Mineral - Magnesium

The mineral of today is Magnesium. I know we are starting out with the idea that this mineral is perhaps one of the most important minerals for all biological functions. This mineral really is one of those of utmost importance. Just remember that we are looking at each mineral individually. However, Magnesium is found in all biological function and is vital in other minerals performing their role in the complex biological puzzle. Let's do the technical stuff then we can get to the fun stuff. 

Magnesium lines up in tandem with the amino acid Alanine. It follows the GCC codon, is used 11,189,927 times in the DNA sequence and, carries a valence number of +2. It has a very low molecular weight of 24.31 and is recognized by the symbol of Mg.  Magnesium also has a direct control of energy flow through the Kidneys. 

As we jump right into this one element comes to mind that is a direct telltale sign of proper Magnesium levels is chlorophyll. This indication is brought to light, so to speak, by the sunlight hitting the earth, ie; the plants containing the chlorophyll molecule and as the sunlight lights up the Magnesium, we end up with a pretty, full of life green color. We find Magnesium at the center and the formation of the basis for cellular economics. This action is the basis of the deal that we call the food web or in more simple terms, the food chain. Of course, other minerals play a vital role in the whole deal, but Magnesium is at the center of all of the action in pretty much every single cell action taking place with anything biological. We also find Magnesium being directly involved in about 1/4 to 1/3 of all other minerals in their actions or as a part of their action. Magnesium also is a co-factor in the functioning of well over 300 and by some accounts, ever a larger amount of the commonly known over 300, enzymes related to biological function. So yes, Magnesium is very important in the whole scheme of things. We will understand this role more as we look at the action potential of deficiencies of Magnesium. That will come later on in the lecture. 

We are going to take a long and serious look at what role Magnesium plays in the biological functioning of the human, Animal and Plant Life. As earlier mentioned, we mentioned that Magnesium is involved in the enzyme action of the body's use of insulin and glucose secretion. I sometimes wonder if this is a direct relation to Diabetes. When you look at the deficiencies related to Magnesium, it makes perfect sense. Mind you this is the whole idea is not limited to deficiencies but to the lack of ability to use Magnesium that is found in the body, in say, a locked state. A lack of Boron is a major way of the body in not having the ability to assimilate Magnesium.  Too much Calcium or the taking of certain Calcium supplements can also contribute to this state. Improper ratios of Carbonate and Phosphate will also lock up the Magnesium mineral. 

Magnesium is known as the Anti-stress agent. This mineral plays a direct role in the body's ability to deal with heat stress. It keeps the person calm under these conditions. It also helps the ability of the brain to resist all forms of stress, tension, depression, and the drum roll of this class of stress.. mental fatigue.  How often have you heard people ask, Do you have anything for brain fog?  What do you have for concentration? I just can't concentrate.  What about memory? I can't remember what I did just a short time ago. I am so forgetful. In addition to brain issues along the emotional category, it also plays a factor in the epileptic seizure situation. Magnesium tends to moderate the episode when it takes place or even, according to some sources, prevent them. 

Many other issues can come into play with the Magnesium mineral as it comes to the lack thereof. Another popular phrase/question is this; I just don't seem to have any energy. Magnesium is a major factor in this as well. The way this works is that Magnesium is a factor in releasing energy from dietary sources. IE; you can eat a bunch of food that should, at least in theory, provide you with all sorts of energy. What happens, nothing, you just stay there on the starting line, your "engine" idling with your accelerator peddle to the floor. It is more broadly involved in the whole program of the carbohydrate/protein/fat being processed by the body. However, in my perspective, one of the best things about Magnesium is that it balances out the pH by being a factor in the strength of the alkaline side of the balance. According to some credible sources, you might even call Magnesium a calcium channel blocker, a natural type if you will. This tends to function in a way of building elasticity to the arteries and veins, allows the blood to flow more freely, thus allowing for more nutrients, including oxygen to flow within the blood system. It has been discovered that most heart attack victims tend to have Magnesium deficiencies. In further perspectives along this line, Diabetes tends to drain off Magnesium more than in the average person, leading them to heart attacks at a higher rate than the general population. Also, the Asthmatic crowd tends to benefit from higher levels of Magnesium as it tends to improve lung and respiratory capacity. 

As a general rule, it is thought that well over 80% population of the western world suffers from a Magnesium deficiency.  Part of this situation is thought to be a causation of high amounts of processed food that is consumed by the western world population as the processing tends to remove the Magnesium from the food. However, a large amount of Phosphorous can either block the Magnesium uptake or throw off the balance Phosphorous/Calcium/Iron/Magnesium/Zinc leading to a situation that essentially blocks the use of all of these minerals by the body, thus providing a deficiency type diagnosis or appearance. Magnesium is stored in the body at a low level based on need. Most of the Magnesium is stored in the bones with a small amount found in the soft tissues. I seriously think that the small amount found there is what is being used in the normal body functioning at any given time. So really the only surplus is found in the bones and when considering the amount of Magnesium needed on a daily basis, that surplus is not going to last very long. The USRDA is around 410 mg. for men and 310 mg. for women. Women lactating and pregnant tend to need levels more in the numbers of the men. So really that is a high amount, based on scale weight when compared to other minerals, needed for an individual on a daily basis.

Now here is an aspect that I feel is important. In the treatment of Alcoholism, we have all of these very special treatment programs, many based on willpower and on and on. The problem here is when it boils right down to it, Alcoholism is rooted in a Magnesium deficiency problem. Of course, some other enzymes, such as Thiamine plays a role as well, it is this mineral that is the base of the problem. Part of this is direct to the mineral and part is the role the Magnesium mineral in relationship to other factors, such as the emotional aspect. The one psychological point in the vicious Alcohol aspect is that of self-respect. This is part of the downward spiral is that of the lack of self-respect brought on by a lowering of the resistance of being able to cope with challenges and other people that the alcoholic depends on for support, not being there, emotionally for them. They feel isolated. Perhaps that is why they seek a drinking buddy in most cases, which amounts to the blind leading the blind because the one cannot give much support above the level that he is barely coping at, yet trying to deal with an issue of Magnesium deficiency, that they have no knowledge about.  How can a person win in this setting? You can't, plain and simple. All of this is brought on by a Magnesium deficiency because of those people being close to the person, environment, diet, etc., which means they are lacking in Magnesium so they are in a weakened state and can't provide for that emotional support. Without a higher than normal level of Magnesium to draw from, it becomes a hopeless situation at best. Many treatment programs focus on basically a selective starvation type of mentality. Starve them of alcohol and while their mind is off of the alcohol, declare them sober. Maybe they are eating a little better, getting some Magnesium, so they have some willpower, things are going good, declaration that they are cured/sober. Throw them back in the same environment and wham.. back to no dietary Magnesium and back in the tank or rather the bottle. ON this one area, please don't question me about it. I have been around Alcoholics my whole life, plus with an extensive psychological background in dealing with it, plus the agricultural scientist and on and on, I speak from a been there done it life experience. I know what I am talking about. Which leads me to the next paragraph because of alcohol metabolizes into what in the body? Sugar.  

Other sources of Magnesium depletion is in the areas of high stress, being sick, high sugar intake, whoa what was that? High sugar intake??? Since most of the processed food is loaded with sugars and salts, you end up with high sugar intake and high sodium intake, which throws off the balances and facilitates a high level of Magnesium being removed from the body.  But if a person is taking a small amount of Boron, it tends to block the removal of Magnesium, but the high processing of food also removes Boron from the dietary source of this mineral as well. So unless the person is supplementing for Boron, at aspect isn't going to happen. Man, it just ends up being a vicious circle of going downward at an almost verticle plane. Surprisingly other sources of Magnesium depletion comes from too much protein in your diet and by eating too much fruit. It just looks like it is a zero-sum game, no matter how you look at it. If you get too much of one thing, it takes away from the space for another thing and yes there seems to be a pecking order to it, a caste system if you will, as to which mineral gets pushed out and what one takes on a dominance. What a circus and definitely a delicate balance for the thing to run properly.

Essential Oil Connection.

Here we end up with a somewhat simple idea to work with this mineral as it relates to the oils. The first key to remember is the Chlorophyll aspect. Here is the key, plants high in Chlorophyll will tend to have high levels of Magnesium on a ppm basis. Not all green plants will register high on a ppm basis, but the key aspect here is the more lush, full leaf type plants.  So you will find various levels of Magnesium in Marjoram is at 3,900. , Oregano at 3,016., Basil at 4,340. Spinach which comes in at 11,000 ppm and is on the high end of the ppm scale. Coriander is in there at one of the highest oils, at 7,488. Peppermint at 6,610. Dill at 6,470.  Interestingly this year a lot of the alfalfa fields around here is being inundated with Burdock. Burdock root is used as an herb, is high on the scale of Magnesium, coming in at 5,370 ppm. Thyme is at 4,360. Fennel at 5,012. Other interesting foods, Potato is at 4,250. Beets are at 4,200. Rosemary is at 2,483. Black Pepper at 2,340.  Now when we get back to foods, we see beans, of the Phaseolus vulgaris family we have those beans, ( Green Bean, Black Bean, Navy bean, String Bean, Kidney bean, etc., ) coming in at 18,000 ppm. Purslane, which is used as both a food and herb comes in at 18,700. I have never used Purslane, but I think I will now. When you look at this whole deal with Magnesium you will find the key plants that contain high levels of Magnesium are the root plants and the leaf plants, for the most part. I do find it interesting that we don't see any of the plants that we typically use for oils from a cold pressed or expeller source. There are some bark oils, low on the ppm basis, some seeds that are used in herbal settings but no plants that used for oils that cold or expeller expressed. Some that are used for herbal applications but not for essential oils. 

Since the Magnesium mineral molecule is so light in weight, one would have thought that most of it would have been lost in the distillation process. But there seems to be an exception to that rule here, anyway. So that tells us that it is binding to other more heavy minerals and is combining weights with them, making both of them more stable as to volatility. So since we have a high level of Magnesium being required on a daily basis for everyone, the use of these oils/foods/herbs. etc.,  will contribute, at least in theory, to your daily requirement of Magnesium. This will either come in the direct form or by promoting the metabolism or unlocking of the mineral if it is already there. This really is a little-known secret of using the oils. What we really are doing, when the rubber hits the pavement, is the using of the oils to affect the minerals and enzymes. Then they, in turn, promotes the, dare I say, the healing process of the specific target/purpose in using the oils. So as you learn about the oils, and about the various issues related to daily and long-term malfunctions of the human, animal, and plant life, you will find a great deal of success if you associate your selection of an oil to the mineral deficiency that the person is dealing with. On a personal basis, after doing this research to prepare these E-Lectures, I can't help but think that I suffer from low levels of Magnesium. I crave the foods listed in the above part that I listed. Beans, I love them. I can't envision a life without a potato and a beet in my life. A life without a spud and a beet is no life at all. Both carry a good ratio of the Magnesium mineral. I tell people that I really don't use that large of a variety oils on a regular basis. I mean I use a lot of the oils in doing the research and development of the formulas. But outside of that aspect, the above-listed oils are my primary use oils in the singles line up. An even more interesting aspect is that as I have said about Thyme oil being primarily a man oil. I say a man oil because men respond very readily and observable to Thyme oil, especially the Thymol type. Women tend to respond the same with Basil oil. Which is why I say that Basil oil is a really good oil for women. Then when you look at this and compare the oils to the issue and then tie it to the mineral, it then makes perfect sense. Magnesium really is a cure-all mineral rather it comes dressed in a food, herb or even an essential oil. 

Summary and Discussion;

I obviously have left a lot about this mineral out. The industrial uses are widespread, but as mentioned, we are primarily looking at these minerals as they apply to a biological setting. In this, I saved an exciting part for this section. This is centered around the question of, How do the people in the Arctic get their Magnesium, when Magnesium is primarily found in foods that they do not have access to on any kind of a regular basis. Yet they thrive just fine without the "Greens".  Their source comes from eating sea-sourced food. The Oceans are an excellent place to source Magnesium from. Salt water has a tendency to attract Magnesium and concentrate it better than fresh water. But either water source is usually a good source of Magnesium, with salt water being a far superior source. Although we don't really have a whole lot of storage capacity within a biological entity, we do see a little bit of Magnesium building up in fat, so in a smaller degree, fat concentrates it as well. Then we have another demographic that is not left out and that is those living around/near/in volcanic soil areas and sourcing their food from those areas. The volcanic soil is normally rich in Magnesium and the type of Magnesium is the type(s) that are easily assimilated by plants. Normally, when a biological entity ingests a natural type of raw mineral, the efficiency rate is very low. But when the mineral is run through a plant, the efficiency is quite high. Magnesium is no different. Supplementing for Magnesium is a good idea if combined with other minerals. When a person does this, the rule of a plant source of Magnesium will give the person better results. When you are doing a garden or even in farming situations, adding a little Magnesium to the fertilizer is a good idea, but here is it the same a feeding it to a person or animal. Mixing it with other minerals will tend to give better results. As a general rule, you can't overdo it with Magnesium, at least within reason, so you don't need to concerned with overdosing. This concept applies to both biological use as well as a soil amendment.

So with that, let's end our lecture here on that note. I hope you can see that Magnesium is a very important mineral. This is another mineral that if you don't have, life as you know it will change and change big time. Likely, no life at all. 

Thank you for your time and interest. Until next lecture, ponder what you have learned here and see how to apply it to your own life.