On 27th March 2014, Rosemary attended a seminar at the Rydges North Sydney Hotel present by Prof. Dr. Jurgen Vormann from Germany.
It was good to be reminded of our ancestral diet – high in leafs, nuts, berries and game – a stark contrast to our modern day diet. Today’s diet includes starchy products of bread, pasta, potatoes and rice, as well a wheat and diary products. This diet is particularly low in Magnesium.
Magnesium is good for women who are pregnant and lactating, and is particularly good for reducing migraines, dementia, Coronary Heart Disease, diabetes, lower back pain and mitochondrial energy production.
Magnesium has many functions in the human body. Magnesium:
• acts as a counter ion for energy-rich ATP (energy) and nuclear acids
• is a cofactor in more then 300 enzymatic reactions
• is necessary for structural functions of proteins, nucleic acids and mitochondria
• is a natural calcium antagonist
• plays a key role in ATP metabolism, muscle function, bone metabolism and neurological function
• modulates insulin signal transduction and cell proliferation
• has anti-apoptotic properties
Foods high in Magnesium are:
• Green vegetables
• Legumes and fruit
• Nuts and seeds
Symptoms of Magnesium deficiency:
• Headaches, dizziness, poor concentration, nervousness, jumpiness, migraines
• Cardiac arrhythmias
• Nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea
• Gastrointestinal cramps, Urinary tract cramps, uterine cramps, thigh and calf/leg cramps
• Numbness and tingling of hands and feet
• Eye twitching
Causes of Magnesium deficiency:
• Reduced intake – unbalanced diet, low consumption of magnesium rich foods
• Impaired absorption – inherited defects, gastrointestinal diseases
• Increased excretion – acidosis, abuse of alcohol and laxatives, all diuretics, and drugs such as cyclosporine and cisplatin.
If you think you may have symptoms of Magnesium deficiency, the most effective form of Magnesium supplements are available from Rosemary.