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How Many Americans Are Magnesium Deficient?

September 2005

By William Faloon


“Magnesium deficiency appears to have caused 8 million sudden coronary deaths in America during the period 1940-1994 . . . The needless drag on the US economy from magnesium deficiency exceeds $86 billion per year . . . the American rate of death from magnesium deficiency is likely to be above the benchmark average because the American diet is particularly magnesium deficient; American beer contains only a fraction of the magnesium contained in European beers; American bottled water contains only 10% as much magnesium as bottled water in the rest of the world; and American processed foods and snack foods are magnesium-deficient because processing often removes magnesium.145

—Paul Mason

Defying the Critics

Since 1981, Life Extension has recommended high-potency magnesium supplements, because magnesium is perhaps the most deficient mineral in the American diet.

With all the research linking low magnesium intake with high cardiovascular risks, this low-cost mineral would appear to be a simple way to counter today’s heart attack and stroke epidemic. Unfortunately, magnesium is so cheap that virtually no one is promoting it as a lifesaving mineral.

In the early 1980s, the Life Extension Foundation was criticized by mainstream doctors for recommending high doses of magnesium relative to calcium. We even had our magnesium supplements seized by the FDA because we presented evidence that this mineral could help prevent heart attack.

Medical ignorance continues to be the number-one cause of death. As a Life Extension member, you are regularly informed about scientific discoveries that can enable you to avoid becoming a casualty of today’s broken health care system. Those who follow our basic supplement program obtain 325-665 mg of supplemental magnesium each day.

We commend Paul Mason for his meticulous compilation of data showing that millions of people are dying each year from the effects of magnesium deficiency. We view Paul as an unsung hero for his battle to enlighten the world about these startling statistics. Perhaps one day the medical community will listen.

For longer life,

William Faloon

Rate Your Bottled Water

The table below of America’s 10 leading bottled waters shows how many lives might be saved if these brands either switched to springs that are naturally rich in magnesium or fortified their water with magnesium.

BEVERAGE WORLD Top 10 Bottled Waters of 1999



SALES (millions)



MAGNESIUM mg/liter


if water had
90 mg/liter


Poland Spring








































Deer Park
























Hinckley Springs*












8.4 mg/L

80% US



All Brands




2.7 mg/L

Mostly US


The bottled water with the highest magnesium content (110 mg/liter) is sold under the brand name
“Noah’s Spring Water.” Unfortunately, distribution of this brand of bottled water is limited to certain parts of California.144
*Formerly known as Hinckley & Schmitt. NOTE: Sales figures preliminary. SOURCE: Beverage Marketing Corporation.


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