Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Sport performance and Magnesium

Lamp of Life transdermal magnesium can be applied directly to affected areas to provide faster, more effective relief from:

v    D.O.M.S
v    Spasms
v    Cramps
v    Sprains/strains
v    Sports injuries
v    Joint pain
v    Back ache

Unlike oral magnesium, it does not have to be digested first and it works exactly where you need it do. Extracted from nature and with no additives, Lamp of Life is a pure and safe way to speed up recovery and enhance athletic performance.

Between 60-65% of magnesium in the human body is found in bone. Magnesium that does not exist as part of bone, is mainly found within muscle intracellularly.

This mineral is involved in over 300 enzymatic reactions in the body including glycolysis, the krebs cycle, creatine phosphate formation, nucleic acid synthesis, amino acid activation, cardiac and smooth muscle contractability, cyclic AMP formation, and protein synthesis.

ATP Production:

ATP (adenosine triphosphate or energy) is always present as magnesium: ATP complex. Magnesium binds to phosphate groups in ATP, thus making a complex that aids in the transfer of ATP phosphate. Since working muscles generally contain more ADP (adenosine diphosphate), allowing ATP to release a phosphate group is important to exercising individuals.

Creatine Kinase:

Magnesium is also a cofactor to creatine kinase which converts creatine into creatine phosphate or phosphocreatine (which is the storage form of creatine). Magnesium may be an important mineral in helping to optimize creatine function.

In active muscle, creatine kinase also helps phosphocreatine combine with ADP to resynthesize ATP in contractile activity. This process, which involves magnesium, basically increases anaerobic endurance.

Protein synthesis:

Magnesium is necessary for the activation of amino acids and the attachment of mRNA to the ribosome. In other words, protein synthesis depends on optimal magnesium concentrations.

Blood coagulation:

In the process of blood coagulation, magnesium and calcium are actually antagonistic. Calcium basically promotes this process while magnesium inhibits it.

Na/K pump:

Magnesium is necessary for the function of the sodium/potassium pump. If a magnesium deficiency occurs, then pumping sodium out of the cell and pumping potassium into the cell may be impaired.

Cramps and spasms:

Magnesium has also been implicated in the prevention of muscle cramps and spasms. Mineral losses through sweat and urine are increased during prolonged exercise.

Magnesium loss during exercise:

Increased loss of magnesium from the body have been seen during and after exercise. Prolonged submaximal exercise is accompanied by hypomagnesaemia (low magnesium levels).


Transdermal magnesium therapy offers an exciting breakthrough in sports medicine. Coaches can now treat injuries, prevent them, and increase athletic performance all at the same time.

Magnesium Oil enhances recovery from athletic activity or injuries. It reduces pain and inflammation while propagating quicker regeneration of tissues. Topical application of magnesium chloride increases flexibility, which helps avoid injury. It also increases strength and endurance. Transdermal Magnesium Therapy is a boon for athletes, coaches and doctors who practice sports medicine.

Dr. Jeff Schutt says that hamstring injuries can be avoided through nutritional support because contraction and relaxation is dependent on adequate cellular levels of magnesium. “A shortened hamstring is a result of lack of available magnesium,” he says.

Liquid magnesium chloride can be simply sprayed and rubbed into a sore Achilles tendon to decrease swelling. And soaking the feet in a magnesium chloride footbath is the single best thing – apart from stretching – that you can do for yourself to protect from, or recover from hamstring and other injuries.

If you are like most athletes, you want to heal naturally from your injury and do so in record time without having to resort to drugs or surgery. There is no greater way to accomplish this than by employing transdermal medicine using magnesium chloride.

Magnesium provides a valuable lactic acid buffer for the lactic acid produced by strenuous exercise.  Only in the past decade has the value of magnesium been realized for its buffering capacity. Accumulation of lactic acid in the muscles can impair performance, endurance, and cause athletes to “hit the wall.” Magnesium will help prevent this.

Magnesium sports massage helps increase flexibility, increase muscle tone and therefore reduce the risk of injury. Other benefits are breakdown of scar tissue after injury, improved blood circulation and increased oxygenation to the tissues which provides general relaxation and stress reduction and improves sports performance.
Athletes recovering from injuries will find that magnesium massage speeds up their return to competition so the managers, trainers and owners of sports clubs will invest in the treatments.  A magnesium massage holds great potential to assist athletes to become better, rather than merely normal.
Where minor injuries and lesions occur, due to overexertion and/or overuse, magnesium massage can break them down quickly and effectively. Magnesium sports massage can help prevent those niggling injuries that so often get in the way of performance and achievement, whether a person is an elite athlete or a once a week jogger.
Extracted from: Sports injuries and transdermal magnesium therapy by Dr Mark Sircus'

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