23.07.19 Nik Tokovic 2 Minute Read
Many different studies have been carried out on the benefits of a diet that is rich in dietary Magnesium. Of particular interest are several large population studies carried out on "hard" water areas (hard water is water that has higher levels of naturally occurring calcium & Magnesium). These studies demonstrated that where hard water was the primary drinking source that populations seemed to enjoy in lower incidence and/or severity of a number of diseases. This was particularly the case with water rich in Magnesium.
Of statistical importance were several studies involving hundreds of thousands of people where the consumption of hard water was associated with a lower mortality rate for cardiovascular disease (CVD) (5) (7). In a May 2000 a Taiwanese case controlled study where 682 prostate cancer deaths were compared with 682 deaths from other causes. Magnesium and calcium levels in water from a number of different municipalities were investigated. The conclusion of the study showed that there may well be a significant protective effect from Magnesium intake from hard water (1).
More recently a number studies and clinical trials have been carried out on the all-important role that Magnesium plays in maintaining wellbeing and overall health. Low levels of magnesium have been associated with a number of chronic diseases including Alzheimer's disease, cerebrovascular accident (stroke), hypertension and cardiovascular disease (10). Studies have also demonstrated the role of Magnesium in the pathogenesis of migraine headache, and it has been established that more than 50% of migraine sufferers have lowered ionised Magnesium levels during an acute migraine attack. Two double blind clinical trials suggest that oral supplementation of Magnesium may reduce the frequency of such attacks (3).
Due to Magnesium’s essential role in energy metabolism there is a growing body of evidence that many metabolic disorders are associated with a low Magnesium intake. A 2011 study showed that diets with higher amounts of magnesium are associated with a significantly lower risk of developing type II diabetes (9), likely because of the important role of magnesium in glucose metabolism.
The idea that “Hard” water offered safeguards against a range of diseases including cardiovascular disease is not new and has been around for over 50 years. This idea has great support from countless studies that show a lower risk associated for populations living in "Hard" water areas versus populations lining in soft water areas. In January 2008 a World Health Organisation (WHO) delegation of experts and water industry insiders came together in Geneva Switzerland to discuss exactly this, and the possibility of member nations legislating that all city water have a viable minimum quantity of Magnesium and calcium. It would appear that water industry representatives were less concerned with the health benefits and more concerned about the cost.
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Nik Tokovic is the founder and CEO of Edge Electrolytes.