Magnesium deficiency fuelling widespread disease

Magnesium deficiency may be responsible for more disease than the lack of any other nutrient, according to a top SA nutritional consultant.

Research shows that magnesium is possibly the most important nutrient, associated with thousands of chemical reactions. It helps make calcium soluble to enter bone and enables cells to repair themselves.

Deficiency may be linked to diabetes, heart disease, migraines, asthma, poor mental performance, depression, psychosis, fatigue, irritability, muscle injury and spasms, says nutritional consultant Vanessa Ascencao.

The World Health Organisation estimates that 75% of western countries may be magnesium deficient, leading to far reaching impacts on health and well-being (see here Deficiency in SA is believed to follow this global trend, adds Ascencao, who says transdermal (applied to the skin) magnesium supplementation may be a solution.

In one report, the WHO notes the average daily magnesium intake in SA is almost 40% below the RDA (see:, pg 21).

In Finland, the government instituted a campaign in 2009 to increase magnesium intake, resulting in a drop in death rates from heart-relatedconditions from number one in the world to 10th.The Magnesium Factor, a book written by two prominent US doctors, noted that magnesium may prevent, treat and reverse high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and other chronic conditions.

“Millions of South Africans suffer daily from magnesium deficiency without even knowing it,” says Ascencao, adding: “Research is increasingly showing that magnesium deficiency may be responsible for more disease than the lack of any other nutrient.”

Deficiency is largely due to poor diet and soil being farmed to the point of magnesium depletion. Deficiency also increases with age. Ascencao advises transdermal (applied to skin) as opposed to oral supplementation, particularly in the form of the highly potent magnesium chloride, as the gut absorbs only about four percent of magnesium oxide (found in most oral supplements). Supplementing orally may also lead to intestinal complaints.

Transdermal Magnesium Oil, sourced from the ancient Zechstein seabed below Europe – widely regarded as the most potent magnesium chloride — is undergoing a trial in Harrow, UK. Various other studies have proven the effectiveness of transdermal application. In one 12 week trial, 89% of subjects improved their magnesium levels by almost 60%.

Magnesium Oil ( is among the purest, naturally filtered and most soluble source available, allowing the mineral to reach body tissue through the skin, effectively and quickly. In this way, essential magnesium enters the cells immediately, replacing lost magnesium and scientifically proven to boost levels.

Magnesium Oil is available in SA at Dis-Chem.

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