Magnesium Deficiency

Why are we deficient?

According to Dr. Dean, a leading expert on mineral magnesium and its importance in human health, one of the major reasons that people is deficient of magnesium is the lack of magnesium and other minerals in growing soils. Conventional farming methods have shown repeatedly to decrease trace elements concentration like magnesium in soils, rendering them “dead” in terms of their ability to sustain nutrient-dense foods. In addition, most fertilizers do not contain magnesium that is why most foods are lacking. Cooking and food processing deplete magnesium and further decreases its levels available for consumption. Magnesium-rich foods are among grains, greens, nuts and seeds, but unfortunately, most people do not eat much of these foods.

Signs and symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency

Magnesium is involved with over 300 metabolic processes in our bodies, leading the mineral being called the ‘master mineral’. So what does exactly it mean to have a magnesium deficiency, and what are some magnesium deficiency symptoms?

Observing bodily signs can help, but one may want to run some tests to determine whether or not one is deficient of magnesium. Serum or blood level measurements are usually inadequate because magnesium operates on a cellular level and accumulates in organ and nerve tissue. So even good results with blood testing are very often deceptive which leaves one with a magnesium deficiency. One effective test developed for use by health professionals is the Exa Test.

If testing is unavailable, symptom watching is advised. There are many symptoms of magnesium deficiency that relate to cardiovascular, heart, neurological, and muscular dysfunction and disease. These various magnesium deficiency symptoms are numerous because of the mineral’s diverse role in so many different cellular metabolic functions.

As 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. Indeed, increasing magnesium levels can solve many health related problems. On the other hand, however, a deficiency can lead to many of those same issues and much more. Among the noticeable symptoms are the following:

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

It is significant to note that while these are symptoms of a magnesium deficiency, it doesn’t necessarily mean that one is definitely deficient in magnesium if he experiences the above issues.

What is Magnesium?

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Everyone is familiar of how important calcium is in daily diet but little one knows that magnesium is more significant.

Magnesium is one of the essential mineral nutrients in the human body.  Of the approximately 20 to 28 grams stored in the body, sixty percent (60%) is found in the bones and teeth, whereas the remaining forty percent (40%) is found in the muscles. Serum levels of magnesium range from 1.5 to 2.1 mEq/L. It is the second most abundant positively charged ion found within body cells, implying its significance in the multitudes of physiologic cellular functions.  One of the most essential metabolic processes, the synthesis and consumption of ATP is directly related to magnesium. Magnesium linked ATP processes activate roughly 300 different enzymes that are involved in diverse functions including DNA and RNA synthesis, glycolysis, intracellular mineral transport, nerve impulse generation, cell membrane electrical potential, muscle contraction, blood vessel tone, and the regeneration of ATP.