MAGNESIUM PREVENTS ALZHEIMERS
Necessary for assimilation and preventing loss of calcium and potassium, a chronic deficiency of magnesium may lead to kidney disease, kidney stones, muscle cramps, CVD, heart attack, irritability, impaired protein metabolism, premature wrinkling, osteoporosis, diabetes, CFS, PMS, hypertension, and marked depression.
Excess intake of calcium creates a ratio imbalance of ca:mg. The blood thinner, warfarin, decreases the bioavailability of magnesium which in turn, decreases the effect of the drug. This mineral has been shown to prevent clotting. In these cases or with use of laxatives and antacids, one should consult a qualified physician before supplementing.
The Rush and Rotterdam studies of Alzheimer's and antioxidant intake both found that consuming foods high in vitamins C and E is associated with lower risk of Alzheimer's Disease, however, taking isolated, fractionated vitamins was not. (De Cava, JA, Nutrition News and Views For Health Professionals, Vol. 7, No. 1, Jan./Feb. 2003)