Blood Serum Test Is Not An Accurate Measure of Magnesium Deficiency.
Medical Expert, Dr. Carolyn Dean, MD, ND says Magnesium levels cannot accurately be measured by testing blood (serum) magnesium status.
Los Angeles, CA, May 9, 2010 – Over 72% of Americans are magnesium deficient due to the depletion of this mineral from our soils and hence from our foods. Our modern diet of processed foods, refined sugars and simple carbohydrates are empty foods that do not give us the necessary nutrients for a healthy lifestyle.
If you think magnesium levels can be measured through a simple blood test, think again.
According to Dr. Carolyn Dean, “In spite of, or perhaps because of, all the metabolic processes that rely on magnesium (over 350 processes), less than 1 percent of our body’s total magnesium can be measured in our blood; the rest is busily occupied in the cells and tissues or holding our bones together.
“Therefore, it is virtually impossible to make an accurate assessment of the level of magnesium in various body tissue cells using a routine serum magnesium test. This test is often called a total serum magnesium test, which you might imagine relates to all the magnesium in your body—but it does not.
“Magnesium in the blood does not correlate with the amount of magnesium in other parts of your body. In fact, if you are under the stress of various ailments, your body pumps magnesium out of the cells and into the blood, giving the mistaken appearance of normality on testing in spite of bodywide depletion.
“Unfortunately, most magnesium evaluations done in hospitals and in laboratories use the antiquated serum magnesium test.”
The Recommended Daily Allowance of magnesium (which is the minimum level needed to stave off deficiency symptoms not the maximum level) varies by age and gender:
Children 1 to 3 years: 80mg, Children 4 to 8 years: 130mg,
Children 9 to 13 years: 240mg
Boys 14 to 18: 410mg, Girls 14 to 18: 360mg
Men 19 to 30: 400mg, Men 31 plus: 420mg
Women 19 to 30: 310mg, Women 31 plus: 320mg
Pregnant Women 19 to 30: 350mg,
Pregnant Women 31 plus: 360mg
A survey conducted by The Gallup Organization found that 72 percent of adult Americans fall short of the Recommended Dietary Allowance of magnesium.
Because magnesium is required for hundreds of enzymatic reactions (enzymes are protein molecules that stimulate every chemical reaction in the body), deficiency can cause a wide variety of symptoms, such as low energy, fatigue and chronic fatigue, weakness, PMS, menstrual cramps and hormonal imbalance, insomnia, osteopenia, osteoporisis, bone mineral density loss, muscle tension, spasms and cramps, cardiac arrhythmia and cardiovascular disease, headaches and migraine headaches, anxiousness, nervousness and irritability.
Dr. Dean, “The recommended daily allowance (RDA) is about 350mg per day, but most researchers say you need two and three times that amount, partly because it’s not in foods. If it is in foods, if you cook and process the foods in any way, you lose magnesium.”
Health expert, Carolyn Dean, M.D., N.D., is the Medical Director of the Nutritional Magnesium Association and the author of “The Magnesium Miracle”. Dr. Dean invites you to get more information that will help you avoid the risk factors of magnesium deficiency. Go to www.nutritionalmagnesium.org
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