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Ennis_TX,

I couldn't agree more.

There was a fairly popular book a few years ago that highlighted the importance of Magnesium.  It is called the "Magnesium Miracle" written by Dr.  carolyn dean people are said to waste away without enough Magnesium.

I think of it as Chlorophyll for the animals.  The Mitochondria  can't metabolism energy in our cells without it.

It should be noted that in 25%of people taking PPI's as the article notes have to stop taking them (PPI's) because when taking them (PPI's) too long they become low in magnesium because their stomach can no longer produces a strong enough acid to trigger absorption.

Quoting from the article you linked concerning Magnesium levels and PPI's.

Proton pump inhibitors

"Prescription proton pump inhibitor (PPI) drugs, such as esomeprazole magnesium (Nexium®) and lansoprazole (Prevacid®), when taken for prolonged periods (typically more than a year) can cause hypomagnesemia [62]. In cases that FDA reviewed, magnesium supplements often raised the low serum magnesium levels caused by PPIs. However, in 25% of the cases, supplements did not raise magnesium levels and the patients had to discontinue the PPI. FDA advises healthcare professionals to consider measuring patients’ serum magnesium levels prior to initiating long-term PPI treatment and to check magnesium levels in these patients periodically [62]."

We simply can't function without Magnesium.

Dr. Dean's website notes why this is so.

quoting http://drcarolyndean.com/magnesium_miracle/

"When serum magnesium drops, mechanisms in the body push the levels up by dragging magnesium out of the bones and muscles. This is done for a very important reason – the heart muscle requires a constant level of magnesium or it will go into spasm – AKA a heart attack!"

Our hearts stop beating when we run out of magnesium.  Calcium triggers the contraction and magnesium releases the muscle and why when we are low in magnesium -- we have charley horses i.e. muscle cramps.  the muscle can't relax because their is not enough magnesium to release the muscle.  And why when people take magnesium charley horse i.e cramps in the middle of the night go away as if by magic but it really is just magnesium.

Dr. dean lists over 20+ things/conditions magnesium can help people with when they are low in it.

I hope this is helpful.

posterboy,

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