The Arab Healthy Water Association is a non-governmental,
legally registered at the Ministry of Social Affairs (MOSA) by decree No. 6086/2005, Cairo-Egypt.
The mission of the Arab Healthy Water Association is to improve the quality of life among Arab people by sharing knowledge on water quality, health-related issues and water conservation and protection best practices among consumers, water professionals, and officials in concerned governmental and non-governmental organizations.
"Learning is the only wealth tyrants cannot despoil. Only death can dim the lamp of knowledge that is within you. The true wealth of a nation lies not in its gold or silver but in its learning, wisdom, and in the uprightness of its sons and daughters."
The Arab homeland covers an area of 5.25 million square miles. With seventy-two percent of its territory in Africa and twenty-eight percent in Asia, While the region is dominated by dry climatic conditions, the existence of mountain ranges permits seasonal rainfall. Given the preponderance of arid conditions, reliable sources of water are immensely important; be they springs, from which oases are formed, or rivers. Foremost among the river valleys are the Nile and the Tigris-Euphrates.
The population of the Arab nation is a youthful one. Almost half of the population is under fifteen years of age. The Arab people, spread over a vast area, enjoy common bonds of history and tradition. Arabs consider themselves to be one nation.
Hard water can be an important source of magnesium. Desert springs and wells are often rich in magnesium, but modern water treatment plants use Reverse Osmosis or other purification which removes magnesium from water.
Magnesium deficiency may be causing about 990,000 Arab deaths per annum, assuming Arab population is 300,000,000 and based on international projections*. This assumes that Arab diets, like Western diets, are trending toward more refined foods and purified water, lacking magnesium. Most Mg-deficiency deaths are a result of heart disease, but asthma, migraine, cramps, and many other illnesses can be caused by magnesium deficiency.
Adult males should get 420 mg of magnesium per day, but are actually averaging only 327 mg/day, according to an exhaustive literature review.
Worldwide, there are 79 brands of bottled water containing 110 mg/L magnesium or more.
Natural springs containing magnesium bicarbonate may be found in geologic "ultra-mafic" rock formations containing the rock called "serpentine."
There are three ways of putting magnesium into purified drinking water without impacting flavor:
(a) magnesium lactate
(b) magnesium chloride
(c) magnesium bicarbonate (tastes good, but costs a little more)
There may also be extra health benefits from the bicarbonate.
To see the medical journal articles supporting these statements, please see below.
The Arab Healthy Water Association petitions that your Health Agency recommend that all bottled water and soft drinks contain at least 100 mg/L magnesium. Such a recommendation would encourage bottlers to improve the healthfulness of their beverages, saving numerous lives.
The (US) Healthy Water Association, and the Arab Healthy Water
Association jointly suggest that you switch to healthier bottled waters
containing at least 100 mg/L magnesium, a Ca/Mg ratio of not more than
2:1, and low sodium content <10 mg/L. (See Rate Your Bottled Water) Some
of the healthier waters available:
|Noah's Spring Water from Modesto, CA-USA 7-Up, 209) 521-1777||Ca 3 mg/L||Mg 110 mg/L||Na 6 mg/L|
|Apollinaris from Germany||Ca 89 mg/L||Mg 104 mg/L||Na 425 mg/L|
|Badoit from France||Ca 200 mg/L||Mg 100 mg/L||Na 160 mg/L|
|Gerolsteiner Sprudel||Ca 364 mg/L||Mg 113 mg/L||Na 128 mg/L|
|Mendocino (California)||Ca 310 mg/L||Mg 130 mg/L||Na 240 mg/L|
|Rosbacher||Ca 256 mg/L||Mg 128 mg/L||Na 40 mg/L|
|St. Gero||Ca 407 mg/L||Mg 121 mg/L||Na 175 mg/L|
|Vichy Novelle||Ca 70 mg/L||Mg 110 mg/L||Na 1 mg/L|
|Vichy Original||Ca 100 mg/L||Mg 110 mg/L||Na 220 mg/L|
|Vittel Hepar||Ca 575 mg/L||Mg 118 mg/L||Na 13 mg/L|
Donald W. Short, vice president of Coca-Cola, announced that Coke is
creating "The Beverage Institute for Health & Wellness" to help
Coca-Cola identify new functional beverage ingredients and possible
formulations that address a particular health or nutritional need
worldwide. Location: Houston, Texas. [The most obvious and pressing
Update: Diet Coke Plus was recently introduced. The label states that it has 10% of the daily value for Magnesium in 8 ounces of beverage, enough to make it a "good source" of magnesium. Coca Cola says that Diet Coke Plus has 167 ppm Mg, or 167 mg/L, a very impressive level. Thank you, Coke, for taking an important nutritional step forward!
Magnesium in Moscow Russian doctors appreciate benefits of natural remedies
Posted on Mon, May. 24, 2004
Make sure of magnesium
New York Times News Service
Experts who study this nutrient believe that insufficient magnesium may be a primary factor in the relationship between heart disease and cardiac risk factors such as high blood pressure, abdominal obesity, diabetes and stress.
Magnesium deficiency may even have played a role in the increase in heart attacks and strokes reported among menopausal participants in the Women's Health Initiative studies, according to Dr. Mildred S. Seelig of Decatur, Ga. Seelig explained that the women were undergoing hormone replacement therapy and that magnesium counters the possible blood clots caused by estrogen in such therapy.
Correcting nutrient shortfalls should always start with diet, especially in this case, when the best sources of the needed nutrient are foods that should be regularly consumed as part of a healthful diet. Among foods relatively rich in magnesium are whole-grain breads and cereals such as 100 percent bran, oats, Cheerios and Wheaties; legumes such as tofu, soybeans and lima beans; vegetables such as spinach, corn and broccoli; fruits such as dates, raisins and bananas; and nuts such as almonds, cashews, peanuts, walnuts and pecans.
Drinking water, too, can be a significant source of dietary magnesium, assuming that the water supply is "hard," that is, rich in minerals. Water supplies in much of the country are hard. But in the Southeast they are soft.
The Magnesium Committee of the AHWA will lobby international
organizations to review and endorse the Mg fortification of
Dr. Radwan Al-Weshah
Dr. Rashed M.Y. Al-Sa`ed
Dr. Ameera Al-Haddad
Mr. Bill Sardi
Mr. Vasant Soni
Mr. Paul Mason
Dr. Khaled Abu-Zeid
Prof. Elias Salameh
Dr. Gamal Abourjila
Prof. M.Ragai A. EL.Mostehy
Dr. Walid Shorbagy
Prof. Bachir Raissouni
Dr. Hani Daas
Dr. Mrs. Bakenaz A. Zeydan
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