Do you take daily vitamins and minerals? If so, there?s a good chance you?re still not getting enough of all the nutrients you need. At least that?s what a large study recently concluded. And my own clinical experience confirms it.
In the study, the researchers looked at the estimated average requirement (EAR) for a number of nutrients. They followed more than 4,300 adults over the age of 50 to determine the EAR. The EAR is the amount of a nutrient needed by 50% of the people in any specific group. This could include adults over 50, children, African-Americans, women, etc.
The researchers found something interesting. Less than half of the supplement users and non-users alike met the EAR for folic acid, vitamin E, and magnesium from their diets. When they added their supplements, 80% of the supplement users then met the EAR for most vitamins and minerals.
But there was one nutrient that remained deficient in almost all of the participants - magnesium. I?ve said it before and it bears repeating: Magnesium deficiency, not calcium deficiency, is at the root of many diseases.
It contributes to heart disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, migraines and other headaches, depression, memory, stroke, and obesity. And that?s to name just a few conditions. In my opinion, there?s not a more important mineral you can take than magnesium.
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Magnesium is found in whole grains, nuts, seeds, and dark green leafy vegetables. We just don?t eat enough of them. This is especially true as we get older.
So if you?re taking multivitamin/mineral supplements - even the four- or six-a-day kind, such as Vitality Plus
- you need to take additional magnesium to bowel tolerance. If it causes loose stools, try taking magnesium glycinate or amino acid chelate. They?re both better absorbed and better tolerated than other forms (such as magnesium oxide).
If you?re not taking a good multi, this study may help you understand that a healthy diet and lifestyle are no longer sufficient. We?re living in a world with more stressors than ever before. Oh, by the way, stress causes magnesium depletion.
For more information on this important mineral, go to my website and do a search for magnesium. You?ll see dozens of articles explaining why most of us need more magnesium. You?ll also find out more about the life-threatening consequences of magnesium deficiency.
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Dr. Janet Zand
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