What’s The #1 Mineral Americans Are Deficient In?

The number 1 mineral Americans are deficient in is magnesium. A USDA study found that 75% of Americans do not get an adequate supply of magnesium in their diet. This is probably due to the absence of magnesium in many processed foods, the depletion of magnesium from agricultural soils, and the amount of stress we are under.

Dr. James LaValle, a nationally recognized clinical pharmacist, author, board certified clinical nutritionist, explains the importance of magnesium in his book, Cracking The Metabolic Code:

Magnesium helps with many conditions from palpitations, arrhythmia, leg cramps and fatigue, and restless leg syndrome, insomnia, nervousness, anxiety, endurance, and stamina.

Magnesium is involved in the interaction of more than 300 enzymes in the body making it a necessary nutrient for the transmission of nerve impulses, temperature regulation, detoxification, and energy production (ATP formation). As a key player in calcium metabolism, magnesium is also important for the health and development of bones and teeth. It helps maintain the integrity of bones and helps bind calcium to tooth enamel, thus creating a barrio to tooth decay. Magnesium plays a vital role in helping the body maintain a health cardiovascular system.

The body needs magnesium to metabolize carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. As part of magnesium's role in the activity of enzymes, it is involved in the transmission of nerve impulses and muscle contractions. Magnesium also plays a role in the processing of lactic acid. A buildup of lactic acid can interfere with the biochemical reactions needed for muscle contraction. If you have sore muscles longer than expected from exercise or have muscle tension for any other reason, such as stress or fibromyalgia, you will benefit from taking magnesium malate.

Where can I find good sources of Magnesium?

Good food sources of magnesium include dark-green leafy vegetables, legumes, and nuts. However, Scientific American writes about our soil content. “Donald Davis and his team of researchers from the University of Texas (UT) at Austin’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry was published in December 2004 in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition. They studied U.S. Department of Agriculture nutritional data from both 1950 and 1999 for 43 different vegetables and fruits, finding “reliable declines” in the amount of protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron, riboflavin (vitamin B2) and vitamin C over the past half century. There have likely been declines in other nutrients, too, he said, such as magnesium, zinc and vitamins B-6 and E, but they were not studied in 1950 and more research is needed to find out how much less we are getting of these key vitamins and minerals.”

Dr. Leopold D. Galland, MD, explains how stress can affect your magnesium levels. “Most people, when exposed to the stress of continuous loud noise, become irritable, easily fatigued, and lose concentration. Your blood pressure may increase as the level of adrenaline (a stress hormone) increases in the blood. Under conditions of mental or physical stress, magnesium is released from your blood cells and goes into the blood plasma. From there, it's excreted into the urine. Chronic stress depletes your body of magnesium, leading to magnesium deficiency symptoms. The greater your level of stress, the greater the loss of magnesium. a person is getting enough magnesium in their diet, if they are under a lot of stress, stress hormones will increase urinary excretion of magnesium as well.”

Magnesium depletion isn’t just with adults. It affects children as well. Dr. Galland explains, “Hyperactive children become magnesium deficient for two reasons. First, like most American children, they consume far too little magnesium in the food they eat. Second, the high adrenaline levels associated with hyperactivity cause them to excrete excessive amounts of magnesium in the urine, causing magnesium deficiency by depletion. Observational studies in Germany and in France reveal a high frequency of symptomatic magnesium deficiency in hyperactive children, especially those with headaches or abdominal pain.”

What do you need to remember?

Americans, both adults and children, are deficient in magnesium because of diet, soil quality, and stress levels. Magnesium plays a vital role in the body's daily function for maintaining health. If you are depleted, there are some serious health and performance consequences.

What are you to do?

Magnesium plays an important role involved with the interaction of more than 300 enzymes. As part of magnesium's role in the activity of enzymes, it is involved in the transmission of nerve impulses and muscle contractions. The body needs magnesium to metabolize carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. Understand that 75% of Americans are deficient in the mineral magnesium. Eating quality dark-green leafy vegetables, legumes, and nuts are good natural sources of magnesium. While I encourage everyone to eat quality vegetables daily, due to the depletion of our soil over the last 50 years, a magnesium supplement may be needed to ensure you are at adequate levels.

How much to take?

Recommended dose: 500-1,000 magnesium asparate, magnesium citrate, magnesium glycinate, and magnesium malate. A loose stool is a sign that you are taking too much magnesium. Build up your tolerance to 500-1,000 a day gradually. For muscle tension, take 1 or 2 600mg capsules twice a day. (Excerpts from Cracking The Metabolic Code by James LaValle)

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