Most Americans don't get enough magnesium, poll shows

Most Americans don't get enough magnesium, poll shows
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Most Americans don''t get enough magnesium, poll shows

- Staff writers
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News summary:
  • Magnesium is an essential mineral of a healthy diet.
  • It may help to maintain the function of the heart, muscles and nervous system.* However, according to a recent Gallup poll, four out of five Americans (80%) are not consuming enough magnesium from diet alone.
  • That number may be even higher among those who have certain medical conditions or are taking medications known to deplete magnesium in the body.
  • Even when including vitamin and mineral supplements together with diet, only about one in three (35%) consume the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) or better of magnesium (between 310 - 420 mg/day).
  • The vast majority of respondents (86%) were not aware of the daily requirement of magnesium at all.
  • Proper magnesium levels help maintain normal heart rhythms.* It is also necessary for normal protein synthesis, carbohydrate metabolism, proper muscle function and helps to absorb calcium and potassium.* "It''s clear that most people aren''t aware of the important role that magnesium plays in the body.
  • Additionally, poorly controlled diabetes may be a risk factor for depletion of magnesium stores.
  • Not surprisingly, 86% of the survey respondents didn''t know difference between magnesium chloride and oxide.
  • The Gallup Organization conducted a telephone survey of a nationally representative sample of 1,009 American adults 18 years of age or older.
  • Office of Dietary Supplements National Institutes of Health.
  • Americans increasingly understand the necessity of supplementing their diet with both a multi-vitamin and extra amounts of certain vitamins and minerals.
  • -- 73% of respondents did not know how much magnesium they take daily -- It is very likely or somewhat likely that more than half of respondents (55%) may not be consuming enough magnesium -- Four out of five (80%) respondents are below the RDA of magnesium from food intake alone; when evaluating food intake plus supplements, more than three out of five (65%) were below the RDA.

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