Magnesium, Senior Health, and Free Radicals

 

 

Did you know that “normal aging processes” are associated with an increased likelihood of high blood pressure, heart disease, adult onset diabetes, and reduced insulin sensitivity? In other words, these conditions are “expected” and “normal” throughout the process of aging, and don’t bat an eyelash in senior patients. This, however, does not have to be the case.

French Magnesium researcher Dr. Pierre Delbert was convinced that the aging body does not hold up to these complications due to the imbalance of calcium to magnesium. It is an average estimate that those over the age of 60, have 3x as much calcium as they do magnesium. Dr. Pierre knew that calcium floods into cells where there is magnesium deficiency, causing massive cell damage and calcification (or hardening) of the cell. It was also observed that the toxicity of excess calcium in the brain and other tissues play a large role in senility.

Clinical researchers are starting to suggest that it is the disturbance of calcium and magnesium that are the cause for the frequent clinical coexistence of high blood pressure and all other metabolic disorders attributed to simply aging.

In a study of nursing home residents, low magnesium levels were associated with diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. While those individuals reaching a hundred years of age had a higher total body magnesium and lower calcium levels than the average senior.

This leads us to the study of free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules that are the product of normal body metabolism. Free radicals are formed when molecules within our body’s cells react with oxygen. The unstable molecules are necessary and normal products of metabolic function but left uncontrolled radical production plays a major role in the development of degenerative diseases such as autoimmune disease, cancer, and heart disease.

Sources of free radicals come from industrial pollution, auto exhaust, cigarette smoke, infectious viruses, x-rays, alcohol and even stress. And according to research, low magnesium levels not only magnify free radical damage but also hasten the production of free radicals.

Cells with low magnesium levels are twice as susceptible to free radical damage and production, due to magnesium’s invaluable trait of streamlining metabolic function.

Properly supplementing magnesium can greatly reduce the number of free radicals in the body, that quicken the aging process. Proper magnesium supplementation can be achieved by taking a soak in Magnesium Chloride Bath Salts or rubbing Magnesium Oil into the soles of your feet twice a day.

Magnesium Chloride, preferably from The Dead Sea in Israel, is recommended due to its high mineral content of Magnesium, and its purity.

Oral supplementation is not often recommended due to the kidney’s function of filtering out high levels of magnesium in the digestive system. Direct to skin contact is 80% more effective due to fast adherence to the blood stream, cultivating strong cardiovascular system while keeping your magnesium levels up to fight off free radical overproduction.

Aging has always been an issue, but thanks to new research and studies, we can find smart healthy ways to fend off the complications that accompany it, and magnesium may be your first step.

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