpensive and easy to find.

In Conclusion

The hidden secret to heart health in our world is getting sufficient magnesium. Of course, you should be doing many other things to maintain a healthy heart, too. But if you do all of them, yet neglect magnesium, you've still got something more to do.

Having more magnesium in your body is easy, however. Don't hesitate!


 
Brant David McLaughlin
Brant David McLaughlin
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