ROSSCO: Alright, you beautiful people. You’re with your Rossco. I said at the top of the show, Dr Sandra Cabot will be with us and here she is. Good morning, Dr Sandra.
DR CABOT: Good morning, Rossco.
ROSSCO: A wonderful, beautiful day in paradise. It can’t make up its mind whether it’s going to be cloudy or sunny or rainy, but it doesn’t matter. We’ve got it.
DR CABOT: It’s lovely. But a lot of people out there are feeling stressed. Aren’t they, in the middle of this pandemic? And though it’s a beautiful day got the frustration, so I thought we’d talk about something that can help people to relax and chill out.
ROSSCO: Okey dokey!
DR CABOT: And that is a simple mineral called magnesium. I call magnesium “The Great Relaxer”. But a lot of people don’t have enough in their body and you need a lot because most of it is found in your bones. So, magnesium is what makes the bones hard. Magnesium makes us strong. It makes our bones strong, make our muscles strong. So, if you don’t have enough magnesium, we often have bone and muscle problems, right?
But we’re talking about stress. So where does magnesium come into stress? Well, magnesium is important to relax your muscles and also to relax all of the nervous tissue in your body.
DR CABOT: What do I mean by relax? Well, that means to balance it. So, magnesium has a lot to do with how the electricity flows through the muscles and along the nerves, through your brain. So it stabilizes or balances that electrical activity. And that is a very good modulating effect because that can have so many widespread benefits. For example, people who don’t sleep right, they have terrible insomnia. Or people who are always wound up and anxious. People who have panic attacks. People who have epilepsy that’s poorly controlled or unexplained can be helped with magnesium. People who have high blood pressure. That is because magnesium relaxes the muscles in the arteries. So that opens up the arteries and that drops the pressure. Helps to balance it out so you don’t get the spikes in blood pressure. So, magnesium can be taken with blood pressure medications or other drugs. It’s a very, very safe supplement because it’s just a mineral and minerals are very inert, they don’t interact.
DR CABOT: They’re very safe. Magnesium, very inert and very safe. So, you’ve got the magnesium that’s relaxing your muscles, relaxing your nerves. And by that virtue, it can control your blood pressure. Of course, you may not be able to stop taking your medication. That’s not what I’m saying. I’m just saying that it could help to make it work even better. Or in people who have only got slightly high blood pressure and the doctor doesn’t want to start them on antihypertensive medication, they could use magnesium and see how they go. Sometimes it’s dramatically effective.
The other thing that it can help with, if you’ve got muscle pain, muscle cramps, muscle tremors, muscle tightness. That could be a sign that you need more magnesium. People with Parkinson’s or early Parkinson’s, often find that it helps them a lot. People with fibromyalgia, which is where all the muscles and bones are aching, they often need to take more magnesium. And that’s understandable, isn’t it? Because that’s what I said. It makes your muscles and your bones strong. We’ve got enormous amounts of magnesium in it. But the interesting thing is, Rossco, we need it every day, even though we’re full of it. We need it because it’s used for over 300 enzyme systems in your body. And that’s what we know about, maybe even more. But our body is highly dependent on it and we need it every day. A lot of people don’t get enough. Found in green leafy veggies and meat. But some people seem to need a lot more than others and we’ll probably find a gene for that one day, will explain it. You always were magnesium dependent. I know patients who they can’t live without it. If they don’t take it, they don’t feel well, they don’t function.
So, it’s something to think about. If you’ve got the muscle problems, the nerve problems, anxiety, high blood pressure. Or if you have recurrent headaches, migraine headaches or tension headaches, by taking magnesium every day, that can often reduce the frequency and severity of the migraines.
DR CABOT: Yes. Great, isn’t it?
ROSSCO: That is sensational! Migraines are common.
DR CABOT: It sounds like, cure-it-all, warts and black toenails and stuff. But no, it doesn’t do that, but it will. It is profoundly important to human wellbeing. Profoundly important. And a mineral we need a lot of. So, sometimes I say, “Well, you need 400 milligrams a day to get a good result.” So, you have to be careful what supplement you take, because some of them will give you diarrhea. If you take a cheap one, like magnesium oxide, something like that. But if you have any questions, just go to sandracabot.com and you can send us an email – sandracabot.com.
ROSSCO: That’s the quickest and easiest way to do. Is there a minimum that we should have every day? You’re saying 400. Is that a minimum?
DR CABOT: I think some people are deficient in it because they have a genetic requirement for more. And I think as we get older, we have a requirement for more because our muscles and our bones, they deteriorate with wear and tear and age.
DR CABOT: And so, I think the dose varies a lot between individuals of the same age. But also, as we get older and also depending on what medical problems we have, it’s a very safe mineral. When you can experiment a bit, you’re not going to do yourself any harm other than you might get a bit of diarrhea, if you overdose. That’s the other thing I forgot to mention. It’s very good for constipation.
ROSSCO: There you are! There’s another plus. All right. Come and get it! Dr Santa Cabot, Wednesday Wellness. It is a magic part of everybody’s week. Thank you again.
DR CABOT: That’s a pleasure. Magnesium “The Great Relaxer”. Stay chilled everyone.