Without adequate minerals in the body vitamins are useless. Minerals serve as cofactors which means that they help the vitamins go and do their thing in enzymatic reactions. According to this article and study only 32 % of Americans get adequate magnesium.
Magnesium is an extremely important mineral. It is an invaluable factor in nerve transmission, aids in the balance of acid and alkaline (pH), prevents calcification of soft tissue, and protects arterial walls from surges in high blood pressure. Magnesium is a major player in cardiac function, helping to maintain cardiac rhythm. In fact many fatal cardiac arrythmias are due to Mg deficiency. A Mg deficiency can also mimic diabetes.
Fortunately Mg is found in most founds, especially dairy, meat, fish, and seafood. Many other foods and herbs contain Mg. You almost can't miss getting it in your diet.
So how could so many people have a deficiency you ask? Excess alcohol, diuretic drugs, flouride and high levels of zinc and Vitamin D could deplete Mg levels. Foods high in oxalic acid also block Mg: almonds, chard, cocoa, rhubarb, spinach, and tea. These are all healthy and good foods, but if you have a Mg defiency you need to minimize these.
How would you know if you're Mg deficient? The best test is an intracellular Mg screen, also called mononuclear cell.
It's best to find a qualified nutritionist to help evaluate and guide you in this area.
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