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Magnesium Status and Stress

From eNewsletter 12/14/2020

DID YOU KNOW that according to a new study in BMJ, the most harmful effects on the brain from alcohol occur during three periods of life that are marked by dynamic brain changes:

  • Gestation (conception to birth), which is characterized by extensive production, migration, and differentiation of neurons, as well as substantial apoptosis (specialized cell death);

  • Later adolescence (age 15 to 19 years), a period marked by synaptic pruning and increased axonal myelination; and

  • Older adulthood (age 65 and beyond), a period associated with brain atrophy. Changes accelerate after age 65, largely driven by decreases in neuron size and reductions in the number of dendritic spines and synapses.

COVID-19 CONDITION MONOGRAPH UPDATE Steve just updated for the third time the most recent data for treating COVID-19 conventionally and through integrative means. The 253 reference monograph is free at this COVID-19 Condition Monograph link.

VIRUS PREVENTION Continue with extra immune support until at least summer of 2021. SARS-CoV-2 knows no boundaries and does not discriminate. Besides, SARS-CoV-2 is not the only virus we fight. There is influenza (flu), norovirus (stomach flu), adenovirus (common cold), and four other coronaviruses (common cold), among others. Prevent and Fight Coronavirus 2.0 is our must-read protocol.

MAGNESIUM STATUS AND STRESS Steve and Bonnie: For over 30 years, we have stressed (no pun intended) the critical need for magnesium supplementation to mitigate the deleterious effects that stress and anxiety have on the body. As the image above shows, stress and anxiety deplete the body of magnesium. Because of this, as well as magnesium not being prevalent in food, it should come as no surprise that about 75 percent of us are deficient. According to the National Institutes of Health, women require 350 milligrams supplemental magnesium and men 400 milligrams daily.

A new study in Nutrients explores the "Vicious Circle" concept. Low magnesium status has been reported in numerous studies assessing nutritional aspects in subjects suffering from psychological stress or associated symptoms. This overlap in the results suggests that stress increases magnesium loss, causing a deficiency; and in turn, magnesium deficiency could enhance the body's susceptibility to stress, resulting in a magnesium and stress vicious circle. The simple way to free oneself from the vicious circle is supplementation. Even the conservative American Psychiatric Association's Textbook of Psychiatry, Seventh Edition recommends magnesium supplements as a first line therapy. Please note that many magnesium sources can create loose stool. The source we have found to be very well tolerated for daily use is glycinate.

GALLBLADDER SYMPTOMS: WHAT TO LOOK FOR This article is reserved for NCI Well Connect Members. You can get this article by signing up here. You can get our free eNewsletter by signing up at the top of our website.


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