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Are You Nutrient Deficient?

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Fully 90% of Americans are deficient in one or more key nutrients.

Unfortunately, many Americans are not even meeting the government’s (flawed) recommended daily allowances of key nutrients:

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(Chart from Precision Nutrition, based on USDA data)

One nutrient in particular to note is magnesium. Life Extension Foundation (LEF) points out in its most recent issue (December 2016) that magnesium could be the next vitamin D. It is a low-cost supplement that confers broad health benefits. Magnesium is associated with reduced risks of sudden cardiac death, stroke, type II diabetes, asthma, heart disease, hypertension, colon and pancreatic cancer, and more.

Depending on the type taken, it also helps the brain (magnesium-l-threonate is the most helpful) and bowel regularity. Ironically, magnesium oxide, the type most commonly sold, works best for regularity precisely because it is very poorly absorbed by the body and thus does not confer most of the other health benefits of this mineral! It is also important to have functioning stomach acid to absorb and utilize any mineral. Those on acid blockers are unlikely to be able to do so.

LEF also points out that food sources for magnesium can be unreliable. This is because plants take magnesium from the soil, and there can either be not enough magnesium or too much of something else, like potassium, that crowds out a plant’s absorption of magnesium. Studies show that the magnesium content of food has declined precipitously from pre-1950s levels.

The bottom line: to get enough of this vital nutrient, we probably need to supplement with it.

It’s ironic that the above chart data comes from the US Department of Agriculture. Meanwhile, the FDA continues its war against supplements, presumably intended to protect the drug companies that fund the agency.

 

Other articles in this week’s Pulse of Natural Health:

Fascist Medicine from California

More Lawlessness from Washington

Can’t Get (or Afford) a Zika Virus Test?

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  • Snowcat007

    Magnesium chloride flakes used daily in a 30 minute warm foot soak is one of the best ways bring your magnesium levels up. The foot has the largest pores on the body and by soaking your feet you get the magnesium into the body bypassing the stomach.
    I also use the magnesium oil spray on my arms, legs and stomach after bathing to up my levels even further.
    I like ending my day with the foot soak which brings me a deep restful sleep.
    Try it your body will thank you!

  • mikel

    Good advice SnowCat007! I also use the spray daily and receive all the benefits stated above. Going to have to try the foot soak sounds like a nice way to enhance my sleep.

  • David clark

    If you run out of Mg chloride, epsom salts, Mg sulphate in a bath is also very relaxing. They say it is not quite as good as Mg chloride, but good in a pinch. I have recommended Mg oil to many people who have had wonderful results. My mom canceled a shoulder surgery after I gave her some and her pains, etc. reduced more than 75%. Good stuff.

  • StephenX

    Magnesium chloride dissolved in water until a saturated solution is achieved is called magnesium oil. I put it in a spray bottle. A squirt or two will make a cramp go away in seconds. I wonder how many people are deficient in vitamins D3 and K2; neither was mentioned in the article. Low D3 is particularly dangerous. If you put epsom salt in the hole when you plant your tomato plants you can avoid tomato end rot.