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Monday, 10 March 2014

The Magnesium and Arthritis Connection

The Magnesium and Arthritis Connection

The Magnesium and Arthritis Connection The most interesting fact about magnesium is that when there is a deficiency, the white blood cells in the body markedly increase the cytokines responsible for inflammation. They also increase histamine levels.

What this means to your joints is there’s trouble ahead. Magnesium deficiency causes inflamed joints, which lead to pain in your joints. Chronic inflammation will eventually break down any healthy tissue in your joints.

Tissues that are inflamed send out distress signals to white blood cells to come in to the area to help repair them. However, once these white blood cells get to the tissue in distress, they create even more cytokines that cause greater levels of inflammation.

Magnesium stops this process.

The Magnesium/Inflammation Connection Established in Research Studies Researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina discovered that C-reactive protein (CRP) levels were much higher in those who had a magnesium deficiency and only consumed about 310-420 mg magnesium daily. This is about 50% of the estimated daily value needed to maintain good health.

C-Reactive Protein is considered a strong predictor of heart attacks, stroke and inflammation in the body.

The bad news is that a magnesium deficiency also damaged blood vessels as well, due to the inflammation. Researchers believe that a deficiency of this important element induces stress in the whole body, which exaggerates aging processes through oxidation and immune system stress.

And it doesn’t take months for these negative results to occur. In studies, only a few days of low levels of magnesium was enough to cause marked inflammation. Magnesium replacement reversed the inflammation.

Could it be that many of us are deficient in magnesium? Absolutely. Foods in the diet only provide little bits of magnesium here and there. No one food is especially high in the mineral. Green leafy vegetables and nuts contain higher amounts than other foods, but still are not high enough if your body is showing a deficiency.

What are the Deficiency Symptoms? Here are the magnesium deficiency signs and symptoms:

• Muscle twitching

• Tremors in the body

• Confusion and being overly cautious

• Depression

• Irritability

• Disorientation

Many health issues such as heart disease, arthritis, attention deficit syndrome, deafness, constipation, and kidney stones are related to low levels of magnesium in the body.

Perhaps the easiest way to see if you are deficient in magnesium is to rub magnesium oil on your joints and see what happens. In those who are deficient, the muscles relax instantly and the arthritis nodules and joints are not tender to the touch. This isn’t an official “medical” test for a magnesium deficiency but it can give you and your doctor a clue as to what to do next.

Correcting a magnesium deficiency can make a remarkable difference in your arthritis. Discuss the topic with your doctor and nutritionist today.

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