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Vitamin D supplementation has become a buzzword these days — even in mainstream healthcare.
In fact, the benefits of adequate D3 intake have been made so clear that many doctors’ offices now routinely order blood tests to check levels, even though they still ignore most other vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
That’s because low levels of vitamin D have been shown to go hand-in-hand with diseases ranging from osteoporosis and heart disease to Alzheimer’s and even cancer.
Yet, although your doctor may order tests to see if you have enough vitamin D in your body, and even though they may even recommend you take a regular vitamin D supplement, there’s one thing you will probably never hear from your doctor…
Something that — if you’re missing it — could make the vitamin D you’re taking completely ineffective and leave you at risk for those frightening diseases.
Up to 50 percent of Americans are deficient
I’m talking about magnesium and it’s a mineral you can no longer afford to ignore.
You see, without enough magnesium, your body can’t metabolize vitamin D, instead just storing it — so you might as well not have taken it at all.
And, guess what? About 50 percent of us don’t get enough magnesium each day to make use of our vitamin D, making it a big problem.
To top it off, research has also shown that vitamin D supplements can raise the levels of calcium and phosphate in your blood.
This isn’t a problem as long as you have plenty of magnesium available to direct these two compounds to where they belong — your bones.
But, if you don’t… well, then you have issues. If that calcium and phosphate don’t make their way to your bones to do their job of strengthening them, they can end up in the walls of your blood vessels instead, making them stiff, raising your blood pressure and putting you at higher risk of a heart attack.
So, getting the proper amount of magnesium in your diet isn’t just important to help vitamin D work better and lower your risk of all of those diseases associated with low D levels, it’s also vital in keeping your heart, blood vessels and bones healthy.
How to Raise Your Magnesium Levels
How much magnesium do you need and what’s the best way to get more in your day-to-day life?
While the recommended daily allowance for magnesium is 420 mg for men and 320 mg for women, your diet likely only delivers about half of that amount.
Here’s what you should do to make up the difference:
- Eat magnesium-rich foods – Foods like legumes, pumpkin seeds, summer squash, almonds, molasses and brown rice are all good options for boosting your magnesium intake — but only if you go organic. Most conventional produce is grown in soil that is depleted in nutrients. So, skip it and choose the good stuff.
- Use a magnesium cream – Rub two teaspoonfuls of a magnesium-enriched cream into your skin each day.
- Add Epsom salts – Epsom salts added to your bath are a great way to improve your magnesium levels while grabbing some extra relaxation. Use one to two cups of salts once or twice per week.
Getting enough vitamin D is vital to protecting yourself from a host of chronic diseases. But, vitamin D alone isn’t enough. To get the most from your vitamin D and protect your heart, blood vessels and bones, be sure to boost your magnesium levels using the tips above.
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- Vitamin D deficiency: Symptoms, causes, and prevention — medicalnewstoday.com
- Vitamin D Deficiency — WebMD
- Low magnesium levels make vitamin D ineffective — American Osteopathic Association
- 10 ways to guard your magnesium — Easy Health Options