Magnesium the Magnificent
I've been out on the road selling at local farmer's markets this summer and had a couple people ask me for magnesium cream for their anxious children to use at night. I thought since more than one person asked me for it that I should look into it and create something.
There are copious amounts of information out there about this wonder supplement and being an avid researcher, I found it enjoyable to learn about and not only did I learn, and create a cream for sale, but used it last night and had the deepest, restful sleep I've had in a while. I take 800 mg of oral supplements every night, but realize that they may not be completely absorbing. Last night I took oral magnesium and I applied the cream I made, very little, on my feet. Deep sleep.
Little known magnesium facts I've learned:
It is an electrolyte, needed for our brain, nerves, heart, eyes, immune system, and muscles to function. Your body needs magesium to accomplish 300 biochemical reactions in your body: required for protein synthesis, muscle and nerve function, blood glucose control, blood pressure regulation. Structural development of bone and required for synthesis of DNA< RAN and the antioxidant glutathione. Also transports calcium and potassium ions across cell membranes, important for nerve impulse conduction, muscle contraction, and normal heart rhythm.
Our body contains 25 g magnesium, with 50 to 60% present in bones and most of the rest in soft tissue. It is the fourth most abundant mineral in our bodies.
50- 90% of us are deficient in magnesium!
Magnesium supplementation can help the following disorders:
ADHD, children an take 200 mgs daily over six months had a decrease in hyperactivity.
Adrenal Fatigue: calms stress levels and rehabs hormones, regulates cortisol.
Anxiety or depression: calms down the excitatory NMDA receptor.
Asthma, people deficient in magnesium have higher incidences of asthma
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, half are deficient in magnesium
High Blood Pressure, lowers blood pressure naturally
Heart Problems, lower magnesium in the body contributes to a higher risk of cardiac issues.
Inflammation, decreases CRP and NfKb, two inflammatory blood markers
Migraines and other headaches, 50% of sufferers are deficient in magnesium
Low Thyroid hormone levels, magnesium is essential to the production of thyroid hormones.
OCD, people who suffer have lower levels of magnesium compared to control groups.
Muscle Cramps, Spasms, charley horses in legs, they are signs of magnesium deficiency, also helps ease menstrual cramps.
Premature Aging, deficiency of this vital mineral speeds up the death of human endothelial cells and fibroblasts, leading to accelerating aging and diseases.
Poor Memory:, Sleep Trouble, and Weak Bones!
I have been taking oral doses of magnesium but found when I added the cream last night, it made the effects much stronger. I am going to work with tampering with my oral and topical doses to maximize emotional and physical health. I noticed more of a deep rest with topical application last night. I don't think the oral supplementation has been totally effective for me.
Foods rich in magnesium:
Figs, Avocado, Banana, Raspberries, Nuts, seeds, peas, broccoli, cabbage, green beans, artichokes, asparagus, brussels sprouts, salmon, mackerel, tuna, quinoa, almonds, cashews, black beans, edamame, peanuts, spinach, swiss chard, dark chocolate, pumpkin seeds.