During the past several columns, we have discussed the greatly unappreciated role of magnesium in health with Andrea Rosanoff, Ph.D. This month, we will conclude the series in which Dr. Rosanoff has been so helpful by considering a few more special health situations and then summarizing magnesium needs, calcium–magnesium balance and briefly reviewing magnesium’s role in health.

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Let’s continue our conversation with Andrea Rosanoff, Ph.D., about the great importance of the mineral magnesium. In earlier conversations, we discussed magnesium’s role in producing energy, utilizing vitamin D, longevity and heart health. Now, let’s look at the many ways in which magnesium affects nerve and mental health.

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Let’s continue our conversation with Andrea Rosanoff, Ph.D., about the great importance of the mineral magnesium. In Part One (February 2015), we discussed the importance of magnesium for producing the energy needed for most of the body’s life processes. In Part Two (March 2015), we chatted about how magnesium is needed for the utilization of vitamin D, itself an extremely important vitamin/hormone. In Part Three (April 2015), we reviewed the possible benefits of magnesium on longevity. Now, let’s look at the many ways in which magnesium affects heart and artery health.

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This month, we continue our conversation with Andrea Rosanoff, Ph.D., about the great importance of the mineral magnesium. In Part One (February 2015), we discussed the importance of magnesium for producing the energy needed for most of the body’s life processes. In Part Two (March 2015), we chatted about how magnesium is needed for the utilization of vitamin D, itself an extremely important vitamin/hormone. This biochemical importance begs the question: Does magnesium make a measurable difference in terms of health and longevity? This month, Dr. Rosanoff discusses the role of magnesium and longevity.

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Last month, we began our discussion about magnesium being one of the most important nutrients with Andrea Rosanoff, Ph.D. We examined how magnesium is involved in nearly every chemical reaction in the body that requires energy to proceed. Paramount is magnesium’s role in activating adenosine 5’-triphosphate (ATP)—a biochemical that Dr. Rosanoff called the “Battery of Life.”

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One of the most important nutrients is the mineral magnesium. It is so basic that its importance can easily be overlooked. Yet, nearly every nutritional researcher I chat with makes a point to include magnesium in our discussions. As examples, I devoted much emphasis to magnesium in my Supernutrition Books. Stephen Sinatra, M.D., made magnesium one of his “Four Pillars.” Fred Kummerow, Ph.D., discussed magnesium in our recent interview (October and November issues). Lendon Smith, M.D., stressed magnesium for nerves.

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It is easy to be confused by common statements such as “selenium does this…” or “selenium doesn’t do this…” Such statements imply that all forms of selenium are equal. Well, they’re not. To say selenium does or does not do something is very much like saying that “supplements” do or do not do something.

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When Ken Babal and I discussed the health benefits of mushrooms and mushroom extracts in February, we mentioned active hexose correlated compound (AHCC). I was surprised to learn that not many people knew of AHCC’s well-researched health benefits so widely used in Japan. AHCC supports immune system health to protect against and overcome “germs” and tumors. So now, I have called upon AHCC expert and internationally recognized expert on integrative medicine, Fred Pescatore, M.D., M.P.H., to discuss AHCC in more detail.

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In our October column celebrating Professor Fred A. Kummerow, Ph.D.’s 100th birthday, we discussed his early nutritional scientific achievements that have resulted in the saving of many thousands of people from premature death. We also discussed the deceitful maneuvering of data that resulted in many people believing that dietary cholesterol and saturated fat were factors in heart disease.

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Joy and sorrow! First, the joy. This month, October 2014, I take great pride in having the legendary Professor Fred A. Kummerow, Ph.D., as our interviewee.

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