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Magnesium deficiency – a public health crisis?

Magnesium deficiency is much more common than previously thought, and constitutes a public health crisis causing incalculable suffering, according to research published in the British Medical Association’s Open Heart journal.

Chronic disease, medication, lower nutrient levels in food crops, and the prevalence of refined and processed foods mean most people in modern society are at risk of magnesium deficiency.

Magnesium deficiency has been linked to hypertension, arrhythmias, arterial calcifications, atherosclerosis, heart failure and an increased risk for thrombosis and sudden cardiac death.

And because the magnesium measured in blood serum does not reflect the levels of the vital mineral within cells, most cases of magnesium deficiency are undiagnosed.

The researchers conclude that magnesium deficiency should be considered a principal driver of cardiovascular disease and a public health crisis.

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