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Take Magnesium Along With Vitamin D

By and Wednesday, 09 January 2019 11:47 AM Current | Bio | Archive

When Magneto — a Marvel Comics mutant who generates and controls magnetic fields — teamed up with the X-Men, it came as a surprise that the once-villainous character was now on the good guys’ side.

But sometimes the good guys need a hand to get their work done.

That turns out to be the case with the super-vitamin/hormone D. True, it's a defender of your immune health and neuromuscular function; it also protects bone strength, modulates cell growth, and reduces inflammation.

But according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, it can't do all that if it doesn't team up with magnesium. If your body doesn't have enough magnesium, synthesis of vitamin D gets shut down, and so does its metabolic pathway.

Many people take vitamin D supplements. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers reported an 83-fold increase in blood tests to check levels from 2000 to 2010.

But magnesium deficiency flies under the radar, even though around half of U.S. adults don't get enough to meet the daily recommended dietary allowance of 310-320 mg for women and 400-420 mg for men.

That makes a difference, and not only for powering up vitamin D. According to a study in BMC Medicine, an extra 100 mg of dietary magnesium daily could reduce your risk of stroke by 7 percent, and Type 2 diabetes by 19 percent.

So to maintain a healthful level of vitamin D, talk to your doctor about checking your magnesium level too.

And increase your consumption of magnesium-rich green leafy vegetables, fruits, nuts, and salmon.

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