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Washington DC: Magnesium levels may have an effect on vitamin D metabolism, says a new study. Researchers at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine found that vitamin D can not be metabolized without sufficient magnesium levels. The study is published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
"People take vitamin D supplements but do not realize how it is metabolized. Without magnesium, vitamin D is not very useful or safe," said Razzaque, a researcher. Researchers have explained that the consumption of vitamin D supplements can increase a person's calcium and phosphate levels even if they lack vitamin D deficiency. People may suffer from vascular calcification if their magnesium levels are not high enough to prevent the complication.
Patients with the right amount of magnesium levels require less vitamin D supplements to achieve adequate vitamin D levels. Magnesium also reduces osteoporosis, which helps reduce the risk of bone fractures attributable to low levels of vitamin D.
Deficiency in any of these nutrients is reported to be associated with various disorders including skeletal deformities, cardiovascular diseases, and metabolic syndrome.
While the recommended daily quota for magnesium is 420 mg for men and 320 mg for women, the usual diet in the United States contains only about 50 percent of this amount. Almost half of the total population is estimated to be consumed by a magnesium deficiency.
Researchers have stated that magnesium consumption from natural foods has declined in recent decades due to industrialized agriculture and changes in dietary habits. Magnesium status is low in populations consuming processed foods high in refined grains, fat, phosphate and sugar.
"By consuming an optimal amount of magnesium, you can reduce the risk of vitamin D deficiency and reduce dependence on vitamin D supplements," noted Razzaque. Magnesium is the fourth richest mineral in the human body after calcium, potassium and sodium.