What Causes Magnesium Deficiency
Modern farming techniques deplete mineral and vitamins from the soil in which your food is grown. This is especially true for fields treated with chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and insecticides.
This means that foods grown on these depleted soils do not contain a lot of magnesium.
Certain medical conditions can also make it more difficult for your body to absorb this mineral.
Risk factors for magnesium deficiency include (2):
- Kidney disease
- Crohn’s disease or other conditions that affect digestion
- Parathyroid problems
- Taking antibiotics or drugs for diabetes and cancer
- Old age
- Abusing alcohol
How To Get More Magnesium
Many people take magnesium supplements, but they don’t always take the right kind.
Small studies have found that magnesium in the aspartate, citrate, lactate, and chloride forms is absorbed more completely and is more bioavailable than magnesium oxide and magnesium sulfate (1).
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If you do choose to take magnesium supplements, speak to your doctor to make sure that you get adequate levels of calcium, and Vitamins K2 and D3 since these nutrients interact together and improve absorption.