Most Under Diagnosed Mineral Deficiency and the Western Diet

This may not follow some of my previous posts in support of natural products and environmental consideration but I think it’s an incredibly important study supporting the fact that WE truly are what we eat. The study (link below) states the following:

Because serum magnesium does not reflect intracellular magnesium, the latter making up more than 99% of total body magnesium, most cases of magnesium deficiency are undiagnosed. Furthermore, 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

Magnesium plays a huge role in so many of the main functions of the human body from intracellular ATP production to DNA, RNA, and protein synthesis and everything in-between.  Chronic low magnesium state has been associated with many chronic diseases including diabetes, hypertension, coronary heart disease, and osteoporosis. One big factor playing a role in this fairly common undetected deficiency… Processed Foods.

Processed foods are prevalent in Western diets due to their ease of consumption and low cost of production. “The loss of magnesium during food refining/processing is significant: white flour (−82%), polished rice (−83%), starch (−97%) and white sugar (−99%).” These are major staples in the production of so many other foods we see on grocery store shelves.

Just a simple change in diet to less processed foods can be beneficial to your magnesium health. Some foods are naturally higher in magnesium and can provide the proper amount for those who prefer to stay away from supplementation. Cricket powder being one of those foods 🙂 since it has 4 times the amount of elemental magnesium that beef provides. Some others include almonds, spinach, avocado, cashews, and best of all dark chocolate! 🙂

Personally I supplement with Magnesium L Threonate which some studies show to have a higher absorption rate than other form of magnesium. I have seen some amazing results from the use of Magnesium Glycinate. Since supplementing the extra magnesium I have noticed better sleep, more sustained physical and mental energy throughout the day, and even slight mood enhancement. That said it may not be right for all, but it is a very under diagnosed deficiency so speaking with a doctor about this and getting some proper tests done to see what your levels are would be the optimal approach to determine what the best option for you is.