SMOKINCHOICES (and other musings)

November 1, 2013

Mineral Q’s – brain – bones

Quandries  all  face to prevent ills with Bones and Brains

There isn’t even one of us who hasn’t worried about what to do and how to avert the worst problems we see about us and read about daily.  The dire predictions regarding Alzheimers and how more and more of us are being afflicted.   The same with our bones.  We feel helpless because the “experts” don’t agree and for sure, our doctors don’t know nor will they discuss it since all they know to do is write a prescription.  

I’d like to remind you that both my parents were in wheelchairs from crippling arthritis  and so much more,  and both died with  mind destroying Alzheimer’s disease. They both took tons of pharmaceuticals which I am quite positive,  did no good for either of them and may have hastened their deterioration.   Dad was 91 and Mother was 85.   Both ended in ‘homes’ away from family.  We can all agree — that’s no way to exist. So am I some kind of anomaly or freak of nature?   I don’t think so.  I’m an independent thinker, kinda rebellious and don’t revere the medical profession.    My parents, like most of their generation, did trust completely, their doctors.   

I do believe in asking questions, lots of them.  Don’t use prescription meds because I don’t accept  this way to correct body problems, by ingesting toxic chemicals into a system which is having any weakness or breakdown showing.  Instead, have managed to find solutions  provided by nature in the plant kingdom.  It’s a process and it hasn’t come quickly or easily.  Trial and error and using my body for the laboratory.  If it works — go with it, if not, onward.  My parents would never have done what I’m doing, but everything has changed.    People must learn that only themselves ultimately have responsibility for their own health and quality thereof.  We are living in a wonderful time in many ways, because almost anything you want to know is out there if one will just ask and search — go after what they want.   

I am restating these few reminders of where I am coming from, because  I understand that most are not rebels like me, or have a nature somewhat like a pit-bull.  To be sure, we are all different and that’s a good thing.   

Much is working against us, in that we are bombarded 24-7 with messages from BIG PhRMA about all the routine pains we are dealing with and which med we should be taking to become free of it (while also detailing a long list of potential side effects of said medicine from  somewhat distressing all the way to death) — — you gotta agree they have a lot more pit in their bull than I do, they are bigger, richer and have a world-wide stage at their disposal.   There is no contest.  The only way to overcome this is for people to start to think for themselves and ask questions on every level from everyone.  And to learn and be willing to go through the process, because we have everything to gain.    If one can afford to eat all organic, perhaps indulge some juicing into their lives and are feeling energetic and motivated, chances are one wouldn’t need to supplement at all.  That would be optimal and normal.  But life isn’t like that for most of us.  As the decades pile up, body function often diminishes and supplementation is then essential.   But even our supplementation is not static.,  everything changes, doesn’t it?   

I have recounted my story on the  need for Magnesium and the books I’ve spoken of  which have helped me understand it better.  Well,  now I’ve learned about Magnesium  that is new to me and apparently, is easier and more potent for the body as it passes the blood-brain barrier.  It’s called Magnesium L-Threonate.  This is newer and superior ability to penetrate the mitochondrial membrane  (heart – which is why I take it)  and may be the best on the market.  This of course is extremely popular with the body-building crowd   and many cardiologists like Dr Steven Sinatra who uses this with his cardio patients. 

I believe that absolutely no-one in America, bar none, is getting enough magnesium  for proper body function.

But this product has another thing going for it which would prompt me to take it alone — it doesn’t cause the diarrhea so common with higher doses of magnesium (which heart patients must take).   Also, recent tests have demonstrated that this ability to cross the blood-brain barrier is having amazing and profound ability to offset the very disturbances which Alzheimer’s causes.  They have concluded several rat studies and are now working with humans and I hear, having some reason to get excited.  That’s good enough for me.  I went online and bought my first supply;  found stuff to share with you.   Below, I have excerpted some info from  Dr Mercola and also given a location for Life Extension magazine’s fine description on the subject. 

 The site of Life Extension Magazine on the remarkable benefits of Magnesium L-Threonate:

http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2012/feb2012_Novel-Magnesium-Compound-Reverses-Neurodegeneration_01.htmhttp:

Now the excerpts from Dr. Mercola:

The Health Benefits of Magnesium have Been Vastly Underestimated

Creation of ATP (adenosine triphospate), the energy molecules of your body Proper formation of bones and teeth Relaxation of blood vessels
Action of your heart muscle Promotion of proper bowel function Regulation of blood sugar levels

A number of studies have previously shown magnesium can benefit your blood pressure and help prevent sudden cardiac arrest, heart attack, and stroke. For example, one meta-analysis published earlier this year in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition2 looked at a total of seven studies collectively covering more than 240,000 participants. The results showed that dietary magnesium intake is inversely associated with risk of ischemic stroke.

But its role in human health appears to be far more complex than previously thought, and—like vitamin D—its benefits may be more far-reaching than we’ve imagined. GreenMedInfo.com’s database project has indexed over 100 health benefits of magnesium so far, including therapeutic benefits for:

Fibromyalgia Atrial fibrillation Type 2 diabetes Premenstrual syndrome
Cardiovascular disease Migraine Aging Mortality

According to the featured report3:

“The proteome, or entire set of proteins expressed by the human genome, contains well over 100,000 distinct protein structures, despite the fact that there are believed to be only 20,300 protein-coding genes in the human genome. The discovery of the “magneseome,” as its being called, adds additional complexity to the picture, indicating that the presence or absence of adequate levels of this basic mineral may epigenetically alter the expression and behavior of the proteins in our body, thereby altering the course of both health and disease.”

Magnesium also plays a role in your body’s detoxification processes and therefore is important for helping to prevent damage from environmental chemicals, heavy metals and other toxins. Even glutathione, your body’s most powerful antioxidant that has even been called “the master antioxidant,” requires magnesium for its synthesis.

Signs of Magnesium Deficiency

There’s no lab test that will give you a truly accurate reading of the magnesium status in your tissues. Only one percent of magnesium in your body is distributed in your blood, making a simple sample of magnesium from a blood test highly inaccurate. Other tests that your doctor can use to evaluate your magnesium status include a 24-hour urine test, or a sublingual epithelial test. Still, these can only give you an estimation of your levels, and doctors typically need to evaluate them in conjunction with the symptoms you exhibit.

An ongoing magnesium deficiency can lead to more serious symptoms, including:

Numbness and tingling Muscle contractions and cramps Seizures
Personality changes Abnormal heart rhythms Coronary spasms

Balance Your Magnesium with Calcium, Vitamin K2 and D

One of the major benefits of getting your nutrients from a varied whole food diet is that you’re far less likely to end up with too much of one nutrient at the expense of others. Foods in general contain all the cofactors and needed co-nutrients in the proper amounts for optimal health, which takes out the guess work. When you’re using supplements, you need to become a bit more savvy about how nutrients influence and synergistically affect each other.

For example, it’s important to maintain the proper balance between magnesium, calcium, vitamin K2, and vitamin D. Lack of balance between these nutrients is why calcium supplements have become associated with increased risk of heart attacks and stroke, and why some people experience vitamin D toxicity.

Part of the explanation for these adverse side effects is that vitamin K2 keeps calcium in its appropriate place. If you’re K2 deficient, added calcium can cause more problems than it solves, by accumulating in the wrong places. Similarly, if you opt for oral vitamin D, you need to also consume it in your food or take supplemental vitamin K2. Taking mega doses of vitamin D supplements without sufficient amounts of K2 can lead to vitamin D toxicity symptoms, which includes inappropriate calcification.

While the ideal or optimal ratios between vitamin D and vitamin K2 have yet to be elucidated, Dr. Kate Rheaume-Bleue (whom I’ve interviewed on this topic) suggests that for every 1,000 IU’s of vitamin D you take, you may benefit from about 100 micrograms of K2, and perhaps as much as 150-200 micrograms (mcg). The latest vitamin D dosing recommendations, which call for about 8,000 IU’s of vitamin D3 per day if you’re an adult, means you’d need in the neighborhood of 800 to 1,000 micrograms (0.8 to 1 milligram/mg) of vitamin K2.

Now, getting back to magnesium…

Magnesium may actually be more important than calcium if you are going to consider supplementing. However, maintaining an appropriate calcium-to-magnesium ratio is important regardless. Research on the paleolithic or caveman diet has shown that the ratio of calcium to magnesium in the diet that our bodies evolved to eat is 1-to-16. Americans in general tend to have a higher calcium-to-magnesium ratio in their diet, averaging about 3.5-to-1.

Magnesium will also help keep calcium in your cells so they can do their  job better. In many ways it serves as nutritional version of the highly effective class of drugs called calcium channel blockers, used in the treatment of high blood pressure, angina, and abnormal heart rhythms. Magnesium and vitamin K2 also complement each other, as magnesium helps lower blood pressure, which is an important component of heart disease.

So, all in all, anytime you’re taking any of the following: magnesium, calcium, vitamin D3 or vitamin K2, you need to take all the others into consideration as well, since these all work synergistically with each other.

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