Electrifies and Ignites Living Systems”
Magnesium is arguably the most important mineral in the
body. It is the lifeblood of all your energy systems. And it is the mineral
that is the most commonly deficient.
Magnesium and calcium are the yin and yang of body activity.
Calcium excites the nervous system and magnesium relaxes it. Calcium increases
the constriction of blood vessels and magnesium allows them to open. Calcium
may overactivate electrical activity and magnesium calms it. Calcium tends to
reduce blood flow and magnesium tends to increase it. Calcium and magnesium
adjust the levels and actions of the hormones that build and dissolve bone.
While both of these minerals are important, of especial significance is that
their actions are in an optimal balance.
The calcium craze that has women supplementing lots of
calcium for their bones is contributing to the epidemic of magnesium
deficiency. The overdrive of calcium compared to magnesium has aggravated the imbalances
with significant adverse health effects.
That magnesium deficiency is common has many factors leading
in this direction. These factors conspire to make deficiency the rule rather
than the exception. And in the end it there is an elegant solution, but first
it is important to understand the causes of this challenge.
To begin, studies indicate that most persons in America (and
by extension probably most developed countries) fail to consume the recommended
daily allowance of 400 mg of magnesium per day.
The National Health and Nutrition Survey of 2005-2006 found that for
persons not using supplements that the average intake was 268 mg per day for
men and 234 mg per day for women. In
part this poor general intake level is due to magnesium depleted soil growing
produce with considerably less magnesium than in prior decades.
Next, just because magnesium is ingested does not mean it is
effectively absorbed. Phytates, tannins, and fiber in food tend to bind
magnesium and prevent its absorption. One study of magnesium supplemented
cereal showed that magnesium was lost rather than gained by eating the cereal.
An even greater factor is the competition of minerals for
absorption. If calcium and magnesium salts are taken together, in the stomach
they become free minerals with a charge of +2. They then compete for the same
transport mechanism of +2 charged minerals. This mechanism is easily overloaded
so if a larger amount of magnesium is ingested a smaller amount is absorbed. In
particular, if calcium or other minerals with a charge of +2 are ingested,
magnesium absorption is further reduced.
The vast majority of magnesium supplements are in the form
of inorganic salts such as magnesium carbonate, oxide, sulfate, gluconate, or
chloride. These forms are all subject to
competition for absorption or being bound by dietary factors and rendered no
On top of these factors, any type of stress accelerates the
depletion of cellular magnesium. Ingestion of alcohol aggravates this even more
and can cause extreme losses. Many medications, including diuretics, cortisone,
oral contraceptives and antibiotics can heavily deplete magnesium.
While a blood test can be done to measure magnesium levels,
only a tiny fraction of body magnesium is in the blood plasma. For a truly
accurate measure, an intracellular magnesium test needs to be done, which is
much more specialized. In private communication, Robert Erdmann, author of “The
Amino Revolution” reported having tested 3000 Americans for their intracellular
magnesium levels. The sobering results were that of all the people tested, only
2 persons were found to have normal rather than deficient levels. This
underscores how widespread magnesium deficiency appears be in our culture.
The critical importance of magnesium is that it is
intimately related to the generation of energy in our bodies. Magnesium
participates in over 300 vital chemical reactions involving many systems and
functions, yet energy production trumps the rest. Virtually every reaction in
the body that involves the generation, transport, or use of the energy molecule
ATP (adenosine triphosphate) requires the presence and use of magnesium.
Intracellular deficiency of magnesium has been associated
with fatigue, irritability, depressed mood, muscle twitches and spasms, impaired
memory, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, tingling, vascular instability, and
even cardiac arrhythmias and seizures. Muscle cramps at night are especially
suggestive of depletion. Magnesium is
also critical for bone formation and deficiency predisposes to loss of bone
mass even if calcium intake is at or above recommended levels.
Few nutrients can make people feel so much better in so many
ways than simply absorbing and assimilating a sufficient amount of magnesium. While this is possible with inorganic
magnesium salts and from diet, a far more efficient avenue can be used.
In the process of digestion, a bit of molecular magic can
occur. As protein is digested, its building blocks of amino acids can be split
off one by one. When the alignments are just right, two amino acids can wrap
around a mineral with a charge of +2.
Such a double wrap of amino acids around a mineral such as
magnesium is called an amino acid chelate. Chelate is from the Greek word for
claw and it is literally like two pincers that can form around a mineral in a
neat tidy package.
When this occurs, great things happen for mineral
absorption, especially for magnesium. This packaging of a coordinated wrap of
amino acids neutralizes the charge of +2. In this form, minerals are no longer
bound by fiber and phytates, freeing them to be absorbed. In addition, the
minerals no longer compete, as this bypasses the usual +2 charge absorption
system. Even beyond that, there are active transport systems that facilitate
absorption into the blood and thence assimilation into the cells. Studies have shown that both absorption and
assimilation of magnesium can each be doubled or more with this delivery
There are different combinations of two amino acids that can
wrap around magnesium and other minerals. Depending upon the combination, this
may also target which cells and tissues are especially repleted with minerals.
A specific formula known as Mag Spectrum uses multiple
different amino acid chelates of magnesium. This delivers magnesium in a form
that generally goes to all the tissues of the body. There are also tailored forms that facilitate
delivery to the heart, nervous system, immune system and other tissues.
This formula includes an especially interesting form in
which two molecules of creatine wrap around magnesium. Creatine is a high
energy storage molecule for muscle, like a spare battery when muscles are
pushed to the max. Unfortunately its
absorption tends to limited by being broken down in the stomach. Combining
creatine and magnesium in this way protects the creatine from degradation and
effectively delivers both creatine and magnesium to exercising muscle. Clinical
studies with this form of magnesium have shown enhancements both of muscular
endurance and recovery in the stress test of motorcross racing.
The bioavailability of Mag Spectrum is further enhanced with
an advanced laser technology. This is known as the Qi laser, pronounced as ki
or key. The meaning of “Qi” is both life
force as in Eastern medicine as well as for quantum information. When activated with the system, nutrients have
shown a remarkable increase in bioavailability and bioactivity. This has been
especially clearly proven in agricultural studies. For example, nutrient formulas have been
developed that will double the mineral content of a non-GMO crop. Qi laser
activation of such a formula has been shown to provide and additional 2 to 5
fold increase in mineral content.
Compared to the control plants not given the nutrient formula, the laser
activated formula has shown increases of 500% to over 1000% in mineral content.
Through a colleague at the MIT of Mexico, the Monterey
Institute of technology, the relative bioavailability of Mag Spectrum compared
to the usual magnesium forms of agriculture has been studied. The Mag Spectrum
showed 15 to 25 times the magnesium delivery into the sap.
This magnesium formula has also been subjected to a
controlled clinical trial with 30 subjects in the treated group and 20 subjects
in the untreated control group. The study was conducted for one month and then
comparisons were made between the two groups.
The observations with respect to blood pressure were
extremely interesting. There was no significant change in blood pressure in the
control group. In comparison, there was no significant change in the treated
group for about 2 to 3 weeks, and then large clinically relevant reductions of
systolic and diastolic blood pressure were seen. This provided validation that
the formula supports the maintenance of healthy blood pressure. The study also
suggested that the subjects were likely depleted in magnesium and between the
second and third week, the deficiency was corrected and blood pressure
The study also showed that the efficiency of cardiac pump
function was also significantly increased in the treated group and unchanged in
the control group. Cardiac rhythm status became much more stable in the treated
group and again showed no significant change in the control group.
Of especial interest was the observation of serum magnesium
levels. At baseline magnesium levels were low probably due to the use of
diuretic medication in the study group. These levels improved well into the
normal range in the treated group and again showed no change in the control group.
In addition to magnesium, serum calcium levels were also
low. These levels increased to normal without
supplementation of additional calcium in the magnesium treated group and did
not change in the control group.
The explanation for this is that when magnesium is
deficient, this alters the hormone balance that directs how calcium is used in
the body. In a low magnesium state, not only is calcium absorption impaired,
but calcium tends to deposit harmfully. This includes calcium depositing in the
joints, blood vessels, and the brain. Raising magnesium into a healthy normal
range, especially within the cell, restores a better hormone balance. This fosters dissolving calcium where it is
not desired and bringing it back into the blood and other tissues where it is beneficial,
such as into the bone matrix.
Thus giving magnesium in a form absorbed and delivered to
cells also assists with ideal calcium metabolism. This supports clearing
calcium from joints and blood vessels and other soft tissues. In particular,
this can promote liberating and clearing calcium from the pineal gland. This
important gland monitors cycles of light and darkness and sets both daily and
seasonal rhythms. It releases melatonin to promote restful sleep and some
believe it to be an important organ of our awareness. Keeping the brain and in particular
the pineal as free of calcium is possible supports our highest level of
cognition and function.
Restoring magnesium in the cells can increase energy, improve
clarity of thinking and memory, and facilitate restful sleep. It can strengthen
our bones, build our exercise capacity, and improve our mood. Often this factor
alone can provide a higher quality of life.