1. Building Better Bones

    Building Better Bones

    Bones are, quite literally, the support system of our bodies. So it is of vital importance to protect and strengthen them. Weak bones may seem like an inevitable part of ageing, but we are never too young or old to take care of our bones and boost its longevity. We all want healthier and stronger bones – is calcium really the secret?

    It is common belief that calcium is hugely important for bone health, but this mineral is not the end-all, be-all bone loss cure. As it turns out, magnesium deficiency, rather than calcium deficiency, is often the true culprit in age-related bone loss.

    This should not come as a surprise though, since magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body. Approximately half of the body’s reserves of magnesium reside in our bones and yet magnesium’s benefits often are underestimated and poorly understood. Dr. Carolyn Dean, a leading expert in magnesium, debunks this misconception.

    "Calcium cannot build bones or prevent osteoporosis without adequate levels of magnesium. If our bones are made entirely from calcium, they become brittle and can shatter, just like a stick of calcium carbonate chalk falling on the sidewalk. However, with the right percentage of magnesium, bone has the proper density and matrix that actually makes it flexible and more resistant to shattering."

    This means that adequate magnesium intake is essential for absorption and metabolism of calcium. Magnesium and vitamin D keeps calcium dissolved in the blood and assimilates it to the human bone structure. If either one of these calcium co-factors is lacking or altogether missing, calcium alone can actually lead to long-term health problems, including the eventual calcification of the kidneys, artery walls and various soft tissues throughout the body.

    Dr. Mark Sircus, Oriental Medicine doctor and a prolific writer in medicine, advocates calcium, vitamin D and magnesium as the primary ingredients for bone health. Sircus reckons that, "it is magnesium that actually controls bone density, not calcium. Magnesium drives the calcium into the bones whereas low levels of magnesium encourage the loss of calcium."

    "For too many years, we've just been throwing calcium at people. Now, we're on top of the vitamin D piece, but I think magnesium is still that one missing piece," Liz Weinandy, MPH and dietician shares. "I think even getting the recommended daily amount, for most people, would be a fabulous start because hardly anybody is getting that amount." Like Weinandy, we are concerned that large swaths of the population were not getting enough magnesium.

    Midas Magnesium offers an effective way of supplementing magnesium deficiency in our bones through transdermal magnesium therapy. Whether you spray or roll it on, magnesium chloride is a true cellular tonic especially since human bones are dynamic living tissues.

    Ultimately, the bigger picture of bone health and general well-being includes magnesium as the mineral that cements together a whole range of nutrients to create strong bones that will last a lifetime. The balance between building and losing bone can be maintained by pairing magnesium with calcium. Boosting magnesium with Midas Magnesium oil is a good bet to improve bone health.

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  2. Magnesium and PMS

    Magnesium and PMS

    Are you overwhelmed by erratic and terrible moods? Suffering from mind-numbing cramps? How about feeling like a ballooned whale with a mammoth appetite? If you are like most women on earth, you will give one explanation to this monthly rollercoaster: Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS).

    During that small but disruptive window, women all around console each other, comforted by this uncontrollable phenomenon. Blame PMS if it will make you feel better, but chances are there are a few more factors at play.

    The truth is, PMS can be attributed to insufficient magnesium intake. Joel T. Hargrove, M.D. and Dr Guy E. Abraham investigated magnesium’s role in PMS. They then revealed that, "PMS patients had low levels of magnesium in their red blood cells" in their published findings on The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Dr Hargrove and Dr Abraham successfully noted that "the stress of PMS rapidly depletes body stores of magnesium, aggravating the condition". There is a strong correlation between declining PMS symptoms and magnesium supplementation.

    Dr Kelly Brogan, a holistic women's health psychiatrist, also supports that claim. "Magnesium is also critical for those struggling with PMS, including premenstrual migraines, irritability, low mood, and cramps," she advised. She also reviewed that she would "never diminish the evidence-based power of B vitamins, fatty acids, and fat soluble-vitamins D, and K" and believes that, "if I want one mineral that does it all, magnesium is it."

    Even though certain over-the-counter drugs may bring immediate relief, its side effects overcome any temporary benefits. So don't go with the flow - this hate-hate relationship with PMS can be fixed with daily use of Midas Magnesium oil. Spray or roll-on Midas Magnesium oil and massage it into your lower abdomen and affected areas to treat and reduce the lingering effects of PMS. We recommend bulking up your PMS-week with magnesium-rich foods as well!

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