Magnesium deficiency is very common because it has been removed from our grains and water supply. A deficiency in this mineral is the leading cause of many health concerns, including:
- High blood pressure
- Irregular heart beat/heart palpitations
- Muscle pain or cramping
- Restless legs
- Twitching eyelids
- Sleep disturbances
- Headaches/or migraines
- Premenstrual syndrome
As par for the course my life takes, I’ve often had to be the recipient of a symptom or condition to truly understand its causes, effects and solutions — providing me with a deeper understanding of what my patients’ experience. Unfortunately, this investigative report came about because I recently experienced a very troubling visual disturbance and dull headache over one eye and immediately panicked thinking it was a detached retina again — one of the most debilitating conditions I’ve been through!
RESEARCH on the incredible health benefits of the omega-3s is published almost on a daily basis. The marine omega-3 fatty acids, DHA and EPA play a crucial role in the development of the brain, nervous system and the eye. Even the medical community has been caught up in the excitement. In 2002, the American Heart Association issued a scientific statement on the effects of omega-3 fatty acids on heart health. The statement endorsed raising our levels of DHA and EPA either by eating fish or by taking a daily fish oil supplement. The American Heart Association statement reviews omega-3s support of healthy heart rhythm, cardiac strength and the health of blood vessels.
Clinical experience, as well as research in nerve pain conditions such as pancreatic cancer, has shown that magnesium can be an effective treatment for pain. Although it is clear why magnesium can decrease muscle pain (it makes muscles relax), why it would help nerve pain was less clear. A new study on rats printed in The Journal of Physiology confirms our clinical experience that magnesium decreases nerve pain—while also pointing to how it works.