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You may know what magnesium is, but do you know how important the mineral can be for your health?
Firstly, magnesium is necessary for the proper transportation of calcium across cell membranes. Minerals are more important than vitamins, which struggle actually struggle without minerals. The master mineral magnesium is missing from most of our topsoil, leaving the vast majority, perhaps 80%, with a failure to meet even the USDA’s recommended dietary allowance (RDA) of 240 to 420 millgrams (based on age). While observing bodily signs can help, you may want to have some tests administered in the end to test whether or not you’re deficient in magnesium. These various magnesium deficiency symptoms are numerous because of the mineral’s diverse role in so many different cellular metabolic functions.
It’s important to note that while these are symptoms of a magnesium deficiency, it doesn’t necessarily mean you are definitely deficient in magnesium if you experience the above issues. It’s almost impossible to overdose magnesium by supplementing, but consuming too much magnesium is still not a great idea. You can find inexpensive products that feature magnesium citrate, which is among the most readily absorbed forms of magnesium supplements. You can also apply transdermal magnesium chloride topically to be absorbed internally through the skin.
It is a common fact that right amounts of vitamins and minerals are essential for normal functioning of the human body. Even if you take enough magnesium through foods, it may happen that the body does not absorb the mineral. Low blood magnesium may cause many different symptoms that may vary from mild to severe as per the severity of the condition. Magnesium deficiency or low dietary intake of magnesium may cause symptoms like muscle weakness, fatigue, dizziness, nervousness, confusion, irritability and hyperexcitability.
Other symptoms include migraine headaches, insomnia, depression, numbness, tingling, hallucinations and impaired memory. Very low levels of magnesium may cause irregular heartbeat, hypocalcemia, hypokalemia and low levels of parathyroid hormone in the blood. If not detected in time, hypomagnesemia may cause complications like high blood pressure, tachycardia, heart failure, athetosis and personality changes.
Treatment for this condition is decided on the basis of various factors like severity of the condition and the accompanying symptoms. In short, low magnesium levels can be prevented to some extent by including magnesium rich foods in your diet. Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice. ShareThisMary Ackerley, MD, explains that “studies have suggested that magnesium is inversely related to hypertension, which is a risk factor for stroke." Research has demonstrated that “for every increase in magnesium intake of 100 mg per day total stroke risk was reduced by 8 percent. CAPTCHAThis question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.
Type the characters you see in the picture; if you can't read them, submit the form and a new image will be generated. There’s no easy way to check your magnesium levels effectively – magnesium deficiency is often diagnosed by symptoms. But even those symptoms (fatigue, muscle soreness, low testosterone levels, increased inflammation in your heart, and even loss of hearing) only show up in extreme cases, and, as we’ll see, may be tied to other conditions. Statistically speaking, you’re probably deficient – and you had no idea until now(1). Magnesium deficiency is strongly associated with common illnesses like depression(2), migraines(3), impaired glucose tolerance and irregular heart rhythms(4).
Magnesium may be especially important for men, as there is a distinct relationship between magnesium levels and testosterone levels – a 2011 study showed that magnesium supplementation could have a positive impact on men with low testosterone levels(5). On the flip side, there is evidence that getting enough magnesium in your system can help improve your health significantly, possibly helping to safeguard you against type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and migraine disorders(6).

If that doesn’t convince you to start taking magnesium seriously, who knows what will!
Supplementing your diet with magnesium can be challenging, because in order to be bioavailable it must be bound to another substance. In addition to this, many magnesium supplements vary in quality, from inexpensive, low-quality products which can have a laxative effect, to higher-quality products with higher levels of absorption in the body. According to the Dieticians Association of Canada, the best dietary sources of magnesium are nuts and seeds, as well as cooked spinach and other leafy greens(7). Magnesium can also be absorbed through the skin – try a nice, relaxing bath with Epsom salts for not only washing away the cares of the day, but restoring your magnesium levels as well! Magnesium deficiency can occur on its own, but sometimes it is also a symptom of other disorders, such as malabsorption syndromes including Coeliac disease, Crohn’s disease, and steatorrhoea(8).
As these may be early indicators of a more serious condition causing your magnesium deficiency.
You know it takes more than just dozing off while tossing and turning to wake up feeling energized. A sleeping pill might make you drowsy – and make you think you are sleeping – but studies show that most over-the-counter sleep aids keep you in the lighter stages of sleep. In 2002, researchers at Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry did a double-blind, placebo-controlled sleep study and found that patients who took magnesium supplements experienced a significant increase in slow wave (deep) sleep.
Other studies, again from USDA Human Nutrition Research Center, revealed that low magnesium levels disrupted brain waves (electrical activity) when the patients were asleep.
In August, 2004, the World Health Organization issued guidelines for drinking water quality. Like how it has a direct effect on conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, depression, memory loss and migraine headaches. And how it has an anti-aging effect because it helps stave off inflammation and Metabolic Syndrome. Excellent sources of magnesium that I would recommend include dark leafy greens, pumpkin seeds, legumes, avocado, almonds, cashews and walnuts, wild shrimp, wild salmon and halibut.
The sources I recommend most highly are raw cacao beans or cacao nibs (these are the crushed beans). Keep those magnesium levels up and running and you’ll enjoy the natural health you were meant to have.
Magnesium is involved with over 300 metabolic processes in our bodies, leading to the mineral being called the ‘master mineral’.
Thanks to modern monoculture farming methods that rely heavily on using chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and insecticides that are absorbed into the soil, out topsoil has been heavily depleted of its mineral content.
Serum or blood level measurements are usually inadequate because magnesium operates on a cellular level and accumulates in organ and nerve tissue.
There are many symptoms of magnesium deficiency that relate to cardiovascular, heart, neurological, and muscular dysfunction and disease.
An anti-inflammatory mineral offering protection against illnesses like arthritis and Alzheimer’s disease, magnesium has been used to remedy problems like high blood pressure, diabetes, respiratory issues, and much more. Too much of the mineral could lead to some side effects like irregular heartbeat or slowed breathing. However, recent researches suggest that only one percent of the magnesium in the body is found in blood and the human body is highly efficient in keeping this level constant (unless and until, there is some severe problem). While magnesium deficiency is a term used to describe a low dietary intake of this mineral, hypomagnesemia is the condition which describes absolutely low levels of magnesium in the blood. This usually happens in people with certain medical conditions that interfere with the body's ability to absorb the mineral. Some people may have spasms of the esophageal muscles, making it difficult to swallow food. Those with insulin resistance may witness worsening of symptoms, if they develop low levels of magnesium.
If there are underlying causes, then, such a diet may not be of much use, unless and until you treat the cause.
Actually, vegetables, nuts and seeds grown organically in enriched soil have about twice the level of magnesium that inorganically grown produce does.

While not every doctor has extensive backgrounds in nutrition, they will often be able to help you determine if your magnesium deficiency is a symptom of a larger, more systemic problem.
In fact, the National Sleep Foundation reports that 67% of people over 55 suffer from insomnia and other sleep disorders.
You need to fall into deep, slow wave sleep for your muscles to really relax, your nerves to calm and your brain waves to go on idle. Further blood testing showed that the magnesium effectively reduced their cortisol levels – a stress hormone that promotes alertness. They noted that magnesium levels have a protective effect on the smooth muscle cells found in blood vessels.
So even good results with blood testing are very often deceptive, leaving one with a magnesium deficiency.
But as you may suspect, just as upping magnesium intake can solve problems, a magnesium deficiency could lead to many of those same issues and much more.
Similar to oral ascorbic acid C, there is a bowel tolerance threshold that brings on diarrhea if exceeded. In fact, this mineral plays a key role in more than three hundred biochemical reactions that take place inside the body. So, the blood magnesium levels may be constant, even if the concentration of this mineral in other locations decreases. Some bowel problems like, Crohn's disease may hinder the absorption of magnesium in the small intestine. So, if you experience any of the symptoms mentioned above, consult your doctor and get the condition diagnosed and treated at the earliest, so as to avoid complications. The result is that Americans’ intake of magnesium has dropped 50% in the last century. And gastro-intestinal disorders such as diarrhea, Crohn’s disease and intestinal surgeries can impair its absorption. While slightly low magnesium levels may or may not produce any symptom, if the level is too low, the condition may cause severe symptoms and complications. So, serum magnesium tests (blood test for magnesium) may not be adequate to find out low magnesium levels in the body. In some cases, the kidneys may excrete magnesium in excess or fail to reabsorb the mineral. Nielson, PhD, of the USDA Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center, decided to conduct clinical trials on the subject.
Their studies showed that restoring calcium and magnesium to drinking water directly reduced heart disease mortality!
Excessive calcium intake has been linked to heart health issues by staying in the blood long enough to calcify into arterial plaque. It is said that this is one of the reasons why hypomagnesemia is not detected during the early stages. Only one-third of the dietary magnesium is absorbed into the body and if your diet is deficient in magnesium-rich foods, then, it is natural to develop deficiency of this mineral.
However, the underlying cause has to be treated, so as to prevent recurrence of hypomagnesemia.
As per these studies, the condition goes undetected in more than 50% of people, who undergo the test. The following are some of the conditions that may hinder with absorption of magnesium, either through the gastrointestinal tract or kidneys.
Those with very low levels of magnesium, may also require calcium and potassium supplements. So, it has been suggested that advanced tests must be conducted to find out the exact level of magnesium in the body. However, variations in normal magnesium levels may cause symptoms that may range from mild to severe.

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