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The forgotten mineral

How Magnesium Deficiency is Affecting Your Life

Magnesium is the most important mineral that your body needs. It helps regulate calcium, potassium, and sodium. It is needed in over 300 chemical functions in the body. Your most powerful antioxidant, glutathione, needs magnesium as well.

Causes of Magnesium Deficiency

People just do not eat a diet full of foods like spinach, broccoli, and kale these days. Even if you did the soil that the food is grown in has been stripped of any magnesium. It is believed that only 7% of the land in the U.S. is actually fertile enough to grow crops in.

People do not have a properly functioning digestive system to absorb magnesium and other nutrients. Leaky gut, IBS, and other inflammatory conditions affect millions of people. Also as we age our absorption ability decreases. Medications also damage the lining of the small intestine making it even harder to absorb magnesium.

80% of People Have Magnesium Deficiency

Symptoms range from leg cramps, restless leg syndrome, insomnia, anxiety, depression, fibromyalgia, muscle aches and pain, high blood pressure, Type II Diabetes, fatigue, Migraine Headaches, and osteoporosis.

How Much Should I take?
Most people should be taking 400-600 mg of magnesium per day. The most common side effect if you take too much is diarrhea which can be solved by just reducing the amount.

People with GI complaints may want to start on the low end and build up over the course of a month. Also Type II diabetics need to make sure their insulin levels are under control so they can better absorb the magnesium. As I mentioned before the older we get the harder it is to absorb our nutrients so choosing a type of magnesium that is more bioavailable is key for this population.

Which Type of Magnesium is Best?
In an earlier post I discuss the reason you need to buy from a company that you trust and from someone who has the knowledge and training in nutrition. When it comes to magnesium the type is very important. I recommend Magnesium Glycinate, it is ideal for those people who are deficient in this mineral. Other forms are Magnesium Citrate which is used more for constipation. Stay away from and OXIDE form of magnesium as it is not absorbed by the body.

Dr. Brian

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  1. Shelly says
    Mar 17, 2015 at 11:26 PM

    Thank you for sharing this information. i knew far less about Magnesium than I realized!

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