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Do you suffer from soft or brittle nails?

You may be deficient in MAGNESIUM

What is Magnesium?

Magnesium functions in more than 300 enzymatic reactions. Magnesium is essential for the conversion of vitamin D to its biologically active form that then helps the body absorb and utilize of calcium. The typical Western diet is frequently very low in magnesium. Many surveys have indicated that over 80 percent of Americans get less than the Recommended Dietary Intake (RDI) of this important mineral. The highest magnesium concentration is found in the tissues that are most metabolically active including the brain, heart, liver, and kidney.

"Every 30 seconds someone will die from cardiovascular disease." Magnesium supplements can improve energy production within the heart, improve delivery of oxygen to the heart, reduce demand on the heart, inhibit the formation of blood clots, and improve heart rate. "Magnesium supplementation has been used in many of these applications for over 50 years!"

Magnesium is also effective with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. People with CFS have low red blood cell magnesium levels. A recent study in the United Kingdom conducted a double-blind experiment with CFS patients and magnesium supplements. The researchers concluded that 80% of the patients receiving magnesium reported "significantly improved energy levels, better emotional state, and less pain."

On a daily average, more than 9 million Western people are exposed to noise levels above 85 decibels, the level where the risk for permanent hearing loss increases exponentially. Since magnesium is essential in regulating cellular membrane permeability and neuromuscular excitability, researchers decided to test the hypothesis that noise-induced hearing loss and magnesium are related. The researchers were right! They discovered that magnesium supplementation is highly effective in preventing noise-induced hearing loss.

General Brittle Nails Information
Brittle nails are characterized by splitting or breaking at the nail tip. The nail can also appear as thin, shiny, dry or translucent. The nails can reveal much about a person’s general internal health, so nail abnormalities in either the fingers or toes can indicate an underlying disorder.

Possible Causes of Brittle Nails
Brittle nails are often caused by nutritional deficiencies or underlying medical conditions. 

Possible Lifestyle Changes for Brittle Nails
Eat a diet high in protein, whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, legumes, oatmeal, nuts and seeds. Drink plenty of water and fresh fruit juices. Take two tablespoons of brewer’s yeast or wheat germ oil daily. Avoid refined sugars and simple carbohydrates. Apply a mixture of equal parts honey, avocado oil, egg yolk and a pinch of salt to your nails to restore color and texture. Treat nails gently and protect them from hot water and harmful chemicals by wearing protective gloves. Do not pick or pull on the nails. Wear a protective base coat to help strengthen nails.

Magnesium plays important roles in the structure and the function of the human body. The adult human body contains about 25 grams of magnesium. Over 60% of all the magnesium in the body is found in the skeleton, about 27% is found in muscle, while 6 to 7% is found in other cells, and less than 1% is found outside of cells

Magnesium is involved in more than 300 essential metabolic reactions. The metabolism of carbohydrates and fats to produce energy requires numerous magnesium-dependent chemical reactions. Magnesium is required by the adenosine triphosphate synthesizing protein in mitochondria. ATP, the molecule that provides energy for almost all metabolic processes, exists primarily as a complex with magnesium (MgATP). Magnesium is required at a number of steps during the synthesis of nucleic acids (DNA and RNA) and proteins. A number of enzymes participating in the synthesis of carbohydrates and lipids require magnesium for their activity. Glutathione, an important antioxidant, requires magnesium for its synthesis. Magnesium plays a structural role in bone, cell membranes, and chromosomes.

Early signs of magnesium deficiency include loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and weakness. As magnesium deficiency worsens, numbness, tingling, muscle contractions and cramps, seizures, personality changes, abnormal heart rhythms, and coronary spasms can occur. Severe magnesium deficiency can result in low levels of calcium in the blood (hypocalcemia). Magnesium deficiency is also associated with low levels of potassium in the blood (hypokalemia)

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