Magnesium levels might affect metabolism of Vitamin D: suggests latest study

Magnesium is one of the most essential micronutrients in the human diet. The intake of magnesium affects the uptake and maintenance of Vitamin D in the body, as according to a recent study. If the diet does not contain sufficient levels of magnesium, then the uptake of Vitamin D is severely reduced. Vitamin D cannot undergo metabolism without magnesium said the researchers at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. They have published there scientific finding with all necessary evidence in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.

This new finding has correlated to the population which takes Vitamin D supplements yet do not show any sign of physiological improvement. In fact, taking in Vitamin D supplements without proper magnesium dosage is not safe or any useful, mentioned Razzaque, a researcher. The dose-dependent intake of Vitamin D can although increase the Calcium levels or Phosphate level in the blood, but its own concentration remains low. The assimilation requires magnesium. The increased levels of calcium due to Vitamin D can even increase the calcification in the blood vessels that may lead to the blockage of the arteries and subsequently cardio-vascular problems on prolonged use.

On the other hand, the people who take an appropriate amount of magnesium along with Vitamin D supplements have shown a better improvement in their conditions. This makes sure the balanced state of calcium and phosphorous is achieved and decreases the chances of osteoporosis, fractures, weak an flexible bones, symptoms that appear as a result of Vitamin D deficiency.

The daily dose of Magnesium should be 420 mg for males while it should be 320 mg for females. The standard diet of the USA citizens is only 50 percent of the minimal concentration of magnesium that must be present in the food. Therefore, most of the people show magnesium deficiency along with symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency.

The magnesium consumption in the diet has decreased by several folds due to the modern lifestyle food habits and industrial agriculture. These levels are even low in the population who rely upon high grain, fats, carbohydrates, and phosphate diet. The researchers have reported all of these in the journal.

The improvement in the food habits and increasing uptake of magnesium levels as per prescribed by the clinician will not only help in the assimilation of Vitamin D but also reduce the dependency on the micronutrient, thus balancing all the problems, said Razzaque.

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