DID YOU KNOW?
Few people realize just how important the mineral magnesium is to their overall
health and well-being. Did you know that magnesium influences many bodily
processes, including digestion, energy production, muscle function, bone
formation, creation of new cells, activation of B vitamins and relaxation of
muscles, as well as assisting in the functions of the heart, kidneys, adrenals,
brain and nervous system? The fact is that lack of sufficient available
magnesium in the body can interfere with any or all of these processes. The
National Institutes of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements, reports that there
is an increased interest in the role of magnesium in preventing and managing
disorders such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
A healthy magnesium level
Diets of the industrialized world, with their processed foods and use of refined
sugar and flour, are commonly quite low in magnesium. The result? A significant
percentage of the population have below healthy magnesium levels, including many
who already use magnesium. Why? First, the amount of magnesium required by the
body is greater than people think. Second, most magnesium capsules and tablets
are not completely absorbed by the body.
Symptoms of magnesium depletion
Millions suffer daily from symptoms that can result from a lack of magnesium.
Because magnesium is required for hundreds of enzymatic reactions (enzymes are
protein molecules that stimulate every chemical reaction in the body),
deficiency can cause a wide variety of symptoms, such as
PMS and hormonal imbalances
Inability to sleep
Muscle tension, spasms & cramps
Abnormal heart rhythms
What depletes magnesium?
Magnesium deficiency can be caused by a number of things, including-but not
limited to-lack of adequate dietary magnesium, emotional stress, some drugs
(diuretics, antibiotics, birth control pills, insulin, cortisone), heavy
exercise, diabetes, gastrointestinal disorders and excessive calcium in the
Your overall health
This data is vital for everyone to know as it affects your overall health. It
may also bring new hope to those who feel hopeless about improving their health.
Using this information has changed the lives of many and may change your own as
The conditions and symptoms listed above are correctable.
Let's look at some of the impacts low levels of magnesium can have on the body.
Calcium & magnesium
Calcium and magnesium are two different sides of a coin. Calcium excites nerves
while magnesium calms them down. Calcium makes muscles contract. Magnesium is
necessary for muscles to relax. Calcium is needed for blood clotting but
magnesium keeps the blood flowing freely.
It is easy to see that it is vital to keep these minerals in balance and that
too little magnesium to balance calcium could be both uncomfortable and
THE ANATOMY OF STRESS
When stress becomes constant in our lives-be it mental, emotional, environmental
or physical-the continual state of hypervigilence of our bodies and cells can be
detrimental to our health. This is especially true when one is low in
magnesium-often the case in today's diet of highly processed foods.
Going through a stressful period without sufficient magnesium can set up a
deficit that, if not corrected, can linger, causing more stress and further
health problems (see symptoms above).
Without sufficient magnesium, the nerve cells cannot give or receive messages
and become excitable and reactive. This causes a person to become stressed,
highly sensitive and nervous. Feelings of nervousness, irritability and being
unable to relax are signs of needing magnesium.
The stress response involves the influx of calcium into cells, resulting in a
drastic change in the cells' internal magnesium-to-calcium ratio.
Normal cells contain 10,000 times more magnesium than calcium ions. If the
amount of cellular magnesium falls, however, calcium ions flow into the cell.
With such an imbalance, calcium puts the cell into a hyperactive state. This can
cause muscle contraction and lead to painful cramping. The muscles need
magnesium in order to relax.
Low magnesium/high calcium levels can cause cells to physically change. High
calcium makes bones stiff and hard, which is good, but in soft tissues it
becomes a problem of calcification. This stiffness in artery and heart cells can
hamper proper function and can be a factor in heart disease.
Excess calcium is a very widespread problem. Excess calcium depletes magnesium
in the body and, as a result, brings about the symptoms of magnesium depletion
mentioned on page one.
Noted author and researcher, Mildred S. Seelig, MD, explains "Calcium is an
important essential nutrient, but it must be guarded and controlled, and
balanced by adequate magnesium if it is not to cause damage to the cells and the
body as a whole."
For these exact reasons excess calcium can become a real problem, while excess
magnesium, on the other hand, is not a concern. Unlike calcium, magnesium does
not build up in the body-excess amounts are simply flushed out.
Consider the following: What country has the highest rate of pasteurized milk
consumption? That's right! America. Now, what country has the highest calcium
supplement consumption? Correct again! America. So, America must have the lowest
occurrence of osteoporosis, calcium loss and bone fragility. Right? Wrong! We
have the highest rate! Why? Excess calcium combined with low magnesium. Taking
more calcium will rarely remedy a calcium deficiency. This is clearly evident
from recent research studies. One study concludes that neither milk nor a
high-calcium diet appears to reduce the rise of osteoporotic hip fractures in
postmenopausal women.1 Another study concluded that findings "do not support the
hypothesis that higher consumption of milk or other food sources of calcium by
adult women protect against hip or forearm fractures."2
It is magnesium that will handle the calcium deficiency as well as the lack of
adequate magnesium, and it will dissolve excess calcium from the body while
helping any needed calcium to assimilate.
Today we have diets dangerously low in magnesium. Factor in the recent addition
of nutritional calcium via supplements and food fortifications that are meant to
stave off osteoporosis, and many of us are getting inadequate magnesium plus too
Magnesium is crucial to increasing bone mass, as it is magnesium that allows
calcium to assimilate. People taking supplemental calcium should accompany their
calcium with the magnesium necessary for absorption.
We recommend Peter Gillham's Natural Calm Plus CalciumTM, which is formulated
with three parts magnesium to two parts calcium-along with other ingredients for
superior calcium absorption. This formulation will prevent a surplus of calcium
and avoid symptoms associated with depleted magnesium levels.
Women taking calcium supplements to ward off osteoporosis, without adequate
magnesium nutrition, can further exacerbate the effects of a magnesium deficit.
(Calcium supplements taken without sufficient magnesium can actually LOWER the
bone mineralization process.)
Magnesium is as important as calcium in the prevention of osteoporosis and is
vital to increasing bone mass.
Muscle spasms, cramps, jerks, tics and hiccups can all be caused by a lack of
magnesium. Take sufficient water-soluble magnesium and they will disappear.
Magnesium and calcium work together to control muscle action; an imbalance of
either will cause tension and cramps. Magnesium relaxes the muscles. With
insufficient magnesium the muscles stay tense, causing cramping. This can happen
when you have too much calcium and too little magnesium. The same thing happens
in the heart, which is a muscle. The heart goes into a spasm and can't relax, so
it "freezes" and can't function normally. Taking magnesium will instantly allow
the heart to relax and continue beating normally.
The heart connection
According to Dr. Seelig, "Most modern heart disease is caused by magnesium
deficiency. A vast and convincing body of research, largely ignored, has
convinced us and many of our colleagues of this fact. The diet of the industrial
world is short on magnesium, and this is causing an epidemic of heart disease in
the modern world." Dr. Seelig goes on to state, "Studies have linked low
magnesium with many of the major risk factors for heart disease. Other studies
show that the average Western processed-food diet is lower in magnesium than is
commonly acknowledged. While several essential nutrients are imperative for
heart and blood vessel health, the vast research on low magnesium and its impact
on heart health has gone unheeded, so much so that much of the heart disease
seen today is a direct result of low magnesium consumption."
The most important risk factor for impending heart disease is a low
magnesium-to-calcium ratio in the cells. All the usual factors such as high
cholesterol, active type 2 diabetes and hypertension can be the result of a low
Fatigue and energy
Magnesium plays a key role in the energy process within each individual cell and
in our overall energy levels. When insufficient magnesium is available, energy
production is in-hibited, and the eventual outcome is fatigue and weakness.
Magnesium is vital for the maintenance of adequate energy levels.
Magnesium is also essential for regulating potassium levels and for the
functioning of the adrenal glands; both are important for maintaining high
energy. A magnesium drink will often help in restoring higher energy levels.
Many studies have shown that magnesium supplementation enhances the performance
and endurance of long-distance runners, cross-country skiers, cyclists and
Studies show that oral magnesium has had a very positive effect on maintaining
healthy blood pressure levels. Magnesium makes blood vessels relax and
dilate-necessary for normal blood pressure.
Magnesium deficiency is common among women with PMS.3 PMS is greatly exaggerated
and worsened by a lack of magnesium. Instant relief can be obtained by drinking
Insulin is the hormone that helps with the regulation of glucose (sugar)
metabolism. Magnesium has been found to improve insulin's response to dietary
sugar and to improve the action of insulin in regulating blood sugar levels.
According to the American Diabetes Association, projections of a continued rapid
growth in the incidence of type 2 diabetes requires a cost-effective approach
that can be widely employed to prevent or delay this major disorder. Published
in the journal Diabetes Care, two recent studies suggest that an increased
intake of magnesium could have a role in reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes.
The solution is to take magnesium in a form that can be completely dissolved in
water. In this state it will absorb fast into the body, producing almost instant
relief. Natural CalmTM was developed especially for superior absorption. It
handles excess calcium in the body and gradually reduces accumulated calcium,
giving a new lease on life. Natural Calm is a water-soluble magnesium powder
that provides the most absorbable, effective, fast-acting magnesium available
The proprietary process that enables this to occur was discovered twenty-five
years ago by nutritional researcher Peter Gillham and, according to users, has
been producing "miracles" ever since. This is the reason why Natural Calm is the
best-selling powdered or liquid magnesium. (Ref: SPINS data 2006)
According to Carolyn Dean, MD, author and certified clinical nutritionist, "The
powdered form [of magnesium] is the best because you start absorbing it straight
away, even in the mouth. So, powdered first, and then capsules, and then
tablets. The tablets usually have a lot of binders and fillers and are harder to
dissolve than capsules."
Natural Calm can be taken safely on its own without side effects.
Natural Calm by itself-without any calcium-will help you feel more energetic,
younger and stronger and give you a multitude of other benefits, all as a result
of the magnesium being available to do its vital job.
During a high-stress time, Natural Calm can provide the amount of extra
magnesium necessary to forestall magnesium depletion and damage from stress.
Millions have experienced the stress relief and health benefits Natural Calm
provides. Drink stress away naturally with The Anti-Stress Drink.
1. Channing Laboratory, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital and
Harvard Medical School, Boston (DF, WCW, and GAC), and the Departments of
Nutrition (WCW) and Epidemiology (WCW and GAC), Harvard School of Public Health,
2. Diane Feskanich, Walter C. Willett, and Graham A. Colditz, "Calcium, vitamin
D, milk consumption, and hip fractures: a prospective study among postmenopausal
women, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 77, no. 2 (February 2003): 504-11.
3. Am J Clin Nutr 34 (1981): 2364-66; Ann Clin Biochem 23 (1986): 667-70.