Magnesium Vitamin Deficiency Is Common In U.S.

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Vitamin Deficiency is a common cause of illness in all segments of the world's population.  There are many types of vitamin deficiency, but the seven most common of them are  iron, iodine, vitamin D, calcium, B12, vitamin A and magnesium.  Magnesium is essential for bone and teeth structure, but it is also necessary for hundreds of enzymatic reactions within the body.

Magnesium deficiency is common in the US, often associated with, but hides behind other problems.  It can be masked by heart disease, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and osteoporosis.  It is especially common in the hospitalized, probably resulting from disease, medication, bad absorption in the digestive tract, or just low magnesium intake.

Magnesium deficiency, when severe, causes a variety of symptoms.  These symptoms can include fatigue, migraines, restless leg, muscle cramps, and abnormal heart rhythm.  Less severe deficiencies cause insulin resistance and high blood pressure.  Those are the ones that are easily masked by other problems. 

It isn't that difficult to get more magnesium into a diet plan.  Whole grains should be in there anyway, and they provide loads of magnesium, particularly the bran.  Wheat, rice, and oat bran all pack a great magnesium punch.  One cup of oats provides two thirds of the magnesium for the day.  Nuts such as almonds contain magnesium as well.  Dark chocolate and leafy green vegetables all have magnesium content.    

Balanced, whole food/real food based diets, full of fresh and unprocessed choices give people their best chances of avoiding vitamin and mineral deficiencies.  Deficiencies are such an easy list of illnesses to avoid in the first world that there is really no excuse. Good education, combined with balanced diets and supplementation should make an end of vitamin deficiencies.


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