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Magnesium and Calcium Part 2

author avatar Dr. Eric Berg 03/16/2024

The Dance of Minerals: Magnesium and Calcium

In the intricate ballet of minerals within our bodies, magnesium and calcium play lead roles. While calcium is celebrated for its contribution to bone health, it is also involved in cellular signaling and reproduction.

Magnesium, on the other hand, is associated with relaxation, but it also serves several other vital functions. The relationship between these two minerals is complex and delicately balanced.

When magnesium levels are low, calcium levels tend to rise, and vice versa. This dynamic can lead to imbalances that have far-reaching health implications.

The Intricate Magnesium-Calcium Balance

When magnesium levels drop, a spike in calcium occurs. This inverse relationship is essential for maintaining balance in our bodies. But when this balance is disturbed, it can lead to a magnesium deficiency, which in turn can cause a multitude of health problems.

Similarly, when magnesium levels are low, potassium levels also decrease. These two minerals work in tandem, and a deficiency in one often indicates a deficiency in the other.

This is why many dietary supplements and foods contain both magnesium and potassium—they are more effective when consumed together.

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The Consequences of Insulin Resistance

A common health issue that disrupts the magnesium-calcium balance is insulin resistance. This condition, prevalent in today's society, often leads to a deficiency in magnesium.

Consequently, calcium levels rise, and potassium levels decrease, disrupting the delicate balance of minerals in our bodies.

The Role of Calcium in Cellular Function

Calcium is not only crucial for bone health but also plays a significant role in cellular function. For instance, calcium is needed for insulin production in the pancreas. It also serves as a signaling molecule, facilitating essential communications within our bodies.

Inside our cells, the concentration of calcium is 10,000 times less than outside. This disparity allows for the transport of calcium through a voltage-gated calcium channel—a sort of gatekeeper that regulates the flow of calcium in and out of cells.

However, if too much calcium accumulates inside a cell, a condition known as intracellular hypercalcemia can develop. This condition can be dangerous and is surprisingly common.

The Dangers of Intracellular Hypercalcemia

Intracellular hypercalcemia—having too much calcium inside a cell—can lead to numerous health issues. High blood pressure, anxiety, migraines, inflammation, and even cancer can all be traced back to an excess of calcium within cells.

Interestingly, calcium channel blockers, a type of medication often prescribed for high blood pressure, work by preventing calcium buildup inside cells. This helps lower blood pressure as it prevents arteries from becoming stiff and rigid due to excess calcium.

Calcium channel blockers can also alleviate the symptoms of Raynaud's disease, a condition that affects circulation in the fingertips, especially in cold environments. By inhibiting contraction and increasing blood flow, these medications can help improve the condition.

Asthma, too, can benefit from calcium channel blockers, which relieve bronchospasms by preventing contraction in the lungs' smooth muscle.

Health Risks Associated with Calcium Imbalance

The risks associated with having too much calcium inside a cell extend well beyond high blood pressure, Raynaud's disease, and asthma. Anxiety, bipolar disorder, migraines, myofascial trigger points, inflammation, and even cancer can all be traced back to this imbalance.

Furthermore, it can lead to cellular signaling problems, which can contribute to diabetes and neurodegenerative diseases. Joint diseases are also a risk, as are a host of other health problems.

The Importance of Testing Calcium Levels

When doctors test for calcium levels, they usually only check the calcium outside the cell. However, to get a full understanding of your calcium levels and how they may be affecting your health, you need an intracellular calcium test.

This test can provide a more comprehensive picture of your calcium levels and uncover potential imbalances that could be impacting your health.

The Path to Restoring Balance

Achieving a proper balance of magnesium, calcium, and other minerals in your body is crucial for maintaining good health. In the next part of this series, we'll explore how to remove excess calcium from cells and restore this delicate balance.

So, stay tuned for the next installment, where we will discuss the steps you can take to reverse intracellular hypercalcemia and restore your body's mineral balance.

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Sources

  1. National Institutes of Health - Magnesium https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Magnesium-HealthProfessional/

  2. National Institutes of Health - Calcium https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Calcium-HealthProfessional/

  3. American Heart Association - Calcium Channel Blockers https://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/high-blood-pressure/changes-you-can-make-to-manage-high-blood-pressure/types-of-blood-pressure-medications

Next Steps

In the next part of this series, we'll delve into the steps you can take to restore your body's mineral balance and improve your health. Subscribe now to stay updated.

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