Why is Magnesium Deficiency One of the Most Common Nutrient Deficiencies in the UK?

Magnesium is an essential mineral for our health! It's required for more than 300 enzyme reactions in our bodies and having a magnesium deficiency can cause problems with your heart, brain, muscles and bones.

Yet shockingly, it's estimated that over half of the world's population is deficient in magnesium and in the UK and US this figure increases to 75%!

In this blog we will discuss why magnesium deficiency is one of the most common deficiencies in countries like the UK.

1. Less nutritious produce.

You may be getting in your daily fruits and vegetables but did you know that the minerals in fruit and vegetables have declined drastically over the past 70 years?

In fact, magnesium in carrots has dropped by 75% and for vegetables collectively, by 25%!

There's many theories as to why our fruit and vegetables are far less nutritious than they once were but many nutritionists and geologists agree that our farming methods play a significant part.

Modern chemicals and techniques effect the genetic makeup of soil and so there are less minerals available for plants to absorb.

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2. Grains and sugars have less magnesium too. 

The methods we use for harvesting and food processing have also impacted the magnesium concentration in other foods too. This is the case particularly for refined grains as the refining process alone removes 80-95% of the grain's magnesium!

During the removal of the grain's nutrient dense parts (the bran and germ) 20 other minerals and vitamins are also removed!

Refining also effects the nutrient levels in oils and sugar.

Although a tablespoon of molasses contains nearly a quarter of our daily required magnesium, molasses is removed in the refining process and so the final product has no magnesium. Refined oils also lose all of their magnesium when they are refined!

3. Water Filtration. 

That's right! Even the water we drink has already lost its natural magnesium in the filtration and cleaning processes it must undergo before we drink it.

Water softening which occurs in numerous parts of the UK also has the same effect. Interestingly, both tap and bottled water go through these processes, which after they are completed leave little to no magnesium remaining. 

Yet, they do have higher levels of fluoride and calcium which can shockingly make magnesium deficiency worse!

Water

4. Diet.

There are some diets to be aware of that can lead to a decline in magnesium levels. The Keto diet is one of these!

Although this diet is the second most popular in the UK, it's important to watch your magnesium intake. Even if you're keeping hydrated, you lose water weight whilst on this diet which means expelling crucial minerals like potassium, sodium and magnesium!

5. Medication

Many commonly used drugs including diuretics and pump inhibitors can cause magnesium loss. Magnesium and medication use the same pathways to be absorbed by the body and so there is potential for any additional substance that goes along magnesium's route to interact with the magnesium.

Particularly, if these drugs are taken for a long period of the time then the magnesium deficiency will worsen.

The elderly are more at risk to this as they are more likely to be on numerous medications for a long time and as you age your body is less efficient at absorbing vitamins and minerals.

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It's time to look at your magnesium intake. 

It's no secret now that more people than ever are not getting their recommend dietary allowance for magnesium.

Especially if you're eating supposedly nutrient dense foods that in reality have less magnesium in them than they once did.

We all know it's important to make sure you're getting enough magnesium for your health and one way you can get your daily intake easily is using our fast acting Magnesium Spray!

Magnesium Spray