The Modern Magnesium Deficit

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How Does This Happen? #

In the information above you learned why we need magnesium in every system of the body along with the respective mechanisms of action and system interconnections. Because heart disease is the single greatest cause of death in developed countries, with the United States ranking 135 out of 192, more studies are performed on this condition than any other and is the easiest to obtain statistical data. Magnesium deficiency is common in the United States and other developed countries where epidemiological studies trace the prevalence of cardiovascular disease and cardiac death to a degree of magnesium depletion induced by a diet rich in highly processed foods and also drinking water low in magnesium, such as softened and distilled water.

Documented causes of magnesium deficiency include:

  • Reduced dietary intake
  • Poor gastrointestinal absorption
  • Increased losses from the gastrointestinal tract via diarrhea, vomiting, and prolonged laxative use
  • Increased renal losses due to congenital or acquired tubular defects, diabetes mellitus, and alcoholism
  • Drug-induced deficiency due to use of diuretics, angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, aminoglycosides, amphotericin, cyclosporine, and cisplatin
  • Increased physical requirements from bone and muscle growth and repair, and also from pregnancy
  • Excessive sweating

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