Exciting news from Vanderbilt University that gives more evidence that Magnesium is so vital that supplementation is a smart thing to do. We already know that Magnesium does so many great things for us including brain functioning, helping us sleep, helping cramps, keeping us more regular and aiding in proper calcium absorption. Yet estimates of up to 80% of us do not even get the recommended daily allowance of Magnesium. Now a study from Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center has cast light on the fact that low Magnesium levels can slam Vitamin D absorption.
So if you raise Magnesium levels might you overdose if you are taking supplemental Vitamin D? Apparently the role of Magnesium is to regulate, not just increase Vitamin D levels. This study is the first to indicate that Magnesium optimizes Vitamin D levels. Eating foods rich in Magnesium and supplementing to boost our levels of these important nutrients is smart. It is logical.
After all, if 80% of us are deficient in Magnesium. It is responsible for over 300 biochemical reactions in the body. Can we afford to be deficient when it helps our hearts to beat? The article I read gives the usual disclaimer that it is best to get the Magnesium from food. Well, that is obviously not working or there would not be an 80% deficiency rate. I believe we should supplement at least to the 33% to 50% level of the RDA. This Vitamin D news is just one of many reasons to do it, although an extremely important one.