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Magnesium Levels Vital to Brain and Mental Health

5 November 2013 - Posted by Ashley under , , ,

Magnesium Levels Vital to Brain and Mental Health | Ancient Minerals BlogNovember is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month and the serious issues of cognitive health will be in the spotlight in the coming weeks. The medical community agrees that cognitive impairment (CI), ranging from mild to severe, is almost epidemic in the U.S. as the Baby Boomer generation is aging and living longer. Scientists believe one reason is that the human brain begins shrinking after age 25. Structural changes and loss of brain synapses lead to rapid decline in cognitive health.

The solution is still unclear, however the good news is that the human brain has a greater degree of plasticity than scientists previously believed, and new studies, specifically those made in nutritional research, show that magnesium deficiency in adults may play a more important role in CI, and more seriously, Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), than previously thought.

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Is Magnesium Deficiency an Overlooked Cause of Low Vitamin D Status?

25 October 2013 - Posted by Ashley under ,

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Is Magnesium Deficiency an Overlooked Cause of Low Vitamin D Status? | Ancient Minerals BlogLike vitamin D deficit, magnesium deficit is considered to be a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Several steps in the vitamin D metabolism, such as vitamin D binding to its transport protein and the conversion of vitamin D into the hormonal form 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D by hepatic and renal hydroxylation, depend on magnesium as a co-factor.

A new analysis of two National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys data sets, published in BMC Medicine, investigated potential interactions between magnesium intake, circulating 25-hydroxyvitamin D, which is the generally accepted indicator of vitamin D status, and mortality. Data indicate a reduced risk of insufficient/deficient vitamin D status at high magnesium intake and an inverse association between circulating 25-hydroxyvitamin D and mortality, particularly cardiovascular mortality, among those with magnesium intake above the median.

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Magnesium & Drinking Water

27 September 2013 - Posted by Ashley under , ,

Magnesium & Drinking Water | Ancient Minerals Blog It has often been observed that although we, as a society, have many tools and extensive technology at our fingertips, we do some very stupid things. Or, at least, that’s how it often appears.

Case in point – we have, in fact, known for years that the addition of magnesium to the municipal water supply (drinking water) has not only yielded significant health benefits, but also that the softening of water – and, therefore, depleting of minerals – is detrimental overall in regards to public health. Now, when I say years, I mean that in big, bold print… as in there are studies from the 1960’s (and probably before that) that specifically state these conclusions.

For example, a 1960 U.S. study on cardiovascular disease  mortality and treated water supplies concluded, “Softer water was associated with higher death rates.”

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The Decline of the Dead Sea

21 June 2013 - Posted by Ashley under , ,

The Decline of the Dead Sea - Why We Avoid Dead Sea Sourced Products #unsustainable #contaminationSince our most popular product is our Ancient Minerals – a Genuine Zechstein topical magnesium chloride – we’re often asked our opinion on other magnesium products on the market. Being that we are magnesium advocates, we encourage the utilization of multiple sources between oral supplementation, topical applications, and magnesium-rich foods. However, one of the most popular sources used for magnesium chloride in cosmetic products is the Dead Sea, so we wanted to take the time out to discuss this in more detail.

Firstly, we do not recommend the use of minerals sourced from the Dead Sea – and yes, that will probably get a few gasps of outrage from diehard Dead Sea lovers.

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Magnesium Application with Iontophoresis

31 May 2013 - Posted by Ashley under

As I’m sure we’ve more than adequately demonstrated, transdermal delivery is not only a more efficient and effective way to transport nutrients from outside to within, but in a society plagued with digestive disorders, it may be the only means (besides intravenous) of correcting deficiencies or benefiting from a prescribed treatment. However, the skin is still by far one of the most under-utilized vehicles for drug delivery when it comes to mainstream medicine… or even alternative medicine for that matter. Only in recent years have people started taking more notice (Patches! Patches are everywhere!).

So… given my penchant for reading any and all magnesium-related research, it’s not surprising that a recently released article caught my eye and inspired this post. Interestingly enough, the article actually discussed the absorption of magnesium transdermally, which I was very excited about. But even more interesting (to me, at least) was that the transdermal application came with a dose of electricity.

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