Magnesium is mostly stored in our bones, and some in our muscle. It has beneficial effects on the heart.
Potassium is essential for the proper functioning of the heart, kidneys, muscles, nerves, and digestive system.
There is an important inter-relationship between the two nutrients.
But by most standards, including the government recommended guidelines, many Americans don’t get sufficient amounts of either – which can negatively affect your health. When you consider that these nutrients are essential for the proper function of nearly every organ system of the body, you can imagine the toll it must take on your body to make do less than it needs.
Everything that’s good for you gets magnified when you include the magnesium and potassium your cells need to make use of everything else…
- Antioxidants that protect your cells…keep your mind sharp…and your memory intact…are now more effective
- Polyphenols that help keep inflammation in check and blood flowing strong…can be magnified
- Superfoods that keep your immune system strong and healthy…work better
- Minerals that strengthen bones, build muscle tone, and keep your heart naturally healthy…keep your body feeling younger and more energized
Everyone with chronic pain can safely start the Anti-inflammatory diet – no sugar, alcohol, gluten, dairy, preservatives, & chemicals. The minimum supplements I recommend you should be taking are high amounts of EPA/DHA (EPA-DHA 720, three softgels up to three times daily with food), Vitamin D3 (IsoD3 5,000 i.u. daily) and digestive enzymes (Metazyme, one tablet during each meal). Order from Metagenics 800-692-9400.
Additional Supplements for chronic pain:
Quercetin (Resveratin Plus 12 capsules daily). Order from XYMOGEN 1-800-647-6100
UltraInflamX Plus 360 medical food is a shake that contains Turmeric, Ginger, Rosemary extract, as well as other vitamins and minerals plus 15 grams of protein. Two scoops in water or juice 1 – 2 times daily. Order from Metagenics 800-692-9400
Kaprex is for joint relief and contains hops, iso-alpha acids, Olive Leaf extract and Rosemary Leaf extract. Dose is two softgels three times daily. Order from Metagenics 800-692-9400.
Chronic pain depletes serotonin, GABA and dopamine and other catecholamines (which in turn amplify pain perception); so nutrients that address serotonin (such as Tryptophan, 5HTP, and vitamin D) and dopamine and catecholamines are useful. Trancor and Symphora (4 each per day). Order from Metagenics 800-692-9400
Acute Trauma: Traumeel tablets – take 1 tablet every 15 minutes for 3 hours then cut back to 1 every hour for day 1; 1 every 2 hours on day 2 and 1 3 per day until you come in for a visit. This is easily purchased in health food stores.
Peripheral neuropathy, including diabetic neuropathy:
Take Insinase which contains Alpha Lipoic Acid 540 mg BID and Acetyl-L-Carnitine HCL 400 mg BID. Order from Metagenics 800-692-9400.
Osteoarthrits & RA:
Combinations of Magnesium, Calcium, Valerian root and Hops are essential. See my list for chronic pain and include UltraInflamX 360.
Capsaicin (Capsicum frutescens) cream:
Capsaicin is the main component in hot chili peppers (also known as cayenne). Applied to the surface of the skin, it is believed to deplete stores of a substance that contributes to inflammation and pain in arthritis. Several studies have shown that capsaicin cream provided much better pain relief than a placebo but no improvement in joint swelling, grip strength, or function for people with OA. Pain reduction generally begins 3 to 7 days after applying the capsaicin cream to the skin. Apply the cream 4 times daily.
This is another topical pain reliever used in pain management. This is especially good for sore or strained muscles; shoulderand arm pain; neck, hip, and leg pain; back pain; arthritis pain; painful joints; diabetic neuropathy; tendonitis; and bursitis. Biofreeze needs to be applied 4 times daily.
KinesioTaping procedures are an invaluable aide in everything from chronic edema (swelling) reduction to reduction of muscle tension/pain.
My two favorite modalities for chronic pain continue to be the Deep Muscle Stimulator (DMS) and warm laser.
Supplements of chromium picolinate may boost memory function in the elderly, says a new placebo-controlled, double-blind study.
Scientists from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine report that daily supplements of the compound improved learning, recall and recognition memory tasks.
Researchers stated: “Insulin resistance is implicated in the pathophysiological changes associated with Alzheimer’s disease and pharmaceutical treatments that overcome insulin resistance improve memory function in subjects with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and early Alzheimer’s disease.
Chromium supplementation improves glucose disposal in patients with insulin resistance and diabetes.” Chromium is an essential trace mineral that occurs naturally in small amounts in some foods, including brewer’s yeast, lean meat, cheese, pork kidney and whole grain breads and cereals. It is poorly absorbed by the human body but is known to play an important role in the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and proteins.”
Twenty-six older adults were recruited to participate in the study and they were randomly assigned to 1,000 micrograms of chromium picolinate per day (Chromax®, Nutrition 21) or placebo capsules for 12 weeks.
Researchers concluded: “Memory and depression were assessed prior to treatment initiation and during the final week of treatment. We also performed functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans on a subset of subjects. Although learning rate and retention were not enhanced by chromium picolinate (CrPic) supplementation, we observed reduced semantic interference on learning, recall and recognition memory tasks. In addition fMRI indicated comparatively increased activation for the CrPic subjects in right thalamic, right temporal, right posterior parietal and biofrontal regions. These findings suggest that supplementation with CrPic can enhance cognitive inhibitory control and cerebral function in older adults at risk for neurodegeneration.”
Nutritional Neuroscience 13(3):116-122, 2010
Comments: I recommend 2 shakes per day of the UltraGlycemX 360 powder or MetaGlycemX (2 tabs per day) or Chromium Picolinate (3 tabs per day) to achieve the proper dose. These are sold by Metagenics.