Magnesium is an essential macro mineral, like calcium, and
quickly leaves the body. Decreased levels of magnesium have been
shown to be related to high blood pressure, kidney stones, heart
disease (especially heart attacks due to coronary artery spasm),
fatigue and PMS syndrome.
Potassium is an essential mineral, absorbed quickly in the
small intestine and functions with magnesium and calcium in the
regulation of neuromuscular activity. It is essential for normal
growth, to stimulate nerve impulses for muscle contraction and preserve
proper alkalinity of the body fluid and regulates the water balance and
acid-base balances in the blood and tissues.
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have found that the ingredients in Active 8 are
essential for converting blood sugar into energy. The lack of
these ingredients in modern processed foods suggests that the body does
not have all the agents required to metabolize these sugars. In
and Healing , Dr. Julian Whitaker refers to recent tests in
which the ingredients used in Active 8 increase energy levels by 50%
and speeded up the burning of fat.
Lawrence Resnick, endocrinologist and
cardiologist at Cornell University Medical Center in New York has
discovered that every individual with high blood pressure has lower
than normal levels of magnesium inside their cells. The
intracellular magnesium, called free magnesium, differs from magnesium
in the blood steam, which is known as circulating magnesium.
Furthermore, this low level of magnesium inside the cells occurs not
only in hypertensives, but in people who are obese and in
diabetics. Resnik’s discovery may help explain why these three
conditions are so often found in the same individual.
Haas, M.D. author of Staying Healthy with
Nutrition, states supplementing magnesium has been shown to be very
helpful in alleviating many symptoms related to the menstrual
period. Menstrual cramps, irritability, fatigue, depression and
water retention have been lessened with magnesium, usually given along
with calcium and often with vitamin B-6.
Dr. Haas has also stressed the
importance of potassium. Potassium is a very significant body
mineral, important to both cellular and electrical functions. It
is one of the main blood minerals. Potassium is very important in
the cellular biochemical reactions and energy metabolism; it
participates in the synthesis of protein and amino acids in the
cell. Potassium also functions in carbohydrate metabolism; it is
active in glycogen and glucose metabolism, converting glucose to
glycogen that can be stored in the liver for future energy.
Potassium is important for normal growth and for building muscle.
Dr. R.D. Abbott (and others) - Magnesium shown to lower heart disease risk.
- Based on a 30
year study of over 7000 men, researchers from the University of
Virginia School of Medicine concluded that "...the intake of dietary
magnesium is associated with a reduced risk of coronary heart
disease.*" Their findings were reported in the American Journal of
Cardiology. Men with lower intake of magnesium had a 50-100%
greater likelihood of developing coronary heart disease than those with
the highest intake.
*Abbott, RD, et.al. American Journal of
Cardiology, Sep 2003; 92 (6):665-9.