Welcome to part seven of our blog series and your journey to a healthier metabolism, better energy levels, and a healthier body weight.
So far in this blog series you’ve learned a lot about how your body converts carbohydrates (glucose) and fats (fatty acids) into the energy molecules that keep you alive. Primarily, you’ve learned that magnesium is needed for every major aspect of this process of creating ATP energy molecules.
Furthermore, you’ve learned that the tiny energy factories inside your cells called your mitochondria are where most of this ATP energy production occurs.
As a result, it is safe to assume that your mitochondria are one of – if not the most important parts of your entire body. It’s hard to argue against this when we realize that all the other parts of your body rely on your mitochondria for energy.
Today we look at how magnesium is central to protecting your mitochondria and ensuring that they can keep up with your body’s energy demands. (You can find all the scientific literature for this post at iMag library’s metabolism section.)
Magnesium Protects Mitochondria From Calcification
Your body is made of trillions of cells. Each one of these cells has between hundreds to thousands of energy factories called mitochondria. However these mitochondria are very vulnerable to damage from harsh and stressful environments inside the cell.
Magnesium plays several key roles in relieving such stressful cellular environments and thus preventing damage to your energy factories. One of the primary stressful factors that magnesium helps mitigate – which otherwise is very damaging to your mitochondria and energy levels – is calcification:
Most of your calcium is needed in your bones where it serves as a hardening agent. Second, it’s needed in your blood where it serves as an electrolyte. Third, it’s needed in your muscles where it helps them contract.
Very little calcium is needed in your cells, and too much can cause them and the body parts they’re a part of, to harden, calcify and slowly deteriorate. This is because calcium has very powerful hardening effects. In fact, calcium is so powerful that its hardening effects are comparable to drying concrete. When excess calcium builds up in your cells, the most vulnerable parts of the cell that suffer damage, are the mitochondria.
Magnesium is nature’s calcium antagonist. One of its primary roles is to keep excess calcium out of the cells of your organs, thus preventing calcification and damage to vulnerable cellular parts like your mitochondria. In fact, one landmark scientific study in the scientific literature is actually titled: Magnesium: Nature’s Physciologic Calcium Blocker. You can learn more about this in iMag Library’s Heart Health Section.
Magnesium Protects Mitcohondria From Inflammation
Another common source of stress and damage to cells and their mitochondria is inflammation. Inflammation is very common because our modern world presents such a wide variety of environmental stressors that bring about inflammation in the human body.
In fact in the scientific world, inflammation is linked to the root of most major diseases including heart disease, cancers, neurodegenerative/mental diseases and of course metabolic diseases such as diabetes. To further connect these dots, diabetes and cancer both share one very critical factor in common:
In both diseases, the victim’s mitochondria are functioning very poorly, and their energy production is far lower than the average person’s. Furthermore, magnesium deficiency is very often found in cancer patients and diabetics.
It’s no surprise then that aside from its roles in human energy production/metabolism, magnesium also has very powerful anti-inflammatory effects.
Studies show magnesium intake is inversely correlated with poor energy production and inflammation:
- Low dietary magnesium intake is linked to diabetes and inflammation
- Magnesium supplementation is shown to reduce E-selectin: an inflammatory molecule in the human body
- Magnesium supplementation is shown to reduce C-reactive protein: the most powerful molecule that indicates inflammation in the body
- Magnesium supplementation prevents inflammatory cell death
Magnesium is the single most anti-inflammatory mineral available to the human body. This greatly contributes to its protective effects of your mitochondria and thus your overall energy levels.
Conclusion: Reduce Stress, Calcification & Inflammation for More Energy
If you want better energy levels, you need to make sure your mitochondria are working optimally. This means having healthy magnesium levels, and limiting the kinds of stimuli in your life that increase calcification and inflammation. Here are a few powerful measures you can take:
- Supplement with a natural, safe and bioavailable magnesium product.
- Stop or limit calcium supplementation (modern diet is already heavily fortified with calcium).
- Avoid environmental stress – especially night time exposure to wifi, blue artificial light and chemicals in household products and synthetic foods.
- Spending time in nature is proven to reduce bodily stress and inflammation.
- Meditation and mindful breathing are powerful ways to mitigate bodily stress.
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We’ll see you in the next post where we look at how magnesium protects your mitochondria from another, even more destructive from of cellular stress.
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