An under-valued mineral, and why correcting a deficiency could correct a plethora of health problems
A magnesium deficiency is all too often missed because it does not show up in routine blood tests, around only 1% of magnesium is stored in the blood, whilst the remaining 99% is found in our cells and the fluid surrounding the cells. As a result when a routine blood test detects a magnesium deficiency, then it is likely to be a severe or even potentially life threatening deficiency, with up to 99% of the body’s magnesium already depleted.
Magnesium is required for around 300 enzymatic processes within the body, and is the second most abundant ion inside cells, and along with calcium is critical in regulating the electrical activity in the body, this includes all muscles contractions, hearts beats and brain activity.
The first signs of a magnesium deficiency usually manifests as foot pain, muscle twitches, or leg cramps, other signs include vomiting, fatigue, nausea and weaknesses. Once a magnesium deficiency begins to worsen it can result in tingling, seizures, personality changes, abnormal heart rhythms, tension headaches, jaw point pain, back aches, neck pain and muscle soreness.
A recent article by Dr Sidney Baker detailed a full outline on magnesium deficiency stating “symptoms involving impaired contraction of smooth muscles such as constipation, urinary spasms, menstrual cramps, difficulty swallowing and loud noise sensitivity.” Dr Baker goes on to say “the central nervous system is markedly affected. Symptoms include insomnia, anxiety, hyperactivity, and restlessness with constant movement, panic attacks, agoraphobia, and premenstrual irritability. Magnesium deficiency symptoms involving the peripheral nervous system include numbness, tingling and other abnormal sensations, such as zips, zaps and vibratory sensations.”
“People with magnesium deficiency often seem to be “uptight.” Other general symptoms include a salt craving, carbohydrate craving and breast tenderness”.
Here is a list of early warning signs that may be suggestive of a magnesium deficiency in its early stages:
- Physical and mental fatigue
- Persistent under-eye twitch
- Tension in upper back, shoulders and neck
- Pre-menstrual fluid retention and/or breast tenderness
Here is a list of possible manifestations of magnesium deficiency:
- Low energy
- Poor digestion
- Fatigue, weakness
- Inability to sleep
Signs of a severe magnesium deficiency include:
- Excessive thirst and hunger
- Frequent urination
- Dry itchy skin
- Unexplained weight loss
- Frequent or recurring skin, gum, bladder or vaginal yeast infections
- Sores that heal slowly
A few of the magnesium products I recommend include:
- Orthoplex Mag Taur Cell which includes highly absorbable magnesium combined with b vitamins and other trace minerals like zinc.
- Metagenics Calm X
- Sandra Cabot Magnesium this is a strictly magnesium only formulation which is great for pregnant and nursing mothers
By Megan Maitland
NATUROPATH | NUTRITIONIST | BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE