Magnesium: The Missing Mineral

The Overlooked Mineral That We Are Missing In Our Diet

By: Kelli Kachmar

Article Summary

Fox News released an article on April 5, 2016 by Dr. Dennis Goodman concerning American's dietary intake of magnesium. Magnesium, an essential mineral that our body needs but does not produce, seems to be a mineral that almost 80 percent of us are lacking. Dr. Goodman states in the article that magnesium is used to maintain normal muscle and nerve function, keep a regular heart beat, boost our immune systems, regulates blood sugar and is used for 250 biochemical reactions in our bodies. Due to the fact that magnesium is not produced in our bodies, many people have magnesium deficiency which is linked to heart attacks, diabetes mellitus, asthma, and many more chronic illnesses. Recommendations to increase magnesium intake include eating more dark leafy greens, nuts, certain fish, and yogurt. Another interesting way the article recommends to get magnesium is to add one cup of Epsom salt to your bath once or twice a week. Lastly, Dr. Goodman recommends to find magnesium supplements that end in "-ate". Finally, the article concludes by stating that just by making a simple change in increasing magnesium, it can improve the quality and length of a person's life.

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Article Critique

The article was very well written and seems very valid. The article was written in Fox News' Health section. Fox News is a well-known and reliable new source for people all across America, ranging from information in politics to health to entertainment. Not only is the source of the article reliable but the author is as well. At the end of the article there is a short summary about the author. Dr. Dennis Goodman wrote a book, "Magnificent Magnesium", so he is well educated on magnesium's effects in the body and other minerals as well. It states that Dr. Goodman is board certified in the following areas: cardiology, internal medicine, lipidology, integrative medicine and cardiac CT. According to the article, Dr. Goodman is a Clinical Associate professor and the Director of Integrative Medicine and New York University, making him very credible. It also gives a link to his own website, dennisgoodmanmd.com. When visiting his website, it states all the past and current jobs Dr. Goodman has had, which range from heart transplants in South Africa to working at Scripps Memorial Hospital in California. He has been interviewed on Fox, NBC and WPIX and he has published many articles. The only statement I found unclear in the article is "In fact, some estimates suggest more than 80 percent of Americans aren't getting enough". It does not specify who recorded those estimates and how those estimates are taken and backed up by research. Overall, the article was very educational and informed readers on how many of us are lacking magnesium and its effects on our bodies. By Americans reading this article, maybe more will understand ways to prevent magnesium deficiency and different options to get more magnesium intake.

Works Cited

Dr. Dennis Goodman. (n.d.). Retrieved April 08, 2016, from http://www.dennisgoodmanmd.com/

Goodman, D., Dr. (2016, April 05). Magnesium: The mineral you may be missing | Fox News. Retrieved April 06, 2016, from http://www.foxnews.com/health/2016/04/05/magnesium-mineral-may-be-missing.html

Google Images. (n.d.). Retrieved April 06, 2016, from https://www.google.com/search?tbm=isch