Another post on magnesium. Why am I hammering on this you might ask? Well, since over 80 % of the population in the U.S. is magnesium deficient, it seems to me that it is an important topic. And while I write for everyone, it just so happens that the lion's share of my readers are baby boomers who are interested in healthy aging. You cannot age healthy if you are deficient in one of the key minerals needed for good health and longevity. Many consider magnesium to be a master nutrient as it it used by the body for so many cellular processes. How many? The numbers range from 600-1000! I would say that is HUGE!
As we age, our ability to absorb magnesium actually DECREASES. It is frightening to think that we are deficient to begin with and then our absorption rate decreases. Plus, with so many taking prescription medications, that further exacerbates the absorption problem and you now have a recipe for disaster! Magnesium deficiency is one of the most overlooked health problems in the Western world today...which is why I continue to write about it.
We've discussed this before but it doesn't hurt to review. These are the most obvious signs of magnesium deficiency:
Fatigue (6 of the 8 steps of the Kreb's Cycle require magnesium)
Today doctors have become more convinced of disease rather than trained to look for nutritional deficiencies. Magnesium deficiency mimics a whole host of health issues such as atrial fibrillation, fibromyalgia, back pain, insomnia, restless leg syndrome, anxiety, Alzheimers and depression.- to name a few.
Without proper magnesium levels, our bodies cannot properly assimilate calcium. Women in Western countries have the highest rates of osteoporosis despite having the highest calcium intake in the world. Why is this? Because the proper ratio of magnesium is required in order for the calcium to be absorbed in the intestinal tract. The magnesium must be there for the calcium to do its job. Magnesium also plays a role in the uptake of potassium and the transformation of vitamin D. Taking high doses of vitamin D is worthless if the magnesium is not present to increase the vitamin D in the blood. All of this is necessary for us to have strong bones as we age!
Ignorance is not bliss where magnesium deficiency is concerned. Since mainstream medical doctors are unaware of this, it is up to us to learn so that we can help educate them. If they are unwilling to listen or learn, might I suggest you find another doctor? Last I checked, the doctors are supposed to be working for us.
Remaining ignorant where this is concerned could cost us our health. I, for one, am not willing to allow that to happen to me or those I love and care about. So yes, more about magnesium!