Magnesium Deficiency, Glyphosate, and Coronary Artery Spasm

My phone rang at 5:30 am. It was probably serious, so I took the call without hesitation.  I listened as a close family member told me of her visit to a friend’s home the night before and how the room filled with the aroma of scented candles made her sick. She experienced chest pain and had worried she might have had a mild heart attack. After getting home, she continued to worry, but the pain was better in the morning. I knew she had been careful with her diet for many years and that she exercised regularly, and so I was a little skeptical that she had suffered a heart attack. She explained that she had experiencing a subtle chest discomfort for a few weeks and that she had been burping more than usual. She thought her symptoms might to be related to eating, but she wasn’t sure. Hmmm. I thought could be cardiac… but could also be a hiatal hernia.

I told her, “I’m not sure if your symptoms are related to your heart or your stomach. But, the first thing you need to do is to go to the emergency room and have them exclude heart disease.”

An EKG taken in the ER showed an abnormal wave pattern.

Following, the medical machine went into high gear. A cardiologist quickly re-examined the EKG, checked her blood work and soon prepped her for an immediate heart catheterization. She signed all the required consent paperwork. Her cardiologist was quite confident that she had a significant blockage, one that would require a stent. In fact, he had pin pointed exactly which one of the 3 major coronary arteries were involved. 

After the procedure, he called me with surprise. Her arteries were completely clean… normal.  She had absolutely no plaque or narrowing at all. 

He gave her a diagnosis of coronary artery spasm and placed her on nitroglycerin, a common medication used for patients with this condition. Follow up tests showed no damage to the heart muscle and he concluded that she had not suffered a heart attack after all.

Problem solved?!

Not to my mind. 

Why did she have coronary artery spasm? I was concerned for her as well as for myself. I had been having similar symptoms,  increased burping and a vague discomfort in my chest, but had ignored them. Did I also have coronary artery spasm?

After her diagnosis, I discussed my symptoms with my integrative physician who intuitively suspected that I may have a magnesium deficiency. He recommended that I take a mineral supplement. It made sense. In fact, I had woken up with a “Charley Horse” a few nights earlier, a condition also associated with decreased magnesium. My discomfort subsided within a day after taking the new supplement. 

I began to wonder… how common is this? Magnesium deficiency is a recognized cause of coronary artery spasm. But, has there been any research into a possible increase in the incidence of coronary artery spasm secondary to magnesium deficiency?

Having experienced no significant change in my recent diet, I wondered if this might have something to do with glyphosate, the active ingredient in Round-up. In 2018, the prevalence of Glyphosate in the food supply became national news. 

Unfortunately for us, glyphosate is absorbed by our body after we eat food contaminated with this chemical. In fact, studies have shown that over the years, glyphosate is being found in increasing concentrations in human urine.

Glyphosate is a descaling and metal chelating agent. It kills plants by binding to essential trace metals, making them unusable.

Glyphosate is known to chelate many metals, including magnesium. So, is there a connection between glyphosate, magnesium deficiency and coronary artery spasm?

For the foreseeable future, it is unrealistic to think that any of us can truly avoid any dietary consumption of glyphosate. So what can we do to prevent this deficiency?

First and foremost,  if you are experiencing chest discomfort, get checked out by your physician. It is crucial to know if you are experiencing ischemia (diminished blood flow) to your heart resulting from plaque lining your arteries, a heart attack, coronary artery spasm, a hiatal hernia, or some other disease. In women, the signs of heart disease are often atypical and may too often be dismissed as heartburn or related to muscles and joints in the chest. If you are diagnosed with coronary artery spasm, ask your physician to check to see if your magnesium level is low.

Increase your ingestion of foods containing minerals. Bananas, avocado, chocolate and others have higher levels of magnesium. Although grains may have higher levels of magnesium, they are too often sprayed with glyphosate prior to harvest, so either eat organic grains, or take them off this list until conventional farming techniques change.

Consider a daily mineral supplement. Many companies produce supplements that will provide you with extra trace minerals that you may be losing from glyphosate inadvertently appearing in your diet. Take these supplements with a meal to try and optimize absorption.

There are many causes of coronary artery spasm, but magnesium deficiency is an easy fix. Be proactive and prevent it before it occurs.