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Most Americans do not get enough magnesium from their diets, a problem that causes a range of health risks, according to a 50-year veteran widely considered one of the world’s leading magnesium researchers.
“It’s startling, we’re in pretty bad shape,” says Burton M. Altura, Ph.D., a professor of physiology and pharmacology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
“We have a gigantic deficit.”
Altura has helped lead peer-reviewed research that has resulted in more than 1,000 publications in prestigious scientific and medical journals, including five articles in the journal Science. He’s also been interviewed by national and international publications, as well as radio and TV stations, and he’s helping launch a new group of scientists and physicians called the Magnesium for Health Foundation. Altura and his wife, Dr. Bella T. Altura (a research professor of physiology and pharmacology), have been named honorary co-presidents.
Altura says the lack of magnesium — which is even more severe among the elderly — could cause health issues, such as high cholesterol, atherosclerosis (where plaque builds up inside your arteries), high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes, kidney problems, inflammatory conditions and nervous disorders.
“Magnesium is like a gatekeeper and without it, you upset the energy cycle within your body,” Altura says. “We used to say magnesium regulates more than 300 enzymes in the body. We’ve realized it’s more like 600 or more.”
Among Altura’s recommendations:
Note: For human use, the Epsom Salt Council recommends only Epsom salt with the USP designation.