Goodman also discusses many of the other health conditions that can be addressed by supplementing with magnesium. Magnesium synergistically balances with various nutrients, elements and enzymes in order for our body to function properly. Magnesium has a powerful effect on immunity, metabolism, and energy. Goodman gives us all the reasons why it’s important to take this necessary nutrient in order to be the healthiest we can be.
Dr. Goodman starts the book off by discussing many very chilling heart disease statistics.
Each year an estimated 785,000 people have a heart attack, and 470,000 more have a repeat attack.
Goodman discusses all the different types of heart disease that exist, and the signs and symptoms for each type. He writes in great detail and with a strong medical knowledge, but easy for people who are not medical professionals to follow and understand. He discusses how magnesium is often overlooked as a necessary mineral. Goodman details all the important roles magnesium plays in our body, such as activating enzymes so the body can carry out hundreds of vital chemical processes, like producing energy, and converting nutrients into energy.
Goodman covers our body’s response to stress, and how this stress response depletes our body of this essential mineral. He details many of the reasons why we are typically deficient in magnesium, such as the decline in the nutritional content of our food and soil.
Depleted mineral supplies in cropland means reduced levels of all nutrients in the crops that are grown on land.
There are other factors contributing to our magnesium deficiency which Goodman touches upon, such as the standard American diet (SAD), typically high in processed grains which bind our nutrients, poor food absorption, and poor food preparation methods. Therefore, even with a high magnesium diet, it might not all be bioavailable, or utilized by our body. Goodman also addresses high calcium intake, pharmaceuticals, GI issues, and sweaty all as contributing factors to magnesium deficiency.
Goodman breaks down every detail of the heart and cardiovascular system, and then focuses on all the ways in which magnesium plays a vital role in each of these processes. Although Goodman focuses primarily on heart disease, he also covers many other important areas of health related to magnesium deficiency, such as; diabetes, metabolic syndrome, obesity, depression, chronic fatigue, chronic pain, migraines, heavy metal toxicity, GI issues, PMS, sleep issues, and even asthma.
Finally, Goodman discusses magnesium rich foods, how to supplement with magnesium, as well as all the various forms of magnesium that are available and how to properly use them.