Can Magnesium Protect Us from Infection?

A few facts about magnesium for health

Can magnesium protect us from infection? The short answer is ‘yes’. Until now, I didn’t realise what an important role it plays in our immunity. I mean, I knew that it did but not to the extent I’ve just found out. But first, let’s remind ourselves about the role it  plays in our life.

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Magnesium is the second most-abundant cation in our cells. It takes part in over 350 life processes in our body. We need magnesium to keep muscles contracting and joints moving. Our nervous system uses it to keep sending signals from the brain to the cells and back. It keeps our blood vessels healthy and heart beating steadily. Magnesium works as a spark to produce energy in a cell. Every single process in our body relies on it. It keeps us physically and mentally healthy.

Magnesium deficiency, on the other hand, leads to all sorts of issues, such as:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Digestive problems
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Inflammations
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Weight gain
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Arthritis
  • Premature ageing
  • Loss of libido & sexual function
  • Skin problems.

How can magnesium protect us from infection?

So, does magnesium play a role in fighting germs? It appears so, and there is plenty of research to prove it. I quote an abstract from an article that summarises the research of the connection between magnesium and immunity:

“Many nutrients are known to play critical roles in immunity, including vitamin C, vitamin D, and zinc. One key nutrient that is often overlooked, however, is magnesium (Mg).

A research study published in Science has identified that Mg deficiency could impact the effectiveness of anti-viral immune defences because it is required for natural killer (NK) cell activation and CD8+ cytotoxic T (Tc) cells function.

Researchers looked at a patient subgroup with a genetic SNP that affects their ability to transport Mg effectively into cells. This patient subgroup is highly susceptible to viral infections, such as Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). They also have a predisposition to lymphoma.

Through their analyses of these patients, the scientists doing this study found that:

  • Decreased intracellular Mg causes defective expression of the natural killer activating receptor NKG2D, impairing NK cell responses against viruses.
  • Decreased intracellular Mg causes also reduces Tc activity and impairs cytolytic responses against EBV.

Remarkably, researchers showed that magnesium supplementation with a formula proven to directly improve intracellular Mg levels restored NKG2D expression and concurrently reduced EBV infection of cells in vivo.

The researchers concluded that: “…these findings reveal a specific molecular function of intracellular Mg in eukaryotic cells related to [anti-viral] immunity.” Source:

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The fastest way to boost magnesium levels without a syringe

I have long been writing about how to make magnesium work for us in the fastest and safest possible way. Add magnesium salts to baths or footbaths, apply magnesium oil on the skin, book a magnesium massage – these are some of the most effective ways to boost magnesium in our body when we are at home.

The reason these methods are so effective is due to a wonderful ability of our skin to absorb tiny particles calle ‘ions’. That includes magnesium ones. This ability is boosted by increased temperatures. So the warmer the conditions, the faster the absorption. This is due to the fact that our blood circulates much faster in warm temperatures. The skin pores expand too. This speeds up the absorption.

Far-Infrared Magnesium Wraps for better immunity

Far-infrared heat is perhaps the best way to warm up the deepest levels of the skin including the adipose tissue (fat) and body organs. This makes blood vessels expand and blood flow faster which increases the speed nutrients get to the cells. Using magnesium wraps promotes delievery of magnesium ions to where they are needed in the fastest possible way. This means that our immune system gets an instant boost from such treatments.

Of course, if you are already ill, there is no question about having any kind of treatments, including magnesium wraps. You may benefit from spraying magnesium on the body but should avoid anything that involves heat or massage. However, if you are healthy and would like to benefit from the wonderful immunity-boosting properties of magnesium and far-infrared, you should defintely consider this treatment.

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