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Research Project Takes Aim at Magnesium Deficiency

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Magnesium is required for the functioning of more than 300 enzyme systems driving a diverse array of biological reactions in your body
  • Magnesium is important for healthy mitochondrial function, energy production, heart health and cognition. It’s also important for the metabolism and activation of other nutrients, including vitamin D
  • An estimated 48% of Americans do not get sufficient magnesium from their diet. Among postmenopausal women with osteoporosis, the rate of magnesium deficiency is 84%, and up to 75% of diabetics are magnesium depleted
  • While severe deficiency can be identified through a careful analysis of physical symptoms, mild or subclinical deficiency is far more difficult to spot, so testing is advisable
  • GrassrootsHealth’s Magnesium*PLUS Focus Project aims to help identify the ideal dosage with a given compound and level, the specific health outcomes associated with magnesium deficiency and sufficiency, the dose-response relationships and much more

Many of the nutrients your body needs for optimal health must be derived from your diet, as your body cannot produce them. One crucial one that many are deficient in is magnesium. It's the fourth most common cation (positively charged ion) in your body and is required for the functioning of more than 300 enzyme systems driving a diverse array of biological reactions.

As noted in a 2018 scientific review, "because of chronic diseases, medications, decreases in food crop magnesium contents, and the availability of refined and processed foods, the vast majority of people in modern societies are at risk for magnesium deficiency."

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