Magnesium-the unloved mineral

Do you remember watching Wild Kingdom as a kid?  Did you happen to notice that the animals attacking their prey would immediately eat the organ meats.  I never really thought about why until I listened to Morley Robbins explain the importance of magnesium.  Magnesium is the Rodney Dangerfield of the mineral world.  It gets “No Respect”  I have been so remiss in not learning the importance of this underutilized mineral.  Magnesium is a mineral found in oysters, must, seeds, almonds, cashews, pumpkin, pistachios, kelp and organ meats.  You can also get it from wheat grass.  The strange thing about magnesium is that nobody really talks about its importance.  We speak ad nauseam about calcium and vitamin D–but magnesium is the missing component in this triad.  It turns out that we may be enduring an epidemic of magnesium deficiency.

First a little history, our ancestors lived in a very magnesium rich environment.  It was in the water, food, root vegetables and organ meats that we consumed.  Around 100 years ago, the environment flipped.  It became a calcium rich, magnesium poor environment.  It became much more acidic with toxins.   We started refining salt from its natural form (sea salt) which contained a natural balance of magnesium and sodium. Sugar cane started being refined which removes all the magnesium.  So now, living in a calcium rich environment we have developed problems lack of the stabilizing magnesium particle.  Calcium that isn’t regulated by magnesium causes massive inflammation.  Hence (spoiler alert) the inflammation forms free radicals and oxidative stress which progresses to chronic disease states –with heart disease being very significant due to calcium deposits on the arteries.


Uses of magnesium:

Stabilization of bones–magnesium gives bones resilience

Regulates calcium in the body

Vital for support for muscles in body (remember the heart is a muscle)



Here is a link to a great tutorial on how to make magnesium lotion—check it out!



Posted on by Angela in disease, Mind, Uncategorized 5 Comments

5 Responses to Magnesium-the unloved mineral

  1. David

    Dear Angela,

    You MUST be one of the first physicians I’ve run into who recognized the importance of this mineral.

    My wife and I went to an endocrinologist for a consult on her post-menopausal osteoporosis. We had asked about other essential minerals such as boron, silica, etc. His flat-out comment was we get enough of these minerals in our foodstuffs. But, let’s get you onto one of these new injectible osteogenic meds.

    Ww went away thinking that we need all these co-factors in the coagulation process. Surely, these other elements may come in as necessary requirements in the bone production process too, aside from the Calcium, Vitamin D, etc.

    Needless to say, we didn’t stay with him!

    Treating disease from a holistic perspective is the new medicine of the future. Treating disease strictly from a pharmaceutical basis is starting to shift.


    • Angela

      Thanks David! I have to give props to Sean Croxton at —I have learned more about nutrition and mineral deficiencies from listening to his podcasts in the last few months than I ever did in my 7 years of medical training!!! It’s a very valuable site if you are interested.

  2. David

    Hi Angela,

    Thanks for the link… I’ll go and have a visit!


    • Angela

      You will love the site!!! Have a great weekend!

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