We all know someone who has lost a senior relative following a fall, the seemingly routine trip that resulted in the worst possible outcome. Some of us might have lost a parent to this well known, widely experienced phenomenon.
An interesting experiment: If you drop a bone that has been heavily calcified...it will shatter when it hits the floor. If you drop a bone which has more magnesium...it will bounce.
Women start to lose bone density from the age of 35 onward. This is normal and not a cause for concern. However following menopause they can also lose a further 20% of bone density and this can result in post menopausal women being prone to Osteoporosis (weakened bones) and thus easier fracturing of those bones.
Depending on which bone fractures the outcome can be very serious, (especially true of hip fractures) the immobility caused by the rest required for the fracture to heal can also compromise the persons morale, immune system and overall health and if there's a way to help protect especially elderly relatives from these dangers then it's gotta be worth introducing.
Because it's a mineral, magnesium is clearly important for bone health and density. Dense bones fracture less easily.
We have been told that Calcium is the most important mineral in bone strength.
However, Google the work of Dr. Susan E. Brown, PhD who is a New York State Certified Nutritionist, and the author of Better Bones, Better Body says...
"Overall, magnesium assures the strength and firmness of bones and makes teeth harder. Since magnesium participates in an astonishing array of biochemical reactions, it’s no surprise that it’s essential for healthy bones and teeth. Most notably, adequate magnesium is essential for absorption and metabolism of calcium." Some doctors take the anti-calcium debate even further (Try Googling 'Why I hate Calcium.)
So, you already knew probably from childhood that calcium is important to bones and teeth, (all those ads for milk etc) but now you know that magnesium is AT LEAST as critical too.
You also now know that post menopause your bone density is going to be compromised further, thus the case that you need to pay attention to and take action about your magnesium levels is an important step to avoiding the bad consequences
of magnesium deficiency.
The good news is that this positive step forward to protect your bones is easily, cheaply and effortlessly achieved and can be as easy and relaxing as taking a bath with relaxing magnesium bath flakes, or using a spray or roll-on as part of your grooming routine.
Another great way is to buy 2 x one litre magnesium bottle and carry them around with you....just kidding. Seriously though, lifting weights or a weight bearing exercise regime such as Yoga can be an integral part of preventing problems.
Regular readers will already know that taking magnesium orally is not an effective way to get the mineral into your body (95% may be lost in the gut, depending on the type) and that our modern diet does not contain enough magnesium due to modern farming methods and topsoil erosion, resulting in as many as 85% of the western population being magnesium deficient.
You should also know that the most effective method to get your magnesium to optimal levels is transdermally (via the skin). Amazing Oils Magnesium is developed for this purpose, to get the mineral into your system quickly, efficiently and effectively.