Magnesium As A Natural Statin

After discovering the wonderful benefits of grounding last summer, I began looking deeper into the things that take us down as old folks! I began looking at all disease from a new perspective. What if?

Since 2002, I've run a blog about “heart palpitations”. I spent 7 years researching, observing the findings of clinical trials, and communicating with palpitation sufferers all over the world.

One of the peripheral aspects of my research led me recently to “Magnesium”. I picked up a copy of the second edition to Dr. Carolyn Dean's book – “The Magnesium Miracle”.

Here are some excerpts from the book. This area is of particular interest to me as I grow older, and for the community in general since the majority of folks are over 50!

A well-known magnesium expert, Mildred Seelig, M.D., just before she died in 2004, wrote a fascinating paper with Andrea Rosanoff, Ph.D., showing that magnesium acts by the same mechanisms as statin drugs to lower cholesterol.

Every metabolic activity in the body depends on enzymes. Making cholesterol, for example, requires a specific enzyme called HMG-CoA reductase. As it turns out, magnesium slows down this enzymatic reaction when cholesterol is present in sufficient quantities and speeds it up when we need more. HMG-CoA reductase is the same enzyme that statin drugs target and inhibit. The mechanisms are nearly the same; however, magnesium is the natural way that the body has evolved to control and balance cholesterol, whereas statin drugs are used to destroy the whole process.

If sufficient magnesium is present in the body, cholesterol will be limited to its necessary functions—the production of hormones and the maintenance of membranes—and will not be produced in excess. Remember, most of the cholesterol in the body is produced in the liver, so if it’s not needed, the body won’t produce it—but this mechanism depends on having sufficient magnesium.”

“It’s only in our present-day circumstances of magnesium-deficient soil, little magnesium in processed foods, and excessive intake of calcium and calcium-rich foods without supplementation of magnesium that cholesterol has become elevated in the population. If there is not enough magnesium to limit the activity of the cholesterol-converting enzyme, we are bound to make more cholesterol than is needed.

The magnesium/cholesterol story gets even better. Magnesium is responsible for several other lipid-altering functions that are not even shared by statin drugs. Magnesium is necessary for the activity of an enzyme that lowers LDL, the “bad” cholesterol; it also lowers triglycerides and raises the “good” cholesterol, HDL. Another magnesium-dependent enzyme converts omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids into prostaglandins, which are necessary for heart and overall health. Seelig and Rosanoff conclude their paper by saying that it is well accepted that magnesium is a natural calcium channel blocker, and now we know it also acts like a natural statin.”

Excerpt From: Carolyn Dean, M.D., N.D. “The Magnesium Miracle.” Apple Books.

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