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Wednesday, 14 March 2018
Up to date health news reports that ensuring we include all the correct vitamins and minerals in our diet is essential to a well-balanced diet and in turn, lifestyle. But what if a lack of one vitamin or mineral effects the absorption of the other? Researchers have been looking in to the effects low magnesium has on vitamin D uptake within the body. They landed on some interesting findings.
A review published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found vitamin D can't be metabolized without sufficient magnesium levels, meaning vitamin D remains stored and inactive for as many as 50 percent of people.1*
The report explains that consumption of vitamin D supplements can increase a person's calcium and phosphate levels even if they remain vitamin D deficient. The study goes on to note the problem is people may suffer from vascular calcification if their magnesium levels aren't high enough to prevent the complication.
Patients with optimum magnesium levels require less vitamin D supplementation to achieve sufficient vitamin D levels.
While the recommended daily allowance for magnesium is 420 mg for males and 320 mg for females, the standard diet in the Western world contains only about 50 percent of that amount. As much as half of the total population is estimated to be consuming a magnesium-deficient diet.*2
It is an essential mineral for more than 320 biochemical processes in the body therefore, it’s crucial we take the correct amount regularly.
According to the Harvard Medical School Journal, interestingly other factors can have an impact on vitamin D absorption. These include; the colour of the skin. Melanin is the substance in skin that makes it dark. It "competes" for UVB with the substance in the skin that kick-starts the body's vitamin D production. As a result, dark-skinned people tend to require more UVB exposure than light-skinned people to generate the same amount of vitamin D.*3
Gut health is also a contributing factor. The vitamin D that is consumed in food or as a supplement is absorbed in the part of the small intestine immediately downstream from the stomach. Stomach juices, pancreatic secretions, bile from the liver, the integrity of the wall of the intestine — they all have some influence on how much of the vitamin is absorbed. Therefore, conditions that affect the gut and digestion, like celiac disease, chronic pancreatitis, Crohn's disease, and cystic fibrosis, can reduce vitamin D absorption.*4
Sona product range covers a magnesium, calcium specific product called Cal/ Mag, along with a multi vitamin, MultiPlus which includes the recommended daily allowance to ensure the optimum balance within the body.
* 1,2, The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association
*3, 4 Harvard Medical School Journal