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Nutritional Deficiencies and Imbalances
If your body is really low in just one mineral it can have a detrimental effect on your health. Or if you have mineral imbalances this can lead to ill health.For example if you are really low in magnesium this can inhibit your calcium absorption. So taking a large dose of calcium on its own is not usually the best recommendation.
According to Dr. Carolyn Dean, MD, ND, magnesium expert and medical director of the nonprofit Nutritional Magnesium Association, approximately 30 to 40 years ago doctors began prescribing calcium on a routine basis to many men and almost all women over the age of 40 to counter the effects of bone loss due to aging. The conventional wisdom was that bone loss is due to calcium deficiency. "After 40 years, it has become clear that taking calcium alone does not stop or even slow bone loss and does not prevent osteoporosis." The new wisdom now emerging is that magnesium is actually the key to the body's proper assimilation and use of calcium as well as vitamin D. Dr. Dean says, "If we consume too much calcium without sufficient magnesium, the excess calcium is not utilized correctly and may actually become toxic, causing painful conditions such as some forms of arthritis, kidney stones, osteoporosis and calcification of the arteries leading to heart attack and cardiovascular disease. The effectiveness and benefits of calcium with respect to bone health and the prevention of osteoporosis are enormously impaired in the absence of adequate levels of magnesium in the body." Many medical doctors, research scientists and nutritionists now believe magnesium supplementation is more important than calcium in order to maintain healthy bones as well as a healthy heart. "Magnesium keeps calcium dissolved in the blood. Without the proper balance of magnesium to calcium, about a 2:1 ratio, calcium ends up depositing in kidneys and can create kidney stones, in coronary arteries where it can lead to clogged arteries, and in joint cartilage, rather than in bones where we need it most. The more calcium taken without the balancing effect of magnesium, the more symptoms of magnesium deficiency and calcium excess you are liable to experience,"
Quality of Supplements
It is like food the higher the quality of what you consume the better your health. So it is vital to have supplements that are pure, from high grade raw materials without contaminants such as herbicides, pesticides, fungicides, aflatoxins, melamine, chemical solvents, dioxins, heavy metals, and rancidity. You want those that are hypoallergenic and free from wheat, gluten, nuts, eggs, hydrogenated oil, and are non-GM, that have had 3rd party testing.
Supplements, the right ones, contribute a huge part to the healing process.
The right ones are the right ones for you now. That will change as your body changes and your health improves. I look at nutritional deficiencies and imbalances (and often test for nutrients status) Food helps with the foundational support but to change nutrient status you usually need supplements to get the results you are looking for.