Magnesium is responsible for converting light energy from the sun into biochemical energy for life process on earth (center of the chlorophyll molecule). It is a direct cofactor in over 300 enzymatic reactions involving DNA and RNA synthesis, protein synthesis, glucose uptake and metabolism and has a major role in releasing energy from ATP in the body.
It is implicated in hormone synthesis, nerve cell function, digestion and muscle contraction/relaxation, responses of heart and blood vessels and our emotional state. But, only about half of the population gets enough magnesium from the foods they eat. RDAs run from 300-420 mg/day with older folks needing more and for those of us who are under stress.
Magnesium deficiency can induce anxiety and can also cause depression according to Carolyn Dean, MD, ND, Nutritional Magnesium Assn. medical advisory board. “A deficiency of magnesium magnifies anxiety, depression and stress. Serotonin, the feel-good brain chemical that is boosted artificially by some medications, depends on magnesium for its production and function. If the deficit is not corrected anxiety, depression and further health problems can linger.”
Under stress your body pumps magnesium out of the cells and into the blood making normal lab test show you have enough when in fact, you have body-wide depletion. A Magnesium RBC (red blood cell) test can give you better results. If you continue to be stressed out the stress hormones begin to mobilize magnesium from vital tissues such as the heart putting the body in jeopardy. It is a cofactor for potassium and calcium channels so they should be taken in combination to keep a proper balance of these minerals.
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You may not know if you are deficient in magnesium or potassium, but if so, it will have a substantial effect on your health. Magnesium is a co-factor in more than 300 enzyme systems that regulate biochemical reactions in the body including protein synthesis, muscle and nerve function, blood glucose control and blood pressure regulation and it is essential to heart health. Studies have shown people have less heart attacks and strokes when they have sufficient levels of magnesium. Diets with good magnesium levels are associated with a significantly lower risk of diabetes as low blood magnesium levels may worsen insulin resistance.
Potassium is needed for proper function of cells, tissues and organs. It is also a required electrolyte that conducts electricity and is essential for nerve transmissions. But, potassium must be balanced with other electrolytes including magnesium. It is also crucial to heart health as well as playing a key role in skeletal and smooth muscle contraction which effects not only muscles but digestion as well. Potassium also plays a role in regulating blood pressure in relationship with sodium. Insufficient potassium is associated with poor bone health and muscular weakness including heart failure and cramping.
According to the NHANES Dietary Survey done from 2007-2010, none of the 17000 participants met their average requirement for potassium and it was estimated that 52% of Americans do not get their required magnesium each day.
Foods high in magnesium are beans and nuts, whole grain bread and green leafy vegetables. Foods high in potassium are squash, yogurt, fish, avocados, beans, green leafy veggies. But if you are concerned that although you eat this you may not get enough, run to the health foods store and get a supplement.
My vet clued me into Quercetin years ago as she was taking it for her allergies and suggested I give it to my cat for his season problems. It worked! Quercetin is the backbone structure for flavonoids, “nature’s biologic response modifiers”. It is the most active of the flavonoids and in clinical trials has demonstrated significant anti-inflammatory and antiallergic activity by inhibiting the manufacture and the release of histamine and other allergic/inflammatory mediators.
However, there is a more bioavailable form of this flavonoid: enzymatically modified isoquercitrin (EMIQ). EMIQ greatly increases quercetin levels in the blood compared to the ingestion of quercetin or rutin (another flavonoid). Most clinical studies have used a dosage of 200mg daily of EMIQ which would equal 8000 mg of quercetin. So if you don’t like to take a lot of pills, EMIQ is for you.
EMIQ also is great for belly fat reduction. It promotes enzymes that encourage the breakdown of fat within fat cells. Studies have shown subcutaneous fat and waist circumference to be reduced significantly (20%). Quercetin is better absorbed if you take bromelain with it, but EMIQ doesn’t need any “co-factors”. Neither have shown any side-effects even when large quantities have been consumed for up to two years. EMIQ is recognized as safe (GRAS). Both forms may enhance uptake of certain drugs from the intestines so if you take it you may be able to reduce the dosages. Check with your ND about this.
source: Quercetin by Michael T. Murray, ND, Vitamin Retailer, Nov. 2014
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Deer velvet (humanely harvested fuzz on the antlers) traditionally was used in China over a thousand years ago. Even today, many oriental countries rely on it for its rejuvenation properties, alleviating of menopause symptoms and as an aphrodisiac. In addition users have discovered its good for promoting growth in children, increasing blood in the body, helping cardiovascular disorders, preventing aging and loss of memory, treating menstrual disorders, addressing impotence and infertility and strengthening stamina.
Since 1991 New Zealand scientists have been carrying out a unique investigation into the composition and medical properties of velvet at AgResearch Invermay on the South Island. Their studies verified ancient claims to the efficacy of velvet’s properties. A Russian study revealed that velvet antler has hypotensive, erythopoietic, anti-stress stimulating, anti-inflammatory, gonadotrophic, growth and metabolic effects. Athletes have found velvet antler beneficial for repair of stressed joints and for the added stamina and endurance it seems to provide.
I personally had meniscus damage in my knees from skiing. Not want to face surgery I tried the New Zealand velvet antler (NZVEL) along with a topical cream that contained CMO (Joint Medic). I hate to say the word “cure”, but I no longer have trick knees, no pain and no clicking in my knee. The combination seems to have restored my synovial fluid and somehow reduced the bone on bone trauma whenever I would run or bike. I used to wear a brace to protect the lateral movement on my knee… no more! I can bike without becoming crippled afterwards and hiking and skiing are no problem anymore.
Velvet Antler warrants further investigation if you have a specific condition you think it may help. There is a copy of the book “Velvet Antler, Powerful tonic for joints, infertility, blood pressure, athletic performance and more” available at http://bit.ly/1ncFoid for $1 as a PDF or you can buy the paperback at Amazon http://amzn.to/1oTH0SI. More info on the actual NZVEL product I used is available at http://bit.ly/1kdt55v.
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When we get a cold what is the first thing we grab – some vitamin C? You might have a bottle of ascorbic acid on your shelf thinking that is vitamin C and will help your cold, but you are misled…
Vitamin C is legally defined as ascorbic acid and folic acid as pterolyglutamic acid. As found in foods, vitamin C is more than just one molecule and to function properly in the body it needs more than just ascorbic acid. Tyrosinase is a co-factor that is essential for the production of the oxidative burst in white blood cells that destroys engulfed pathogens. surrounding the core of tyrosinase are the bioflavoinoids and P factors. These support production and maintenance of collagen and elastin and another component, vitamin K and hemoglobin production co-factors (J factors) were also needed to function properly.
When plants product vitamin C complex they enclose the active constituents with a shell of ascorbic acid being a functional component of the vitamin complex. But, ascorbic acid only comprises five to eight percent of the actual vitamin complex. It is actually a marker molecule used to identify vitamin C activity and it’s presence in a food source. By legal definition isolated ascorbic acid is not vitamin C.
Ascorbic acid is the protective shell that also can function as an antioxidant but must be paired with its co-factors and other synergistic components to maximize the utilization in the body. Ascorbic acid is a single, naked molecule synthesized by processing glucose (corn syrup mostly from GMO corn) with sulfuric acid to produce the hexuronic acid form. It is not a natural whole food vitamin. It is a synthetic.
Synthetic vitamins can help initially because our cells can take a naked molecule and draw the necessary co-factors from other areas of the body. But once the co-factors are depleted the synthetic vitamin can no longer work reducing the efficacy of the substance.The return or worsening of the symptom the ascorbic acid was taken for is viewed as a reoccurrence of the original condition whereas it is actually the body’s depletion of the co-factors so the synthetic vitamin can no longer be processed. Because it is now deficient in that vitamin, even more serious conditions can arise. Another reason why synthetic vitamins cannot produce as good results as natural whole food vitamins is that the cells vibrate at a specific frequency and they don’t recognize the frequency of the synthetic vitamin so won’t process them efficiently.
So – next time you get a cold, don’t reach for ascorbic acid. Look for a whole foods vitamin C complex with all the co-factors still in tact.
-excerpted from “Whole Food Vitamins” by Jody Kincaid, DVM, ND, CVA, IVC Journal, Summer 2013
Balanced diets can give us enough magnesium, but as we age we become more susceptible to conditions of the body that create deficiencies and/or are a result of deficiencies.
Magnesium deficiency leads to pathological changes int he immune system that are related to the initiating of an inflammatory response. There is evidence linking low magnesium to aging and age-related diseases due to the lack of sufficient magnesium in Western diets. Diseases of the bowel like Crohn’s and celiac are triggered by low magnesium. Also long-term use of diuretics and other medications can leech magnesium from the body.
The DV for magnesium is 400 mg although specific conditions would warrant increased dosage. Conditions helped by adequate levels of magnesium include, constipation, diabetes, hearing loss, kidney stones, migraines, mitral valve prolapse, osteoporosis, PMS, Hypertension, leg cramps, restless legs, cholesterol levels, and C-reactive protein levels (inflammation). As for supplementation, magnesium citrate seems to have the best absorption, but magnesium oxide is a close second and action gets more of the magnesium into the body per percent absorbed than the citrate. It is also important to note that is is prudent to take calcium with magnesium to facilitate proper utilization. At least 1:1 or 2:1 (mag/cal) ratio.
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In this era of news reporting, sleeping pills have been getting a bad rap lately. We never favored drugs to get sleep but desperate folk need something. Here are our suggestions:
L-Tryptophan which is an amino acid (actually the thing in turkey and warm milk that makes you drowsy) that is safe and effective. Great to use unless you are taking antidepressants (warning).
Melatonin, a hormone naturally produced by the body that normally helps you sleep, but we recommend a hormone test (saliva or blood) that can tell you if you are deficient. We never advise taking any hormones unless you know you need them. The one we use is in a cream. There is an easy saliva hormone test kit at http://www.foreveryoungcooperative.com/testing-kits.html
Magnesium. An Australian study found that a combination of magnesium and zinc was effective especially when used with melatonin.
Gaba (gamma aminobutyric acid) is a relaxant especially for folk with anxiety or panic attacks. This neurotransmitter is made in the brain from the amino acid glutamate with the aid of vitamin B6. Best used in a supplement with 4-amino-3-phenylbutyric acid because its better able to cross the blood-brain barrier. We recommend getting a neurotransmitter test (saliva) to determine if your brain chemicals are out of balance and if that is the reason for your insomnia and anxiety. We have a test kit that can do this that in most cases is covered by insurance. Call Kristine at 617-360-1929 for more info.
Traditionally, drinking a protein shake was assigned to athletes and dieters. Not any more!
People on the “go” want an easy to prepare a meal or snack. Drinking your nutrients without exerting the energy of digestion will reduce overall stress. I frequently tell my clients: if you are stressed don’t eat until you can savor every bite. You can’t assimilate nutrients if you are experiencing a “flight or flight” adrenaline rush. A daily liquid meal does not need much blood to process it. This is less stress on the body.
When picking a protein shake, it should be from a raw source with a high ph, organic and not dairy based. Raw hemp is packed with nutrients and live enzymes that improve digestion and absorption. It has a high quality of branched amino acids. The branched amino acids are leucine, isoleucine and valine. Muscle tissue is high in branched chain amino acids. Strength training and endurance activity uses up greater amounts of branched chain amino acids than regular daily activities. Branched chain amino acid are in animal food including dairy products and hemp.
A lot of people like whey protein! Whey is controversial. It is from milk. Milk protein allergy affects a lot of people I know because I test for food sensitivities. Food sensitivities might be derived from the pasteurization process. Pasteurization denatures fragile milk proteins and renders them allergenic. It also destroys lactase, the enzyme necessary for digesting lactose, the naturally occurring sugar in milk. A simple switch to fresh from the farm raw milk solves both of these problems. Hemp protein has a good quality branched chain amino acid plus the added benefit of essential fatty acids. Both whey and hemp improve the immune system. The disturbing issue with milk is exposure to high levels of radioactivity due to the nuclear power explosions. The world’s supply of milk is affected more than a plant-based food because of the fat stores of a live animal. Check your iodine levels periodically to ensure the safety of your thyroid gland from over-exposure.
More about the components of a good quality shake coming soon on this blog
Our protocol to reduce cholesterol includes taking all of these supplements. We have listed them in order of effectiveness from our observation with people who have taken them. This does not mean you shouldn’t be under a Doctor’s care if you have high cholesterol, but we offer it as a start for further research to find what works for you.
YES EFAs, Sytrinol, Artichoke Herb, Niacin, Lysine, Proline, Curcumin, Holy Basil, Green Tea, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Nattokinase, Garlic extract, NAC, Vitamin B12, CoQ10, CamuCamu, Lecithin, Pancreatin enzymes, Resveratrol, Hawthorne extract, Del Immune V.
Kristine can discuss this with you or you can read more about some of them on our ForeverYoungCooperative website listed in the links. As with any supplement please know that not everything works on everyone and you should talk to a professional before starting any program.
Curcumin is a component of turmeric that possesses antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It is effective as an anti-inflammatory because it regulates nitric oxide in our bodies which can be elevated by levels of radiation or tissue damage. Nitric oxide can run rampant throughout the body and be the catalyst in many inflammatory-induced illnesses. Curcumin is now being used to help Rheumatoid arthritis to reduce the inflammation of joints; Alzheimer’s, where it regulates the amyloid beta plaque before it gets out of control which is considered the hallmark of the disease; Diabetes, where in laboratory tests curcumin has been shown to improve rat’s blood sugar levels; Heart disease, by supporting the good cholesterol (HDL) and has helped lowered the bad cholesterol levels in clinical trials. For information on a curcumin and fermented soy supplement check out the link on the blogroll menu: ForeverYoungCooperative.com.