Magnesium – Do I Get Enough?
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has declared magnesium to be a shortfall nutrient, meaning there is a high prevalence of inadequate dietary intake of magnesium. This is likely a result of poor eating habits that have evolved over the decades, commonly known as the Standard American Diet (SAD). Magnesium – do I get enough?
Most Americans would greatly benefit from increasing their intake of magnesium. Magnesium is found in foods such as nuts, seeds, leafy greens, peas, beans, and whole grains. Taking supplements like magnesium oxide powder is also a good way to increase this vital nutrient while not increasing caloric intake.
The body typically contains about 25 grams of magnesium. Magnesium is critical for the generation of energy and it is used to power enzymes, increase RNA/DNA synthesis during cell growth and division, and support bone/mineral homeostasis. Also important to note, magnesium has long been examined for its support of healthy cardiovascular function and the normal processing of glucose.
Those at highest risk of low magnesium levels are people who have disorders that make it hard for them to absorb nutrients, those who have chronic gastrointestinal issues, and people who drink alcohol excessively and don’t eat a balanced diet. Female athletes and people on restrictive diets are more likely to be low in this micronutrient.
Low magnesium levels may contribute to bone disease, depression, heart failure, hypertension, kidney disease, metabolic syndrome, migraines, stroke, and type 2 Diabetes.
Aging is associated with a higher risk for magnesium deficiency due to age-related dietary changes, nutrient absorption, and renal function. Adequate magnesium levels may support healthy aging not only by reducing the risk for many health issues but also by preserving chromosome function.
The next time you are in our office, let’s discuss if increasing your intake of magnesium could make a difference to your overall good health!
What makes Dr. Charlene Thorburn different from other Chiropractors? In addition to her DC degree, she is also a Registered Nurse (RN). This gives her a well-rounded medical perspective and a unique ability to diagnose, treat, and get great results for her patients.