Magnesium helps to protect the brain in several ways. It keeps excess calcium out of the cells. When magnesium levels are low, calcium will rush in and can cause cell death. When blood sugar and magnesium levels are low, excitotoxins like glutamate (found in MSG) and aspartic acid (found in the synthetic sugar substitute called aspartame) can readily enter brain cells and cause cell death. Magnesium opens up blood vessels. It protects the blood vessel walls by keeping calcium in solution, which prevents it being deposited as calcified plaque within the circulatory system. The endothelial (surface) cells, with their glycoprotein antennas, create an electromagnetic force field above the sugar antennas. This force field ensures that blood is channeled with much less friction and lower blood pressure (see my book for more details).

Magnesium at a concentration 10,000 times greater than the level of calcium inside the cell, allows only a certain amount of calcium to enter to create the necessary electrical transmission, and then immediately ejects the calcium once the job is done. This process ensures that calcium does not build up inside the cell and cause hyperexcitability that disrupts normal cell function. Too much calcium can cause heart disease like angina, high blood pressure, and arrhythmia as well as asthma and headaches. Magnesium is nature’s natural calcium channel blocker.

Magnesium plays a role in reducing constricted blood vessels responsible for headaches, migraines, stroke and hearing loss. Doctors typically measure magnesium using a serum (blood) magnesium test. But serum magnesium is a highly inaccurate measurement of the body’s magnesium because only 1 percent of the body’s magnesium is in the blood. Dr. Carolyn Dean, in her book, The Magnesium Miracle, suspects that many people are incorrectly diagnosed because of this inaccurate reading. Every year, 800,000 people in the U. S. have a stroke. Nearly 200,000 have had a previous stroke. Each year, 130,000 people die from a stroke and many more are left disabled. Magnesium supplementation plays an important role in many long-term treatments for stroke.

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