That is right the most common mineral deficient in the U.S. diet is magnesium not calcium. Of the American population 95% are deficient in magnesium. Of all the minerals our body needs magnesium is the most important, not calcium; without enough magnesium our bodies cannot even assimilate calcium. Calcium that is not assimilated into your body can lead to arthritis, gallstones, kidney stones, artery plaque, brittle bones, and calcium spurs. All of these have been known to disappear after taking extra magnesium supplements which assists in their absorption.

Some of the conditions where magnesium may be useful in prevention are:
Premature Aging, Arthritis, Aggressive Behavior, Alcoholism, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Alzheimer’s Disease, Heart Arrhythmia, Asthma, Attention Deficit Disorder, Autism, Brain Damage, Cancer, Cerebral Palsy, Cerebrovascular, Chemical Sensitivity, Chronic Fatigue, Cluster Headaches, Cocaine-related Stroke, Constipation, Cramps, Diabetes. Fibromyalgia, Fluoride Toxicity, Head Injuries, Central Nervous System Injuries, Heart Disease, Heart Attack, Atherosclerosis, Cardiovascular Disease, HIV, AIDS, Hypertension, Kidney Stones, Magnesium Deficiency, Menopause, Migraine Headache, Mitral Valve Prolapse, Multiple Sclerosis, Nystagmus, Osteoporosis, Peripheral Vascular Disease, Pregnancy-related Problems, Eclampsia, Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS), Psychiatric Disorders, Repetitive Strain Injury, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sickle Cell Disease, SIDS, Sports-related Problems, Stress, Stuttering, Tetanus, Tinnitis, Sound Sensitivity, TMJ, Toxic Shock, Violence

Are You Being Treated for a Disease That is a Just a Magnesium Deficiency.
Magnesium deficiencies have been found to occur in around 11% of hospitalized patients; it was found that 52% of patients in coronary care units, 42% of hypokalemic patients, 65% of ICU patients, and between 25%-39% of patients with diabetes have inadequate levels of magnesium. “The higher percentage of fat and sugar in the American diet requires greater emphasis on magnesium-rich Foods”

Look For These Symptoms of a Magnesium Deficiency:
Arthritis, Insomnia, Fatigue, Body tension, Headaches, Heart-Disorders, Low Energy, High Blood Pressure, PMS, Backaches, Constipation, Kidney Stones, Osteoporosis, Irregular-Heartbeat, Anxiety, Muscle Cramps or Spasms, Irritability, Confusion, Poor digestion, Rapid heartbeat, Seizures, Can be synonymous with diabetes, Cause cardiac arrhythmia, Hypertension, Asthma, Chronic fatigue, Chronic pain syndrome, Formation of kidney stones.
Do you have trouble sleeping, do you wake up with muscle cramps and spasms, or feel to tense to sleep. Your sleep problem may be as simple as a Magnesium deficiency. Are you startled easily by noises, are you highly nervous, overly sensitive, on edge all the time, do lights seem too bright. Do you suffer from muscle spasms, muscle cramps, muscle jerks, muscle tics, eye tics, do you have hiccups? These are all caused by a deficiency of and can be solved by taking Magnesium. These are signs that your nervous system lacks Magnesium, which is essential for its proper functioning.

Do you suffer form low energy, chronic fatigue, do you become easily fatigued and weak; you may have a Magnesium deficiency. Each cell in your body uses Magnesium as a key to energy production. Magnesium can restore higher energy levels.
Yes. Excess calcium in the diet can deplete magnesium from your body. Milk is one of the worst culprits, the ratio of calcium to magnesium is eight parts calcium to one part magnesium; impossible for the body to utilize the calcium, excess calcium depletes the magnesium in the body even more.

After oxygen, water, and basic foods Magnesium may be the most important element needed by our bodies. Magnesium is responsible for activating over 300 different biochemical reactions necessary for our body to properly function.

Magnesium is more important than the following and regulates the body’s use of calcium, potassium, and sodium. When these minerals are not regulated they can cause the body many problems such as poor energy production, bone formation, muscle function, activation of B vitamins, functioning of your heart, kidneys, adrenals, brain, relaxation of muscles. All of these problems can be related to a Magnesium deficiency.

Your heart is a muscle that is constantly tensing and relaxing. All your muscles including your heart use calcium to tense up and Magnesium to relax. Without a proper balance of Magnesium your heart may suffer from an irregular beat or even go into a spasm called a heart attack. What can Magnesium do for your heart? It can lower blood pressure, stabilize irregular heart beat, enable the heart to pump a larger volume, relax constricted blood vessels, decrease the frequency of angina pains, keep blood platelets from clumping together, and increase beneficial HDL cholesterol.

Some allergies may be due to a need for magnesium for instance if you have an allergy to wheat, it may be relieved by adding more magnesium to your diet.

Do you suffer from PMS, too much calcium and not enough Magnesium can cause PMS. Without enough Magnesium, you can feel as though you are living your life with the brakes on. Add Magnesium to your diet and you will feel as though you accelerated your whole life.

Warning Note:
The majority of magnesium supplements are rock minerals and we cannot absorb minerals in that form it must be from food to be absorbed by our bodies. It is a basic law of nature that humans cannot absorb anything that has not been through a living plant first.

If your magnesium supplement says the following it is a rock mineral and you cannot absorb it.
Magnesium Carbonate A component of soil/ an antacid and laxative. Magnesium Chloride Ammonium chloride processed with HCL/ fireproofs wood; cathartic
Magnesium Citrate carbonate processed with acids/ a cathartic
Magnesium Oxide Soil often concentrated by high heat/ an antacid, cement, and laxative

To get your magnesium from a supplement it must say this on the label. Food Magnesium from Enzymatically processed plant material/ only used as Food.

Magnesium in Produce in the United States
Since the Industrial Revolution food processing has refined out a large portion of magnesium (and many other important minerals and vitamins). Eating these processed foods like sugar, flour, white rice, causes magnesium loss via urination. Drinking soft drinks that have caffeine and phosphoric acid in them and coffee increases the magnesium loss. Other factors that can deplete your body’s levels of magnesium are mental stress, high perspiration, and medical drugs of all types, diabetes, chronic pain, diuretics, and a diet to high in calcium.

Poor U.S.A. Farming Methods
Farming methods in the U.S.A. have also done little to help you obtain enough magnesium in your diet. See the chart below from the statistics of the Department of Agriculture showing the drop in minerals like magnesium from our produce due to poor farming methods from 1919 onward.

United States Department of Agriculture 1997
The dropped averages in calcium, magnesium, and iron in cabbage, lettuce, tomatoes, and spinach. Sources: Lindlah, 1914; Hamaker, 1982; and U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1963 and 1973.

Food Sources: (as I said above most of the magnesium has been stripped out of commercial produce by poor farming methods)
Apples, apricots, avocados, bananas, black-strap molasses, brewer’s yeast, brown rice, cantaloupe, dulse, figs, garlic, grapefruit, green leafy vegetables, kelp, lemons, Lima beans, millet, nuts, peaches, black-eyed peas, salmon, sesame seeds, soybeans, tofu, tortula yeast, watercress, wheat and whole grains.

Prescription for Nutritional Healing, James Balch, M.D. and Phyllis Balch, CNC, Avery Books 2000
Magnesium-Deficiency Catastrophe: , Dr. Mildred Seelig, Dr. Jean Durlach, Dr. Michael Shechter, Dr. William J. Rowe
The Truth About Vitamins in Nutritional Supplements, Doctors' Research; Robert Thiel, Ph.D., N.H.D.

Author's Bio: 

I am a cancer servivor and a doctor of naturopathic medicine. Paul Blake N.D.