Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Magnesium, Multiple Sclerosis and Health

We've been getting a lot of questions about Magnesium for people with MS.   See some great information about Magnesium below.  But first here's a recipe containing a great source of Magnesium: Kale.

Sauteed Greens and Olives

  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 2 small sliced leeks
  • 1/3 cup pitted oil-cured Moroccan black olives
  • 1 cup vegetable or chicken broth, divided
  • 3 cups packed fresh spinach
  • 3 cups packed fresh kale, ribs removed and leaves chopped
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • tbsp chopped mint for garnish
Slice onion. Trim the long, darker green leaves off the garlic stalk, and finely slice the head and light green portions of the stalk. Finely chop the pitted black olives.
Heat oil over medium heat in a large saute pan. Add onion and leeks and saute for 5 minutes. Then add olives and 1/2 cup broth, stir, cover, and sautee for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally and replacing cover. Onions should be quite tender at this point. Add greens on top of onions, add remaining broth, and cover. Sautee for about 8 minutes, stirring often, until greens are tender. Then remove cover and let cool for 3-5 more minutes, allowing some of the liquid to evaporate. Remove from heat and sprinkle with  red pepper flakes, lemon and mint for garnish. Serve warm.


"Magnesium helps to regulate the function of the nerves.

When the levels of magnesium in the body are too low, the nerves can react more erratically causing spasms, twitches or tremors, in addition to other problems like heart arrhythmia's, leg cramps, some nerve pain or even misfiring of the nerves that may cause different parts of the nervous system to sort of short-circuit and not transfer signals properly." ( )

by Dr. Carolyn Dean, mD, nD (nutritional magnesium association)

Who Needs Magnesium
To help you decide how much magnesium to take to meet your
individual needs I created the following list of factors that indicate
magnesium deficiency. Consult the list and see if you are experienc-
ing any of these symptoms. Then, take magnesium and see if your
symptoms improve. You’ll be doing a scientific study with yourself
as the only subject. Once your symptoms improve, stop taking
magnesium and see if your symptoms come back. If they do, then
you have your proof.
1. Alcohol intake—more than
seven drinks per week
2. Anger
3. Angina
4. Anxiety
5. Apathy
6. Arrhythmia of the heart
7. Asthma
8. Blood tests showing the
 a. Low calcium
 b. Low potassium
 c. Low magnesium
9. Bowel problems
 a. Undigested fat in stool
 b. Constipation
 c. Diarrhea
 d.  Alternating constipation
and diarrhea
 e. IBS
 f. Crohn’s
 g. Colitis
10. Brain trauma
11. Bronchitis, chronic
12. Caffeine—more than three
servings of coffee, tea, or
chocolate per day
13. Chronic fatigue syndrome
14. Cold extremities
15. Concentration difficulties
16. Confusion
17. Convulsions
18. Depression
19. Diabetes
 a. Type I
 b. Type II
 c. Gestational diabetes
20. Fibromyalgia
21. Food intake imbalances
 a.  Limited in green leafy
vegetables, seeds, and
fresh fruit
 b. High protein
22. Food cravings
 a. Carbohydrates
 b. Chocolate
 c. Salt
 d. Junk food
23. Gagging or choking on
24. Headaches
25. Heart disease
26. Heart—rapid rate
27. High blood pressure
28. Homocystinuria
 Homocystinuria is an inherited
disorder that affects the
metabolism of the amino acid
29. Hyperactivity
30. Hyperventilation
31. Infertility
32. Insomnia
33. Irritability
34. Kidney stones
35. Medications
 a. Digitalis
 b. Diuretics
 c. Antibiotics
 d. Steroids
 e. Oral contraceptives
 f. Indomethacin
 g. Cisplatin
 h. Amphotericin B
 i. Cholestyramine
 j. Synthetic estrogens
36. Memory impairment
37. Mercury amalgams
38. Menstrual pain and cramps
39. Migraines
40. Mineral supplements
 a.  Taking calcium without
 b.  Taking zinc without
 c.  Taking iron without
41. Mitral valve prolapse
42. Muscle cramps or spasms
43. Muscle twitching or tics
44. Muscle weakness
45. Numbness of hands or feet
46. Osteoporosis
47. Paranoia
48. Parathyroid hyperactivity
49. PMS
50. Polycystic ovarian disease
51. Pregnancy
 a. Currently pregnant
Pregnant within one
 c.  History of preeclampsia
or eclampsia
 d. Postpartum depression
 e.  Have a child with
 cerebral palsy
52. Radiation therapy, recent
53. Raynaud’s syndrome
 Raynaud’s syndrome is is
a condition in which cold
temperatures or strong
emotions cause blood vessel
spasms that block blood flow to
the fingers, toes, ears, and nose.
54. Restlessness
55. Sexual energy diminished
56. Shortness of breath
57. Smoking
58. Startled easily by noise
59. Stressful life or
60. Stroke
61. Sugar, high intake daily
62. Syndrome X
63. Thyroid hyperactivity
64. Tingling of hands or feet
65. Transplants
 a. Kidney
 b. Liver
66. Tremor of the hands
67. Water that contains the
 a. Fluoride
 b. Chlorine
 c. Calcium
68. Wheezing


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