How Common Is Magnesium Deficiency?

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A medical review states that magnesium deficiency is a public health crisis with about 50% of Americans consuming less than the estimated average requirement of magnesium each day. That’s a lot of people who might be unknowingly suffering from a deficiency of this important mineral.

And if you have a blood test for low magnesium, it may not show the full picture of your magnesium status. This is because the level of magnesium in your blood does not reflect the magnesium levels in your cells and bones which makes up over 99% of total magnesium in your body.

Magnesium concentrations can also be measured by using saliva or urine samples, however none of these test methods is considered to be 100% accurate. The result of this means most cases of magnesium deficiency are going undetected.