Magnesium: The Must-Have Mineral


Magnesium, the relaxer mineral, is one of the most important minerals. Magnesium is important for all muscles, heart function, and the digestive system. Magnesium deficiency is associated with a chronic stress state and decreased adrenaline function. More than 80 percent of the population is deficient in magnesium. Magnesium is very important in
the treatment of all people with chronic exhaustion, adrenal exhaustion, and depression. It is very important for the optimization of neurotransmitter function.

Almost all the clients seen at the Tree of Life are deficient in magnesium. This is particularly true with people who are experiencing tension, anxiety, adrenal exhaustion, chronic fatigue, constipation, and muscle spasm. Magnesium is very good for muscle cramps and spasm, particularly when people are fasting. Magnesium activates many enzyme systems and is involved in neurotransmitter production. It helps regulate temperature control in the body. It is needed for synthesis in protein. Magnesium is used by the pituitary gland as part of its regulation of parathyroid, adrenal, and thyroid function. It is a key enzymatic mineral used in almost 100 different enzyme systems in the Krebs cycle of
making energy in the mitochondria of our cells. Many people who are depressed have a magnesium deficiency; therefore, it is used quite often in the treatment of depression. We don’t need a lot of magnesium to get proper functioning; we have about 2 ounces of organic magnesium in our bodies.

Magnesium is very alkalizing to the body, and works as a natural laxative. At the Tree of Life we use it regularly for these two purposes with clients. It also helps calm nerves and improves flexibility, particularly in the muscles, nerves, ligaments, and joints. It has a positive effect on the mucous membranes, nerves in general, and excretory and secretory nerves. It is good for insomnia, as well as to cool the body. Magnesium neutralizes acids in the system. It helps to alkalize the body (or raise the pH level), and soothes and cools the brain and nervous system in general. An excess of magnesium often shows up as diarrhea. Magnesium excess is like amplifying the common sedative qualities of magnesium, so we start to see symptoms of poor memory, central nervous system apathy, slow reasoning power, and a dull brain function. With a magnesium deficiency we see a hyperactive nervous system, cramps, muscle spasms, anxiety, apprehension, excessive concern about work, tremors in the head, quivering in the voice, and a sense of doom psychologically, as well as depression. We also see shoulder and neck muscle stiffness in the evening. In time, a chronic magnesium deficiency creates an overactive inflammation of the nerves, disrupts mental functioning, undermines ambition, and causes the personality to become scattered and erratic. Women who are magnesium deficient may have difficulty with their menses. One of the main treatments for menstrual difficulties is magnesium and vitamin B6. One interesting symptom is that tobacco smoke is extremely irritating and debilitating to a magnesium-deficient person. Hatred, jealousy, resentment, bitterness, hostility, and greed tend to create a magnesium deficiency. These qualities are often ameliorated by giving magnesium to the person. Magnesium is synergistic with calcium. It is the combination of calcium and magnesium that helps maintain healthy bones, teeth, and tissues. It activates cell growth, improves tissue elasticity, and relaxes the nervous system. The magnesium helps us feel younger, lose weight, and is associated with an increase in libido. Magnesium in combination with calcium is anti-aging and even helps protect the skin.

Magnesium is highest in nuts, whole grains, unpolished rice, and wheat germ. Generally high-magnesium foods include apples, apricots, avocados, beet tops, berries, black walnuts, Brazil nuts, cabbage, coconuts, comfrey leaves, figs, dulse, endive, greens, spinach, rye, walnuts, watercress, and yellow corn.