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Magnesium Deficiencies Are Killing Us. Here’s What To Do About It!

One of the major deficiencies in the American diet – magnesium – both directly and indirectly leads to a much lower quality of life, and even death. Fortunately, there are steps we can take to address that deficiency.

Magnesium is especially important, as it’s involved in more than 300 enzymatic processes – and, because so little magnesium is stored in the blood, doctors are rarely able to properly diagnose deficiencies.

As Dr. Norman Shealy’s, M.D., Ph.D., and an American neurosurgeon and pioneer in pain medicine, says, “Every known illness is associated with a magnesium deficiency,” and that, “magnesium is the most critical mineral required for electrical stability of every cell in the body.  A magnesium deficiency may be responsible for more diseases than any other nutrient.”

More than two-thirds of all Americans do not get the daily recommended magnesium in their diet – and nearly a fifth of Americans don’t get even half. Worse yet, most researchers suggest that the RDAs for magnesium are set too low – were they set appropriately, more than 80% of Americans would be deficient.

Magnesium is a basic element of life much like water and air.  We need a lot of magnesium, roughly 1000 mgs/day for a healthy active individual to keep up with the demands of the body. Yet most of us don’t get anywhere near that.

And this is exacerbated by our calcium to magnesium ratios. Where once humans lived on a diet that was close to 1:1 in calcium and magnesium, most present-day diets are 5:1 up to 15:1 in favor of calcium – which makes it even harder for our body to use the magnesium we do get properly.

Magnesium is also important for our body to properly detox, or for our brain to work at optimal capacity, and much, much more – check out these signs you need more magnesium.

As a result, you may be tempted to consider a supplement – but some work far better than others. For instance, most supplements are absorbed by the GI tract – at which point, not much crosses into the cells. (Up to 90% of that magnesium gets filtered out and lost, unfortunately.)

Sprays, however, have shown to be slightly more effective, and researchers suggest that magnesium citrate, lactate and chloride are most readily available forms of magnesium for the body to use.

The latest research, however, indicates that magnesium L-threonate is the best form of magnesium which you could take. Unlike other magnesium compounds, magnesium threonate is capable of passing the blood brain barrier and becoming absorbed into cells.

Before taking on a magnesium supplementation regimen, you should first consult your doctor to see if any medications may interact with magnesium. For instance, some antibiotics have compounds in which magnesium can bind with and become insoluble.

As is almost always the case, however, getting enough magnesium from your diet is still the best call. Consider these food sources rich in magnesium:

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