Are You Magnesium Deficient? How to Find Out [Infographic]

How to Find Out if You Are Magnesium Deficient
Infographic from Easy-Innume-Health

Magnesium Deficiency in American Adults

According to various sources, most adult Americans (estimated at 75 - 80%) are deficient in magnesium.

The recommended daily value for magnesium is 400 mg per day.  However, adults eating the Standard American Diet (SAD) are only getting 300 mg per day or less.

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Certain individuals are thought to be particularly at risk for magnesium deficiency.  These include people with Type 2 Diabetes, Crohn's disease, Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto's, Celiac and IBS.

Also at risk are older adults, persons with a history of alcoholism, and those taking certain prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications like proton pump inhibitors.

Food Sources of Magnesium

Health experts, including physicians, nutritionists and dietitians, generally advise getting magnesium from food, whenever and to the extent possible.

Excellent food sources of magnesium include leafy greens, whole grains, nuts, beans, legumes and seeds.

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In some cases, supplementation may be recommended.  Individuals considering supplementation should do their research and consult with a qualified healthcare professional.  A health professional will often make recommendations based on the results of testing.

Testing for Magnesium Deficiency

What tests are available for detecting a magnesium deficiency and what is the best way to find out if you are deficient in magnesium?

According to this infographic, there are several lab tests available but the best way to determine whether or not you have a deficiency is to check your symptoms.  In the accompanying article  Your Magnesium Level is Virtually Worthless Information, the author of this infographic states that relying on actual signs and symptoms of deficiency is the most reliable way to detect deficiency.

However, since many of these symptoms can be indicative of other nutrient deficiencies, imbalances, acute or chronic medical issues, getting the right lab test, or set of sets, would still be recommended by health professionals.

An excellent article explaining the pros and cons of the various methods of testing, including Serum, RBD, Ionic, Exa and Loading/Tolerance tests, is:  How to Test for Magnesium Deficiency:  Top 5 Ways from My Magnesium Deficiency.


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