Here's what Dr. Axe says about it (check his website for more information, cautions and usage):
"The Need for Magnesium Supplements: A magnesium deficiency can cause significant symptoms. Some of the most prominent include:
hypertension and cardiovascular disease kidney and liver damage peroxynitrite damage that can lead to migraine headaches, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma or Alzheimer’s disease nutrient deficiencies, including vitamin K, vitamin B1, calcium and potassium restless leg syndrome worsened PMS symptoms behavioral disorders and mood swings insomnia and trouble sleeping osteoporosis recurrent bacterial or fungal infections due to low levels of nitric oxide or a depressed immune system tooth cavities muscle weakness and cramps impotence eclampsia and preeclampsia
Why is magnesium deficiency so common? A few factors are at play: soil depletion that lowers the amount of magnesium present in crops; digestive disorders that lead to malabsorption of magnesium and other minerals in the gut; high rates of prescription medication and antibiotic use that damages the digestive tract to the point that magnesium cannot be absorbed and properly utilized from foods.
The body loses stores of magnesium every day from normal functions, such as muscle movement, heartbeat and hormone production. Although we only need small amounts of magnesium relative to other nutrients, we must regularly replenish our stores either from foods or magnesium supplements in order to prevent deficiency symptoms.
The kidneys primarily control levels of magnesium within the body and excrete magnesium into the urine each day, which is one reason why urinary excretion is reduced when magnesium and other electrolyte statuses are low. Magnesium is actually the least abundant serum electrolyte in the body, but it’s still extremely important for your metabolism, enzyme function, energy production and for balancing nitric oxide in the body."
Of course, if possible it's always better to get your minerals through your food: Here are the top 12 foods Dr. Axe's site states are high in magnesium (percentages based on the RDA for adult women of 320 milligrams/day):
Red Reishi Mushrooms (whole and powder); Men's Balance/Support Tea; Blood Cleanser Tea blend; ELDERBERRIES are back IN STOCK: Astragalus Root; Shiitake Mushroom Powder; Cleavers; Whole Cornflowers; BBQ and Chicago Steak Seasoning Mixes (saltless...you can add some of our great specialty salts if you want to); Serendipi-Tea.
Here's a little bit from Dr. Axe about the benefits of Red Reishi Mushrooms:
Proven Reishi Mushroom Benefits:
-Helps Defend Against Tumor Growth and Cancer -Improves Liver Function and Detoxification -Promotes Heart Health and Balances Blood Pressure -Helps Balance Hormones and Fight Diabetes -Fights Allergies and Asthma -Reduces Risk for Infections and Viruses -Protects agains Inflammation -Helps with Fatigue (including chronic fatigue syndrome) + Much More
Because they work as an “immune modulator,” reishi mushrooms can help restore hormonal balance, bring the body back to homeostasis and regulate activity of the immune system, including fighting tumors and cancerous cells. Research shows that reishi mushrooms act like a normalizing substance, regulating various cellular functions and systems, including the endocrine (hormonal), immune, cardiovascular, central nervous and digestive systems.
One of the best things about using reishi mushrooms is that they’re capable of doing so much, yet compared to medications they’re non-toxic and produce hardly any side effects of all. In fact, most people notice a quick improvement in their energy levels, mental capabilities and moods while also experiencing a reduction in aches, pains, allergies, digestive issues and infections.
Here's how to use the powder as a tea: Simply add one teaspoon of Reishi mushroom powder for each cup of water. Boil the water first, then add the powder and let simmer for several minutes. It may have a strong taste, so adding lemon or ginger, or possibly honey may make it more palatable.
Red Reishi Mushroom, powder, organic
Men's Balance/Support Tea
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Why Black Seed Oil? From an article by Jane Eklund in Taste For Life Magazine: "The prophet Mohammed is said to have proclaimed that Black Seed could cure "anything but death." Mentioned in the Old Testament and found in King Tut's tomb, it is also known as Nigella Sativa and black cumin. The active ingredient that is called a "miracle herb" is thymoquinone, which has hepatoprotective (prevents damage to the liver), as well as being anti: inflammatory, oxidant, and cancer...Also shown to have therapeutic benefits for asthma, rheumatism, bronchitis, diabetes, ulcers and other gastric disorders including inflammatory bowel disease."
*May interact with other drugs, so check with your healthcare practitioner and women who are or would like to become pregnant should avoid it.
WHY USE IT and WE HAVE IT!
According to a Mercola article, here's an excerpt:
The website Natural Living Ideas gives numerous ways on how you can use castor oil, which I’ve summarized below:
Muscle pain relief. Rub it on your muscles after an intense workout to promote blood circulation and relieve soreness. Mix it with peppermint oil or Roman chamomile oil for extra healing and soothing effect.
Alleviates joint pain. The ricinoleic acid in castor oil has a decongestant effect on the lymphatic system, which is responsible for collecting waste from your tissues and carrying it to your bloodstream to be eliminated.
If the lymphatic system is not working properly, such as in people with arthritis, joint pain occurs. Massaging castor oil on the joints can help ease the congestion and jumpstart your lymphatic system.
A 2009 study published in Phytotherapy Research supports this, and reveals that castor oil helps relieve pain among patients with knee osteoarthritis.10
Helps treat fungal diseases. It’s said that castor oil is just as effective as anti-fungal drugsin treating commoninfections like ringworm, jock itch (tinea cruris) and athlete’s foot.
Simply warm the oil, apply onto the affected area before bedtime and leave it on overnight. Repeat for a week or until the infection has disappeared completely.
Promotes healthy hair growth. Massaging warm castor oil on your scalp (and even your eyebrows) maystimulate the follicles and result in extra hair growth. Do this every night, and you might see improvement in as little as two weeks. Castor oil may work on areas that have been affected by alopecia as well.
Gives your hair a richer color. Castor oil locks in the moisture in your hair, giving it a richer and thicker appearance. To get this effect, warm a tablespoon of the oil and use your fingertips to coat each strand, running your fingers through your locks to get it on as much hair as possible.
Natural mascara. Melt a tablespoon of beeswax in a double boiler, then add 2 tablespoons of charcoal or cocoa powder (depending on your hair color) and castor oil and mix until you get the desired consistency.
This homemade mascara contains no toxic chemical ingredients, unlike other conventional beauty products out there. Alternately, you can apply castor oil to your lashes every night to make them look fuller and thicker.
Skin moisturizer. Thefatty acids in castor oil can nourish and moisturize dry skin. Due to its viscous nature, it stays put and easily penetrates into your skin tissue.
Remember that a little goes a long way — simply rub a teaspoonful between your palms and apply all over your skin.
Banishes blemishes and other skin problems. Say goodbye to unsightly and embarrassing skin growths with the help of castor oil.
Because of its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, it may have some beneficial effects on skin tags, acne and warts. One study published in the Journal of International Toxicology also found that castor oil may have positive effects against occupational dermatitis.