Magnesium deficiency is commonplace and can have quite an impact on your health.
These Magnesium stats reveal all.
Magnesium content in vegetables has declined up to 80% since 1950 and modern processing of grains for flour and pasta removes 80-90% of total magnesium. No wonder we are now being told that we have to eat 10 portions of fruit and vegetables a day to remain healthy!
The World Health Organisation states that 75% of the population do not reach the RDA for Magnesium of 300mg.
What factors affect our levels of cellular Magnesium?
- Stress and illness
- carbonated drinks – phosphates bind to Magnesium
- caffeine causes more Magnesium to be excreted through the kidneys
- refined sugar does as well
- taking Calcium supplements without Magnesium
Magnesium is in your cells and the intercellular spaces so cannot be accurately measured with blood tests.
Symptoms of Magnesium deficiency are muscular cramps, poor sleep, anxiety, times of hyperactivity, chronic pain and heart problems but you can be deficient and not have identifiable or constant symptoms.
Magnesium can be found in leafy green veg, wholegrain cereals, brown rice, nuts, pumpkin and other seeds, beans, fish and seafood, cocoa and dark chocolate.
Here is a YouTube video from David Perlmutter MD that explains just how important Magnesium is for health.