The Hidden Epidemic of Magnesium Deficiency

Did you know that magnesium is one of the most important minerals for your health? It takes part in more than 300 metabolic processes in our bodies, which is the reason why it is often referred as the ‘master mineral’. Do you know what does it mean to be deficient in magnesium, and which are the symptoms?

16 Magnesium Deficiency Symptoms

As already discussed earlier, magnesium takes part in countless bodily processes. As an anti-inflammatory agent, it protects against illnesses like Alzheimer`s and arthritis, and it has been long used to treat problems like diabetes, respiratory disorders, and high blood pressure. Therefore, the fact that upping magnesium intake can solve many issues while a deficiency could trigger their onset doesn’t come as surprise.

Here are the top 16 signs of magnesium deficiency:

  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Potassium deficiency
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Poor memory
  • Confusion
  • Diabetes
  • Calcium deficiency
  • Poor heart health
  • Weakness
  • Muscle cramps
  • Respiratory issues
  • Tremors
  • Nausea
  • Anxiety
  • High blood pressure

However, note that although all these are symptoms of magnesium deficiency, they do not mean that you are definitely magnesium deficient.

As reported by Dr. Otis Woodward, MD, it is very likely that you will experience the following symptoms, too:

  • Sound sensitivity
  • Light sensitivity
  • Muscle pain and soreness
  • Shooting pains
  • Irritability
  • Muscle twitching
  • Delayed recovery from exercise
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Weakness

Magnesium deficiency could be a complicating factor in:

  • Migraine
  • Hypertension
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Arrhythmias
  • Asthma
  • Increased risk of death from heart attack

According to Dr. Otis Woodward, there is currently a hidden epidemic of magnesium deficiency as:

  • There is little magnesium in the food produced by agribusiness. It has been shown that organically grown food has ten times the magnesium of agribusiness food.
  • Magnesium is very difficult to absorb even when taken in solid quantities.
  • Excessive sugar intake increases the renal loss of magnesium.
  • Gluten sensitivity, yet another hidden epidemic, is associated with gut damage and impaired magnesium absorption.

Dr. Otis suggests taking a red blood cell test instead of blood test do check magnesium levels.  While the latter might show good in the blood, you will not reap the benefits if it is not in the cells. RBC testing is cheap, sufficient, and effective.

How to Safely Supplement Magnesium

While overdosing by supplementation is not possible, excessive intake is not a good idea, though. Too much magnesium could lead to side effects such as slowed breathing and irregular breathing. It also worth noting that not all magnesium supplements are highly bio-available.

Look for products that feature magnesium citrate, which is one of the most readily absorbed forms of such supplements. Magnesium chloride, also known as magnesium oil, is also a good idea. It is used topically and is available through online sources.

If you are not interested in supplementation, here are some foods which are an excellent source of magnesium:

  • Spinach
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Squash
  • Sesame seeds
  • Cashews
  • Almonds
  • Soybeans
  • Okra

Note: Those with heart and kidney problems are not recommended to supplement with magnesium unless they consult their doctor. Magnesium supplements are alkaline, meaning that too much of them might compromise digestion unless combined with organic apple cider vinegar in water.