Health effects of magnesium deficiency in drinking water-the case of water desalination Conference Paper uri icon


  • Seawater desalination is an important source of drinking water in increasing number of countries. In Israel, the use of desalinated water is on the rise and it is expected that in a few years the main source of drinking water will be desalinated water. Most desalination plants apply reverse osmosis, leaving minimal concentrations of minerals. Drinking water contributes about 20% of magnesium intake and the lack of magnesium in the water may lead to magnesium deficiency. This deficiency may increase morbidity and mortality from various diseases, particularly cardiovascular diseases. A systematic review was conducted in order to identify studies that examined the health effects of drinking water magnesium concentration. Fourteen studies that examined the association between magnesium concentration and cardiovascular morbidity or mortality were identified. Six of eleven …

publication date

  • November 5, 2013