I have always had a strong interest in nutrition but, like most people, have often been bewildered by the overwhelming amount of information and general lack of focus of what there is to be learned.
I take the GNC supplements for men over 50. It certainly has a lot of stuff in it, but in regard to two key minerals, even the GNC formula is deficient. These minerals are iodine and magnesium.
The American diet is seriously deficient in both these essential minerals. I plan to write about iodine later. For now, I want to focus on magnesium.
The array of bodily functions that can work normally only with sufficient magnesium is staggering. Every system of the body is affected, but most particularly the circulatory system. This is critical because every cell of the body depends on an adequate flow of blood.
Magnesium deficiency is implicated in cancer, heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, mental illness, kidney malfunction, fatigue, migraine, elevated cholesterol, liver ailments, and many other illnesses and conditions. Magnesium is routinely used by doctors in hospitals to treat heart attacks and illnesses associated with pregnancy. There it is administered intravenously in large doses. I have a friend who is a doctor who is researching the possibility of treating numerous chronic illnesses, cancer included, with large doses of magnesium sulphate. His idea is that the cause of many illnesses is hyperactivity of the body’s stress reaction and that magnesium can slow this reaction when it has gotten out of control.