Low Magnesium Linked to Poor Vitamin D Status

Monday, December 09, 2013
By: Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist
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Researchers using data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys have found that low magnesium is linked to poor vitamin D status, and these issues are associated with risk for cardiovascular disease and early mortality.

Magnesium is important for the transport of vitamin D as well as its activation into the biologically active form. Thus a deficiency of magnesium impairs vitamin D activity.

Magnesium supplementation has previously been shown to improve rickets in patients that were not responding to vitamin D treatment, meaning that magnesium was needed for vitamin D to become useful in metabolism. 

Many Americans lack magnesium as well as vitamin D, making them two important nutrients for basic health. The need for magnesium especially rises when a person is under stress. This synergistic relationship between magnesium and vitamin D is yet another example of how nutrients work as a team to help you with your health.

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