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Female Guide to Magnesium – Part 1

5 August 2014 - Posted by Ashley under , ,

Female Guide to Magnesium - Part 1: Obstacles Women Face in Maintaining Adequate Magnesium LevelsIf you’ve ever walked the supplement aisles of a grocery store, you’ve probably noticed that there are very well-defined differences in men’s vs. women’s supplements. This same principle applies not only to blends of vitamins, minerals, and herbs in individual products, but also to label-recommended use and dosage amounts. Women have not only their own multivitamins, but also multivitamin varieties, blends catering to reproductive and sexual health, anti-aging formulas, fitness supplements, and (of course) weight loss aids.

In light of these important differences, we figured: Why not magnesium?

In this two part series we’ll explore the unique needs and options that women have for ensuring optimal magnesium. However, before we get into tactics on intake, we first need to tackle the obstacles that women in particular face.

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5 Reasons To Pack Magnesium For Your Vacation

9 April 2014 - Posted by Ashley

If you’re amongst the many people who are taking time off for Spring Break, we have something we’d like to impart…5 Reasons To Pack Magnesium For Your Vacation | Ancient Minerals

Don’t forget your magnesium!

So often when we decide to set off for relaxation, fun, or just a change from our everyday routine, we forget some of the most important items in our effort to just let go and enjoy. But what if we told you that bringing something as simple as magnesium along on your trip could, in fact, help you enjoy your trip a lot more?

Here are 5 great reasons why you should make room in your suitcase for your magnesium:

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Pre-Menstrual Syndrome & Magnesium

4 February 2014 - Posted by Ashley under , ,

Ladies, it’s time to bump magnesium up your priority list, and here’s why…

Pre-Menstrual Syndrome & Magnesium | Ancient Minerals   #pms A while back I decided to embark on a month of “clean living.” Since I already live a relatively clean lifestyle, this concept was more of a “fine tuning” than total rehabilitation. I started by deleting caffeine and alcohol – not that I was consuming either excessively, but both of these are diuretics, causing an unnecessary loss of minerals and fluids. I also set up reminders for myself to ensure that I took my vitamins, bumped up my activity levels, and got adequate amounts of sleep. I lowered my sugar intake, ate more raw foods, and kicked up my “good fat” consumption.

One extra thing that I did was to make a conscious and consistent effort to really boost my magnesium levels through both topical and oral supplementation. Of course, one might assume, since I have magnesium literally at my fingertips, that I have no problem getting sufficient amounts. However, I’m only human and even I find myself needing to renew my habits now and again.

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Stressed Out? You May Be Magnesium Deficient…

9 January 2014 - Posted by Ashley under ,

Stressed Out? You May Be Magnesium Deficient | Ancient MineralsStress is a funny thing… it seems to pop up at the most inconvenient times, or add an extra hurdle to already difficult situations. It can push emotions to their limits, negatively impact the immune system, and exacerbate pain or chronic conditions.

And unfortunately, oftentimes the stresses of life are unavoidable.

However, despite the fact that stressful stimuli abounds, there are ways to but to truly reinforce your body’s own ability to handle stress. One of these, as you may imagine, is maintaining good health. Of course, in today’s busy world, that can be easier said than done!

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Intravenous and Inhaled Magnesium for Childhood Asthma

20 December 2013 - Posted by Ashley under ,

Intravenous and Inhaled Magnesium Sulphate in Management of Children with Bronchial Asthma | Ancient MineralsAlthough we’ve discussed the benefits of magnesium for those with asthma and allergies, a new study released in the Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine has displayed further evidence that the use of magnesium – inhaled magnesium – is a powerful means of battling childhood asthma.

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Background:

Asthma is the most common chronic disease of childhood and the leading cause of childhood morbidity. When uncontrolled, asthma can place significant limits on daily life, and is sometimes fatal. The use of magnesium sulphate (MgSO4) is one of numerous treatment options available during acute severe asthma in children. The efficacy of intravenous, or inhaled MgSO4 has been demonstrated, while little is known about the actual clinical use of either intravenous (IV) or inhaling MgSO4.

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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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9 Magnesium-Rich Foods

30 August 2013 - Posted by Ashley under ,

Although we have already posted a thorough list of foods that contain magnesium, we have failed to go into the other benefits of consuming these nutrient-rich magnesium sources. Magnesium certainly isn’t the only piece to the health puzzle, and we often find ourselves trying to obtain as many nutrients as possible in just a few meals.

So, on top of being rich sources of magnesium, here are some additional pieces of health information on these nutrient-dense foods.

9 Magnesium-Rich Foods

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What is MSM?

23 August 2013 - Posted by Ashley under , ,

Methylsulfonylmethane – or as it’s more widely known amongst the health community, MSM – is an organosulfur compound.What is MSM? | Ancient Minerals Blog

This naturally occurring sulfur is found in all vertebrates – although the extent of its importance still has yet to be explored. It can be obtained through a variety of food sources in small amounts, but occurs higher in [raw] nutritionally-dense foods such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage – as well as dairy products and certain cuts of meat. However, like many agricultural products today, depleted soils have significantly lowered the mineral contents in foods overall.

Unlike more common vitamin and mineral supplements, MSM is a bit of a dark horse, so to speak. Since taking off in the natural health community, many of its deeper benefits have been glanced over – a truly unfortunate oversight – in order to simply promote it as a muscle and joint pain relief agent. Despite its proven benefits and popularity amongst certain communities, lack of sufficient [incontrovertible] research along with mainstream skepticism has kept MSM from becoming a staple product for health and wellbeing.

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