In the third part of the Mitochondrial Enhancers for ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia series, we turn to magnesium – a mineral that potentially impacts an astonishing array of processes.
The Mitochondrial Enhancers for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) and Fibromyalgia Series
Ubiquitous and underrated magnesium (Mg) is a mineral that everyone with chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and/or fibromyalgia (FM) should think about. Featured in hundreds of biochemical reactions, magnesium is a muscle relaxant, blood vessel supporter, nervous system regulator, calmer, blood sugar regulator, HPA axis stabilizer, blood pressure (BP) reducer (in people with high BP) – it even has anti-inflammatory effects. Magnesium deficiencies promote the production of substance P – a nasty pro-inflammatory factor upregulated in fibromyalgia. Plus, it plays a major role in energy production.
In “Mitochondria and the Future of Medicine” Lee Know reports that our mitochondria are the main intracellular magnesium storehouses in our bodies. Not only is magnesium bound to ATP, but it helps stabilize it and helps make it usable by our bodies. Carolyn Dean MD reports that magnesium plays a role in 6 of 8 steps of the Krebs cycle that powers aerobic energy production.
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