In 1993, Dr. Jean Durlach, a preeminent magnesium expert in France, summed up the existing research on magnesium and aging. I marvel at his words every time I read them. What follows is just one of his seven points, excerpted from my Magnesium Miracle book.
“Magnesium deficiency symptoms in the elderly include central nervous system symptoms that seem largely “neurotic”: anxiety, excessive emotionality, fatigue, headaches, insomnia, light-headedness, dizziness, nervous fits, sensation of a lump in the throat, and impaired breathing.
Peripheral nervous system signs are common: pins and needles of the extremities, cramps, muscle pains.
Functional disorders include chest pain, shortness of breath, chest pressure, palpitations, extra systoles (occasional heart thumps from an isolated extra beat), abnormal heart rhythm, and Raynaud’s syndrome.
Autonomic nervous system disturbances involve both the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, causing hypotension on rising quickly or borderline hypertension. In elderly patients, excessive emotionality, tremor, weakness, sleep disorders, amnesia, and cognitive disturbances are particularly important aspects of magnesium deficiency.”
Just think how all these so-called aging symptoms are treated with truckloads of prescription medications! However, it’s even more disturbing when you realize how medicine perceives aging. I’m saying you can successfully eliminate these signs of aging with magnesium at the same time that a new study finds that “Cognitive Decline in Women Starts Midlife.” As reported on Medscape, allopathetic researchers have decided that “For women, mental sharpness, particularly processing speed, begins to decline as early as age 50.”
They absolve doctors of all responsibility for helping a person improve their cognition by saying “Don’t be surprised when your 50-year-old female patients come in saying that they’re forgetting where they left their keys. This is cognitive aging, and it’s very common, very usual, and it’s just like aging of other organ systems.” How many times have you heard your doctor toss off your symptoms with the refrain “You’re not getting any younger you know!”
NOTE: Just as you should not believe that your brain and cognition are on a death spiral after age 50, neither are any of your other organs!!
In my Magnesium Miracle book I report on a 2004 study that elevated magnesium to the position of memory enhancer. “Particular brain receptors important for learning and memory depend on magnesium for their regulation. The researchers describe magnesium as an absolutely necessary component of the cerebrospinal fluid in order to keep these learning and memory receptors active.”
“Magnesium is instrumental in opening brain receptors to important information while at the same time allowing them to ignore background noise. Researchers were quite struck by their findings and concluded, ‘As predicted by our theory, increasing the concentration of magnesium and reducing the background level of noise led to the largest increases of plasticity ever reported in scientific literature.’ Even more exciting, a 2011 study on fear conditioning found that magnesium reduces the physical reaction to fear.”
One major mechanism by which magnesium deficiency causes symptoms of aging is through calcification. I quote French magnesium researcher Dr. Pierre Delbet. Delbet, who practiced in the early 1900s, was convinced that the aging body’s tissues have three times more calcium than magnesium. He knew that calcium precipitates out into tissues that are deficient in magnesium. He observed the toxicity of excess calcium in the testicles, brain, and other tissues and concluded almost a century ago that magnesium deficiency plays a role in senility.
I quote Dr. Guy Abraham, who said “…that in order to protect the fluid inside the cell from becoming saturated with calcium, there is a magnesium-dependent mechanism that shunts calcium in and out of the mitochondria. But if calcium goes in and doesn’t come out, because there isn’t enough magnesium to maintain that shunt, mitochondrial calcification occurs and eventually results in cell death. This research makes me wonder if calcium excess and magnesium deficiency could be the underlying reason for the recent upsurge in mitochondrial dysfunction.
Tonight on my internet-based radio show we will talk about “Youthing” Simple, Effective Strategies for Staying Young in addition to a wide range of health topics and safe solutions. You will love hearing the beneficial interactions with our callers and hosts alike including the body/mind connection, identifying the ‘conflict’ in the ‘conflict basis’ of disease and much more!!