The amazing mineral called Magnesium
Magnesium is an amazing mineral that is essential for the optimal functioning of the body. It is found in our bones as well as in our cells. Many people do not consume enough magnesium which can lead to many different health problems. It is required for over 250 functions in the body. Magnesium has been used for many years to help with cramping, particularly with athletes but more and more people are supplementing with this mineral as they become more aware of its incredible importance.
Environmental analysis has confirmed that the traditional food chain is markedly deficient in magnesium. The problem is further exacerbated by the customary practice of adding large amounts of salt to processed foods, meals and junk foods. Sodium disrupts the uptake of magnesium across the gut wall.
Pollution is also something to consider now as there are more radioactive minerals in our environment than ever before. We are continually ingesting minute amounts of these radioactive minerals. Once magnesium is deficient in the biosystem, then rogue radioactive metals such as strontium 90 or barium are able to substitute at the vacant magnesium sites on enzymes. This occurs because these minerals posses a similar atomic arrangement to magnesium/calcium thereby disrupting the healthy functioning of the enzymes. These free radicals generated by the rogue replacement radionuclides could cause mutations. In this respect it is interesting to note that we are seeing more of these neurodegenerative diseases that stem from specific mutations in the enzymes that mediate the metabolism of cholesterol/lipids the guanosine triphosphate cell signalling enzymes. These enzyme systems are magnesium related in the healthy human body.
Another magnesium activated enzyme is glutamine synthetase, and once its avtivity is knocked out of action during magnesium deficiency, then the highlyneurotoxic glutamate molecule builds up in the brain, thereby triggering the whole downward spiral of various types of neurodegenerative diseases. Likewise, the enzymes which regulate insulin metabolism are largely magnesium activated. It is therefore no surprise to discover that the incident rates of diabetic/pancreatic disorders amongst the youth today are at a very high level.
Exposure to non-radioactive strontium or barium atoms may lead to a loss of free sulphate in the system. The reactive forms of these metals are well recognised to couple up with sulphur, thereby starving the nervous system of one of its most crucial structural caretakers - the sulphated proteoglycan heparin molecules. Once deprived of their sulphur co partners, these ingenious proteoglycans will cease to perform their function in 'sparking' the electric signals that regulate the growth and maintenance of the complex infrastructure of neuronal networking. Neurodegenerative wasting ensues.
Interestingly, loss of proteoglycans activity has been shown to be responsible for invoking the cornerstone pathogenic mechanisms which underpin the cause of neurodegenerative wasting conditions such as Alzheimers, Parkinsons, multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease and BSE. Whilst individual genetics or other mineral and vitamin deficiencies can determine which particular type of neurodegenerative disease will emerge at the end of the day, it is the environmental exposure to these sulphur-capturing pollutants such as barium and strontium that represent the common causal component shared by all of these diseases.
Barium and strontium are employed widely in industries manufacturing paper, munitions, zinc refining, welding, rubber, glass, paint pigments, ceramics, fabrics and TV components. How many people do you know with degenerative diseases have been exposed to common sources of contaminates?