Magnesium is necessary for the functioning of over a thousand enzyme systems that drive a variety of biological reactions in the body, according to Dean. In particular, magnesium is vital for the metabolism and activation of other essential nutrients that the body receives, including vitamin D.
Dean further noted that a lot of concerns people have about their health could be solved by taking enough magnesium.
"You'll have a client or patient come in and say they're fatigued. What do most allopathic doctors do? They say, 'Oh, you must be depressed, you're not sleeping well. Okay, here's some medication.' What do we do? We say, 'Take magnesium. Take enough to saturate your body,'" said Dean.
"When I got into magnesium, the study of it … in the late 90s, I had heart palpitations, leg cramps, sore neck and shoulder, all the symptoms of magnesium deficiency," said Dean.
Dean noted that many patients might be skeptical of magnesium supplementation because they experience what she called the laxative effect – patients getting diarrhea following taking magnesium and subsequently quitting it.
"That's our problem. Doctors, they'll give magnesium to people, they'll get diarrhea and then the patient will quit," said Dean. "But we need to take enough magnesium to saturate us from head to toe to deal with these 1,000 enzyme systems. Every nerve in the body, every muscle."
Dean said she knows about at least 65 conditions that are related to magnesium deficiency and could be solved simply by taking enough magnesium. The problem is that mainstream medical practitioners would rather treat these conditions with drugs.
"We have people in our customer base, they've been on a dozen drugs, they start saturating with [magnesium] and they get rid of their drugs and doctors," said Dean. "Allopathic doctors don't really want to hear about this, and it's because, as you know, we never learned anything about nutrition or dietary supplements in medical school. They're put down, the drug companies are attacking dietary supplements right and left because that interferes with drug prescriptions."
An estimated 48 percent of Americans do not get sufficient magnesium from their diet. This percentage rises among diabetics at 75 percent, and it goes even higher for postmenopausal women with osteoporosis, where the magnesium deficiency rate is 84 percent. (Related: Magnesium and osteoporosis: 10 Reasons why magnesium could prevent osteoporosis.)
Furthermore, because of chronic diseases, regular medication intake, decreases in food crop magnesium contents and the availability of refined and processed foods, the vast majority of people living in modern societies around the world are at risk for magnesium deficiency.
Magnesium deficiency could lead to a variety of health complications, including muscle twitches and cramps, fatigue and muscle weakness, mental health concerns like a lack of emotion and delirium, osteoporosis, high blood pressure and heart palpitations. Cases of severe magnesium deficiency can even lead to more serious complications, such as a stroke or heart failure.
This is why it is important for people to take supplements and to eat foods rich in magnesium, such as green vegetables, egg yolks, soybeans, brown rice, dark chocolate and nuts like almonds, peanuts, cashews and hazelnuts.
Learn more about the supplements people should take at SupplementsReport.com.
Watch the Sept. 12 episode of "The Dr. Hotze Report" with Dr. Steven Hotze as he interviews Dr. Carolyn Dean about the benefits of magnesium supplementation.
"The Dr. Hotze Report" with Dr. Steven Hotze airs every Monday and Saturday at 5-6 p.m. on Brighteon.TV.