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Galland L (1988): Magnesium and immune function: an overview. Magnesium 7, 290–299.
Yet another comparative research article evaluating multiple research studies reveals an association between bodily inflammation and magnesium deficiency. This research reiterates what I have presented in past columns regarding the link between magnesium deficiency that renders the body more susceptible to physiological stress, which, in turn, causes Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal (HPA) axis and sympathetic nervous system activation, which creates a complex cascade that induces defective expression of natural killer activating receptor NKG2D in NK and CD8+ T cells.
This same research goes on to conclude that: “Magnesium plays a relevant role in antiviral and anti-tumor immunity and that consistently low free magnesium levels account for impaired cytotoxicity.”https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4379450/
It bears mentioning here that athletes and the elderly are especially deficient in magnesium and vitamin D. “In fact, strong interactions between both nutrients have been demonstrated as well as their implication in the immune system mechanisms.” (McCoy & Kenney, 1996)
The research is clear: magnesium is vital in protecting your immune system from all kinds of bacterial, fungal and viral invaders—including our latest foe, the coronavirus.
But, remember, orally administered magnesium results in, at best, a 30 percent absorption rate. And taking higher doses for medicinal effect results in gastrointestinal disturbances, which defeat the entire purpose of ingesting the oral supplement.
The workaround is to protect yourself against the latest viral enemy using transdermal magnesium, which immediately enters the bloodstream and builds your internal army--the immune system.
Wishing you all the love (and health) in this world and beyond,
Dr. Jamie Turndorf