Magnesium’s Secret Affect on Calcium, Potassium, & Vitamin D
By Kerri Knox, R.N.
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In addition to Magnesium’s direct health benefits in the human body, magnesium plays a big role in the absorption of other nutrients. With Kerri’s vast knowledge and experience in nutrition, we thought she’d be the perfect person to tell you all about it.
Magnesium’s Secret Affect on Calcium, Potassium, & Vit D
Magnesium deficiency is one of the most overlooked health problems in the western world today. Lack of magnesium mimics a host of health problems such as fibromyalgia, back pain, tendonitis, osteoporosis and an array of other so-called ‘incurable’ health problems.
One of the little known reasons that magnesium deficiency causes such a variety of health issues is that this ‘Master Nutrient’ is utilized as an enzyme by a multitude of nutrients in a variety of cellular processes.2
Magnesium is such an important nutrient that taking it by itself, in many cases, actually raises blood levels of calcium, potassium and vitamin D.1
How Does Magnesium Help Calcium to Work?
Unlike drugs, nutrients require a complex array of substances in order to work properly; one of the best examples of this phenomenon is calcium. Women in western countries have some of the highest rates of osteoporosis despite having the highest calcium intakes in the world; while their Peruvian and Japanese sisters, who get far less calcium but plenty of magnesium, have extremely low rates of osteoporosis.
While it’s fairly well known that magnesium is required for calcium to be absorbed in the intestinal tract, it’s less well known that magnesium helps calcium dissolve into solution in the bloodstream.
Natural calcium is an insoluble mineral that, when crushed, will sink to the bottom of a glass of water. It will also stay in the same crystalline form in the bloodstream without sufficient magnesium.
However, adding magnesium will keep the calcium in solution, which explains many studies showing that higher magnesium intakes are an important measure in preventing not only osteoporosis, but also kidney stones and heart disease as well.5
Magnesium’s Relationship to Potassium
While magnesium is vital for the utilization of calcium, it also plays unique roles in the uptake of potassium and the transformation of vitamin D.
In the case of potassium, there are several studies showing that magnesium alone can improve low potassium levels.3
This is particularly dramatic in certain extremely ill hospitalized patients who continually have low potassium levels despite large amounts of intravenous potassium. Many hospitals have created protocols that require simply giving a dose or two of magnesium in order to solve this potentially life-threatening electrolyte imbalance.
Magnesium’s Relationship to Vitamin D
Vitamin D, too, requires magnesium for several reasons. First, it’s needed in order to convert vitamin D into its active form in the bloodstream. You can be taking enough vitamin D, but if you are magnesium deficient you may not be able to increase your blood levels.4
An even more urgent reason to get sufficient magnesium with vitamin D, however, is that it ‘uses up’ magnesium, which can actually create overt deficiency symptoms quite rapidly. In fact, the majority of ‘side effects’ that people experience when taking vitamin D, are actually magnesium deficiency symptoms that can be completely resolved with the addition of magnesium.
Magnesium: The Master Nutrient
With the multitude of actions it exerts on so many diverse physiologic systems in the body and the increasing amount of scientists, doctors and everyday people who are taking notice of the ever increasing body of research, magnesium is slowly but surely earning its rightful place in medicine as the body’s Master Nutrient.
Why Jigsaw Magnesium w/SRT?
- Recommended by Dr. Russell Blaylock, MD in his newsletter, the Blaylock Wellness Report.
- Proprietary Sustained Release Technology (w/SRT) allows you to easily take a therapeutic dose of magnesium.
Jigsaw Magnesium w/SRT is an easy and effective way to get the magnesium your body needs!