Neurosurgeon and pain expert C. Norman Shealy, and a noted holistic medicine proponent, has said that “every known illness is associated with a magnesium deficiency,” adding that magnesium is necessary for “electrical stability of every cell in the body.”
Magnesium is involved in 700 to 800 enzyme systems body wide and necessary for proper nerve, bone, muscle and heart function, while playing an important role in energy and digestion. It also is a building block for RNA, DNA and neurotransmitters.
The World Health Organization said, “Low magnesium status has been implicated in hypertension, coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes mellitus and the metabolic syndrome,” while noting that up to 80 percent of Americans are deficient in the mineral.
Additionally, magnesium levels in food have been declining for the past 60 years because of intensive, high-yield farming practices and synthetic fertilizers that can dilute concentrations of nutrients, including magnesium, according to a study published in Nutrition and Health in 2007, as well as others.