Magnesium: The Super-Mineral

by Kelly Dorfman, M. S.

What can stop an asthma attack, pull toxins out of the body, increase circulation, remove age spots, decrease joint pain and cure constipation? Magnesium! The eighth most plentiful element on the planet and the fourth most abundant mineral in the body is essential for a very wide gamut of critical body functions, affecting virtually every organ system.

Why is Magnesium Important in Developmental Delays?

Magnesium (Mg) is directly responsible for over 300 biochemical bodily reactions, many of which have gone awry in individuals with autism, attention issues and other developmental delays. It is extremely important in the metabolism of fellow elements: cadmium, calcium, copper, iron, phosphorus, potassium, lead, sulfur and zinc. Mg is the single most important mineral for maintaining proper electrical balance and facilitating smooth metabolism in the cells. One of the major properties of magnesium is that of stabilizing cell membranes. The health status of the digestive system and the kidneys significantly influence Mg status. Mg is absorbed in the intestines and then transported through the blood to cells and tissues.

Magnesium Deficiency

Below are common signs of Mg deficiency:

Because magnesium in certain forms is not easily absorbed and because no classical symptoms exist that point to its causal role in disease, the problem of deficiency is very readily masked. Ask your doctor to confirm your suspicions with blood and/or urine testing.

Mg deficiency is most likely in those who eat many processed foods, over-cook foods and drink soft water. Deficiencies can develop when Mg elimination is increased by taking many medications, like diuretics, birth control pills, corticosteroids and anti-psychotics, because these products, as well as alcohol, caffeine and sugar, leach Mg. Colicky babies may also be magnesium deficient because their stressed hormones trigger the excretion of greater than normal levels of Mg in their urine.

Corrective Steps

Before seeking out a medical diagnosis, think "magnesium deficiency." Instead of reaching for asthma medication, arthritis drugs or a laxative, try some magnesium: the super mineral!

[Initially published in New Developments: Volume 11, Number 2 - Winter, 2005-2006]

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