I am trying to determine if Soylent is inducing a magnesium deficiency in it’s users. I feel this is actually very likely. The magnesium supplement in Soylent (magnesium oxide) has the poorest bioavailability of all produced magnesium compounds. This would have been overlooked in bloodwork tests on full-time Soylent users because magnesium levels in the blood do not change unless the deficiency is very severe. The best way to diagnose deficiency is in looking for symptoms.
If you consume more than half of your calories through Soylent, and have done so for more than two weeks, please take a moment to let me know if you have any of the following symptoms:
muscle spasms - "twitches"
involuntary eye movements
difficulty swallowing or a lump in the throat - especially provoked by eating sugar
photophobia - especially difficulty adjusting to oncoming bright headlights
Please comment if you meet the criteria above even if you do not have the symptoms – so that the results are not bias.
If you have any of these symptoms – even if you have had them before starting Soylent – please comment.
(magnesium deficiency is the most common nutrient deficiency in the US, so it’s possible you had the deficiency before and after starting)