Signs and Symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency

Magnesium is one of the essential components necessary for the body to function normally. It is not just necessary for human; rather, it is essential for all living organisms as magnesium ions are a part of the nucleic acid chemistry of all living cells and things. Because it is so vital, you can imagine what should happen if someone were to be magnesium deficient. It is not a pretty picture, indeed.

Just look at some of the conditions that magnesium deficiency has been associated with:

  • Irregular heart beat
  • Insomnia
  • Diabetes
  • Muscle spasms
  • Heart disease
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Migraines
  • Osteoporosis

Magnesium, then, is responsible for keeping many things in the body in tip top shape. But sometimes, it can be hard to tell if you have a problem or are beginning to have a problem. That is why it is so important to watch your body’s signs and signals. Some common symptoms associated with magnesium deficiency include:

  • Irregular heart rhythm
  • Muscle spasms
  • Mood swings
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Tremors
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Confusion
  • Memory loss
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Hallucinations

And these are just some of the symptoms. A prolonged lack of this nutrient can cause or has been linked to all sorts of problems. But what is it that causes a magnesium deficiency?

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People with gastrointestinal problems have a higher likelihood of developing this deficiency because of the body’s inability to absorb magnesium. Likewise, those with alcoholism and those with diabetes that is not managed properly are also at risk. Another possible cause is the consumption of certain medications including those used to treat cancer, diuretics and even some antibiotics.

Magnesium is vital to the body and a deficiency can mean a whole host of problems. In fact, children with autism may have lower levels of magnesium as when they are given supplements, their social abilities improve. Women who have gone through menopause also show promising signs of improved bone density when placed on magnesium supplementation. Magnesium even affects the heart, as health supplements have been shown to reduce chest pain and other side effects associated with exercise in patients with heart disease. Finally, magnesium has also been linked to carbohydrate metabolism and the body’s release of insulin, hence the low levels found in those with Type II diabetes.

Magnesium, when present in the body, does a lot of wonderful things. A deficiency merely opens the door to many problems and allows them to run rampant. While common treatment for this condition is supplementation, those with absorption problems may have to seek out other treatment options.

Do yourself a favor and if you have experienced any of the above symptoms be sure to have it checked out by your doctor. While discovering you have magnesium deficiency may be alarming, the damage that could be caused by avoiding treatment is even more alarming.

5 comments to Signs and Symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency

  • carol mills

    How much Mag should you take

  • susan malcolm

    my twin sister and i have lupus we are 63 years old we have recently been told that our magnesium is very low and were put on liquid magnesium 60 ml(s)3oomg of elemental magnesium once a day i wounder if this is enough we both feel awful. thank you

  • arnold

    There seem to be several diseases which exhibit the symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency and I suspect that the diseases probably prevent the Magnesium from reaching the cellular tissues.

    I took magnesium supplements before but they did nothing because I suspect my disease prevented the magnesium being absorbed.
    I now take “Neprinol” which is a blend of Nattokinase and Serrapeptase enzymes as the main active ingredients. This thins my blood to normal levels allowing my digestive system and other organs to function properly again.

    I have found Neprinol to be more effective and have fewer side effects than Fragmin (a heparin type of blood thinner)and it has removed many of my symptoms completely.

    I took 3 Neprinol AFD capsules 3 times a day half an hour before meals with water for 3 months now I take 2 capsules 3 times a day before meals. As the Neprinol takes effect I can reduce the doseage. I hit on the right dose straight away but starting low and working up would probably be better.

    I will still be taking Magnesium and eating foods rich in magnesium because our modern food is lacking in minerals. I look to be taking between 600 and 1200 mg per day and with other minerals too.

    I believe blood thinning is a known treatment for Lupus.

    Have you attended the Louise Coote Lupus Unit at St Thomas’ Hospital London. They are the world leaders in this field, I believe.

    However they may not know about Neprinol which I have used to replace my Heparin injections, with great success, and no majjor side effects for me

  • Taylor

    I am a 44 year old healthy female who just the the ER a few hours ago. At 9:35 a.m. I was brought to my knees by a sharp pain in my left arm, nausea, dizziness and rapid heart rate. I went and was immediately treated. After taking a nitro c. tablet I almost went into shock. My heartbeat soared to 178. After all was said and done they are saying my mag. is just a little low 1.6. Anyone have any similiar symptoms or suggestions. Pleae help. I am a single mother of three terrific young men, 16, 14, and 2.

  • Gayle

    I am also a 44 year old healthy female. I had several symptoms of magnesium deficiency and was advised to take a supplement called SLO-MAG. It contains both magnesium and calcium. I purchased it over-the-counter at the local pharmacy. There are 60 tablets in the container for $13.99. I just started taking it and my legs stopped cramping already!! Worth a try. Hope this helps!

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