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I am not an advocate of individuals taking large amounts of supplements bur magnesium appears to be an exception.  Magnesium is an essential mineral that is involved in over 600 enzymatic reactions. It is involved in energy metabolism and protein synthesis. The soil that our produce is grown on is depleted of magnesium leading to deficiencies in the US. It is estimated that 75% of the population is deficient in magnesium. This is why magnesium supplementation is essential.

Below are symptoms of magnesium deficiency:

  • Headaches

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle tension

  • Muscle cramps

  • Constipation

  • ADHD

  • Hypertension

  • Insomnia

  • Cardiac arrhythmia

  • Numbness of arms

  • TMJ spasms

  • PMS

  • Tinnitus

  • Anxiety

  • Gastro-intestinal problems

  • Diabetes & hypoglycemia

  • Tingling of the toes and feet

Why is a magnesium deficiency so common? 

  • Stress 

  • Poor diet

  • Gastro-intestinal disorders

  • Medications  

  • Grains that are high in phytates that interfere with magnesium absorption

  • Alcohol that doubles the rate of magnesium excretion

Magnesium deficiency is associated with many chronic conditions and pathologies. The RDA for adult males is 420 mg and 320 mg for adult females. Because of the high excretion rate, more needs to be supplemented. According to the lecturer he recommends for ADULTS to take 200-300 mg of magnesium twice/day with food.

There are many types of magnesium salts that are effective as a supplement. They are all beneficial except for magnesium oxide the is too strong for the stomach to tolerate.  Obviously, younger individuals should have a lesser dosage than adults.

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