Magnesium Cure Liver Disease ?
MAGNESIUM CUTS YOUR RISK OF DYING FROM LIVER DISEASE
Magnesium deficiency is common in most parts of the world. People with liver disease are more likely to be magnesium deficient. Not getting enough magnesium increases the severity of all liver diseases, including fatty liver, cirrhosis, viral hepatitis and alcohol induced liver disease. If you’re concerned about your liver, it’s critical to get optimal levels of magnesium.
A lot of people with liver disease are actually magnesium deficient. This can make the condition become worse. According to a 2019 report, every 100 milligram increase in magnesium intake results in a 49 percent decrease in the mortality (risk of dying) from all liver diseases.
According to a 2021 study published in the Journal of Hepatology, patients that had non-alcoholic fatty liver also had high amounts of a protein called cyclin M4 (CNNM4). This protein is responsible for transporting magnesium out of the liver. This means there’s not enough magnesium in the liver, and this worsens liver disease.
According to the study’s authors: “These patients have an altered magnesium export machinery that increases the vulnerability of their liver to suffer inflammatory processes, development of fibrosis and fat deposition”. That means scar tissue (cirrhosis) can develop more rapidly in your liver if you aren’t getting sufficient magnesium.
Magnesium deficiency is common and risky for your liver
Approximately half of people in the U.S. do not get enough magnesium in their daily diets. Chronic suboptimal intake of magnesium increases the risk of a variety of health issues including migraines, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes. People who have Crohn’s disease, celiac disease, alcoholism, and type 2 diabetes are at risk fo kor having inadequate magnesium levels. These conditions either impair nutrient absorption, increase magnesium requirements of the body, or deplete mineral stores, resulting in low magnesium levels.
Older people are more likely to suffer from low magnesium levels as well because magnesium absorption decreases with age and our kidneys excrete more of the mineral as we get older. Older adults are also more likely to have medical conditions or take medications that decrease levels of this mineral. Stomach acid-blocking drugs like Nexium can result in significant magnesium deficiency.
How Magnesium Supports Detoxification
Magnesium is one of our weapons in the fight against toxins. It can help with detoxification in multiple areas.
1. MAGNESIUM SUPPORTS LIVER DETOX
Magnesium levels have been linked with liver functioning. (5) As you know, the liver is an important detoxifier, which makes keeping it healthy an even more important part of detoxification.
There are two phases in the liver detox process. In phase 1, toxins are made more toxic so that they can be unpaired from fats and flushed from the body. Magnesium helps with phase 2 of the detoxification process, where toxins are attached to other nutrients so they can be flushed from the body.
2. MAGNESIUM PROMOTES BRAIN FUNCTIONING
While there are several steps you can take to detox your brain, magnesium also supports brain functioning and prevents brain inflammation. In fact, it’s so powerful that researchers are looking at the effectiveness of using magnesium for treating depression and ADHD! (6)
Magnesium has been shown to improve brain function as well as memory. (7) It also reduces excitotoxicity by protecting neural pathways which can help prevent neural disorders, some of which can even lead to death.
3. MAGNESIUM DISPLACES HEAVY METALS
Heavy metals like lead and cadmium build up over time, and magnesium specifically has been shown to reduce these types of metals.(8) Minerals compete for receptor sites, so getting enough ‘good minerals’ can displace harmful ones.
While some heavy metals, such as iron, are needed at moderate levels, other types of metals, including lead and cadmium, are completely unnecessary for any body system and their accumulation can cause serious harm. (9)
How Much Magnesium Should You Take?
The FDA recommends a daily dose of 320 mg of magnesium for females over age 30 (360 mg for those who are pregnant), and a dose of 420 mg for males over 30. (10)
As with many types of supplements, magnesium comes in several forms. While you can get it through food, due to modern circumstances with soil quality, etc., it’s not as readily available or as easily absorbed. That’s why I always recommend magnesium supplementation. If are going to supplement go slow and start with a low dose to avoid side effects.
That said I prefer topical magnesium to avoid stomach upset and diarrhea.
ctto: Michelle Toole