Why Magnesium Is So Important For Your Heart
Mineral ratios on an HTMA help you understand the quality of THE minerals in the body.
Of course, we must look at the calcium/magnesium ratio which is one of the most important ratios in all of physiology.
Every time any muscle contracts (cardiac, smooth, or skeletal muscle), it results in an influx of calcium ions to cause the muscle contraction, but the other half of the equation requires magnesium to relax the muscle.
So in simple terms, think Ca contracts, and Mg relaxes.
When magnesium, the spark of life, is gone…we die, and rigor mortis sets in because Mg is no longer there to oppose calcium.
In death, the fuel oxygen is no longer available to create the energy for the production of ATP, as it comes to a grinding halt, resulting in the shut down of the ATP+Mg to pump the calcium out of the cell.
So, let it be known in all of biochemistry, that when we talk about ATP, the universal currency, we are actually talking about Mg+ATP—that's how important magnesium is!
Therefore, if the calcium ions remain in the cells, the muscles cannot relax for which this is the stiffening hardening process called rigor mortis, as the light energy molecule magnesium is no longer available which inhibits the enzyme of Ca-Mg-ATPase needed to drive the calcium out for the muscle to relax.
So as we look at the big picture on how a muscle contraction happens, we must emphasize the importance of Na/K to instigate the wave of depolarization as well as the importance of Ca/Mg to fire syncretistically.
If not, that is a cramp whether, in the calf or toes, that may also be the uterine cramps or the stomach cramps, or the incessant eye twitching or worse yet, the racing heart and worse yet, the heart attack.
The muscle contraction begins with a stimulus from the ANS that will trigger a series of nerve transmissions which is the propagation of the action potential causing an influx of NA into the cell and an efflux of K out of the cell along the nerve axis.
Please note, that this electrical nerve impulse is an amazing, insane circuitry of energy and molecules in motion, but all propagated by Na entering the cell and potassium leaving the cell, hence the importance of the Na/K ratio, or the ‘life or death ratio’.
In a muscle cell, this process of depolarization will continue until the nerve hits the terminal neuron which will cause the release of calcium which is stored in the sarcoplasmic reticulum, an organelle inside the cytosol of the cell.
The calcium channels open and release the calcium into the sarcoplasm, the cytoplasm of a muscle cell.
As the calcium ions increase in concentration in the cytosol, it will move the calcium through the calcium-gated channels into the transverse tubules in the sarcomere, which is the functional unit of a muscle cell.
As the calcium gradient builds up, it will allow the calcium to bind to a protein called troponin, which allows the binding site to be exposed so that the myosin head can power the stroke moving the actin.
Hence a muscle contraction begins.
The Ca that has been released will bind to the troponin binding site, however, for the next nerve to be transmitted, calcium needs to be removed out of the cytosol of the cell for the nerve to recover.
It takes energy to attach the calcium ion to the active binding sight to instigate a muscle contraction, but it also takes energy to remove the calcium ions.
Hence, this is why relaxation requires more ATP (more energy) than the contracting of a muscle, so keep this in mind because this is a huge concept with blood pressure.
We know that a magnesium deficiency is crippling to our energy pathways, and without energy, you can bet the house it will compromise every aspect of your health culminating in an overall breakdown of our neuroimmune endocrine functions, but simply put, it will become devasting to your health with each passing year.
The super jet fuel of life that runs all of our cellular energy is called ‘ATP’ which is synthesized in the mitochondria.
There are 22 steps involved in creating ATP from a glucose molecule and the energy created is the ‘force’ that drives the engine of life, as all life on planet earth is dependent upon ATP!
Electrons are transported down the respiratory chain to create a concentration gradient to pump the hydrogen/protons through the electron transport chain for which magnesium is the nutrient mineral all-star that dominates these cycles because 12 out of those 22 steps of creating ATP require magnesium.
Even in the last step of the electron chain where ATP is manufactured, it must be attached to a Mg2+ molecule.
Meaning, if ATP is not bound to a magnesium molecule, it is nonfunctional and will lead to cell death.
Dr. Boyd Haley, the prominent professor and chair of the chemistry department at the University of Kentucky, had some poignant words to speak on this:
"Mg2+ is critical for all of the energetics of the cells because it is absolutely required that magnesium be bound (chelated) by ATP (adenosine triphosphate), the central high energy compound of the body.
ATP without Mg2+ bound to it cannot create the energy normally used by specific enzymes of the body to make protein, DNA or RNA, or to transport sodium, potassium, or calcium in and out of cells, or to phosphorylate proteins in response to hormone signals, etc. In fact, ATP without enough Mg2+ is nonfunctional and leads to cell death."
The organ that uses most of the ATP (proportional to its size) is the heart, and we will see how magnesium corresponds to the heart as we peel the onion of orthodox medicine and ponder on why our hearts are hardening.
We may even marvel at the breathtaking sophistication in the cardiac wards of most hospitals in the western world, yet with all of the cutting edge sophisticated technologies, we are still dying of heart disease at an alarming rate.
Even worse it has been a statistical nightmare as the escalation of heart disease continues to climb the charts, but now cancer is jockeying for position to take over as the #1 killer in our western world.
What is more intriguing is how one disease (cardiovascular disease) directly goes to the heart whereas cancer spares the heart, as nobody gets heart cancer!
This gives me a metaphoric window into the essence of the plague of our age, which at the core is a heart disconnect (it is the etiology of both these diseases that sets the energetic imprint).
Even though cancer spares the heart, heart disease is undeniably centered to the heart, but the more important question is how only two diseases will kill most of the population!
That should be the red flag followed with a call for utter outrage, yet we as a population just go about our business as if we can’t see the pink mutant elephant staring us in the face.
But again, it is a deeper heart theme that must be understood on an emotional and energetic level.
So as we go on our metaphysical journey connecting the dots to our heart and its correspondence to the Sun, put your seatbelt on and allow common sense to prevail as we look at the magnesium connection to the heart and the Sun.
Since most of the western world is dying of heart disease, it would be more beneficial to ponder on why our hearts are calcifying which brings Saturn, the grim reaper, into the equation.