Learn about Magnesium Health Benefits with Dr Dean - Jigsaw Health Webinar - Part 2 in this video from JigsawHealth.
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Dr. Carolyn Dean: Diabetes is a condition where one of the identifiers of diabetes is a low magnesium level. So with the magnesium, it enhances insulin secretion, helps balance blood sugar, it helps to allow blood glucose to transfer into the cells, so it actually helps reduce insulin resistance. So magnesium is very important in diabetics. I have clients, who tell me that just by adding magnesium alone to their diet helps them balance their blood sugar without any other intervention. Fatigue, we mentioned earlier that magnesium is very important for the production of ATP. An early symptom of magnesium deficiency is fatigue. What I have here is the medical definition of Inoculatte. Inoculating your coffee, if you take coffee intravenously when you are fatigued. They -- a slide that was supposed to come with that is a little coffee cup. So what I see people doing in order to treat their fatigue is that they are drinking coffee. Unfortunately the more coffee you drink, the more you can stress your adrenal glands and cause a crash an hour or so after your coffee, which makes you think you need another one. Well, the way around that is to take magnesium for natural support of your energy. Another magnesium deficiency condition is heart disease and it is the major one. People who have spasms in their heart muscle and don't forget the heart is one big muscle. As I've mentioned earlier, if you have too much calcium, your heart muscles will go into spasm and cause angina. The most severe heart muscle spasm is a heart attack. If you have enough magnesium, that helps balance out your calcium and gives your muscles a relaxation that prevents angina and can prevent heart attacks. When we hear of athletes suddenly dropping dead of a heart attack, that can be from a deficiency of magnesium. Some people on heart medicines may know that one of their medicines is a calcium channel blocker, which tries to block calcium from going into the cells and causing spasms. Well, as I've going mentioned, a natural calcium channel blocker is magnesium. It you stir up calcium in water, it'll precipitate to the bottom of the glass. If you stir in some magnesium powder, it will actually cause the calcium to dissolve and that's what happens in the body as well. Hypertension spasms of the smooth muscles of the blood vessels can lead to hypertension. Unfortunately, if you take diuretic, it drains off your magnesium as well as your potassium and it can lead to higher blood pressure. You go back to your doctor and the doctor says, oh the diuretic isn't working, let's add a calcium channel blocker. Instead you really do need the magnesium but you have to be careful. If you're taking magnesium and you are on heart medications, you have to work with your doctor to wean off the medications as the magnesium starts to work. Low blood sugar; if you have low blood sugar, you take magnesium to help balance that out as I talked about the diabetes. With insomnia, the magnesium works in many ways here. It helps to regulate melatonin production, relaxes your muscles, it gives you a deeper sleep so that you are actually healing the body at a deeper level of sleep. How you identify deep sleep is if you are having dreams at night. Kidney disease; if you have magnesium, you can help them lessen the calcium build up in atherosclerotic kidney damage. Migraines are very important condition that causes people a lot of aggravation to take a lot of medication for it but we know that magnesium really helps turn migraines into a situation where the muscles are calmed in the brain, the blood vessels are calmed. What happens with migraines? It can be muscle spasms plus blood vessel spasms in the brain. It can work as well with B6 and feverfew. These three nutrients release most cases of migraines. Musculoskeletal conditions; we've mentioned several of these but people with fibrositis and fibromyalgia, spasms, cramps, Charlie horse, muscle twitches and even chronic neck and back pain
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