Magnesium from the ground up

We have written numerous times on this site about worsening mineral deficiency in the modern human diet, including magnesium.

But soil scientist Paul Reed Hepperly, writing in Acres USA, describes how our magnesium and other nutrient deficiencies have come… from the ground up.



The latest USDA nutritional report (2012) found that nearly 60 percent of American males and females do not get the recommended minimum daily amount of magnesium in their diet. Why?

As Hepperly said, “our nutritional status is literally grounded in balanced nutrition from soil.”

And the majority of our food is produced by giant commercial operations geared towards size and profits rather than nutritional balance in the soil.

Unlike nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and even calcium, magnesium is seldom considered in conventional fertilization programs, Hepperly explained.  “How we farm and the status of our food system, which is soil-based, can make the difference between health and disease.

Synthetic chemical fertilization, touted over the years as a solution to our agricultural and food needs, actually has represented a dangerous double-edged sword. “When we optimize one factor in isolation we frequently cause artificial imbalance and disruption of other critical factors, creating unnecessary chronic mineral havoc,” said Hepperly.

Instead of boosting nutrients, selective synthetically enhanced chemical fertilizers have played ANTI-NUTRIENT roles by preventing a person or animal’s intake of limited nutrients from efficiently performing their natural synergistic (working together) functions, and absorbing appropriate nutrients where needed in the body.

Fortunately, many dedicated farmers, gardeners, consumers and heirloom seed-savers are working to save and restore soil and grow and eat more of the non-chemicalized kind of diet our grandparents consumed. If at all possible, support these people.

They have learned that nutrients and good health, including magnesium, come from the ground up.

Hepperly reminds us that magnesium governs over 300 biochemical reactions by playing important roles within enzymes. Researchers point to the tandem of low dietary intake and high refined sugar as the” deadly duo” driving deficiency of this critical element in humans and the plants and animals they eat.

Additional causes of rampant magnesium deficiency may include stress and pharmaceutical drugs such as hypertension drugs which lower magnesium intake dramatically.

Those who cannot depend on food containing essential nutrients and ‘magnesium from the ground up’ would be wise to seek reliable whole food supplements that supply their almost certain dietary deficiencies.

Our nutritional necessities once came from the ground up. For most of us, NO MORE. But…health freedom is still possible. Do your part!