You may know what magnesium is, but do you know how important the mineral can be to your health? Magnesium is involved with more than 300 metabolic processes in our bodies, leading to the mineral being called a 'master mineral'. So what exactly does it mean to have a magnesium deficiency, and what are some magnesium deficiency symptoms?
Why supplementing with magnesium is a good idea
First of all, magnesium is necessary for the proper transport of calcium across cell membranes. Why? Calcium needs other nutrients that help it get into bone matter. Those other nutrients are silica, vitamin D, vitamin K, and, you guessed it, magnesium. Excess calcium intake has been linked to heart health problems by remaining in the blood long enough to calcify in arterial plaque.
Minerals are more important than vitamins, which really fight without minerals. Due to modern monoculture cultivation methods that rely heavily on the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides and insecticides that are absorbed into the soil, the top layer of the soil has been greatly depleted in its mineral content.
Magnesium, the master mineral, is missing from most of our topsoil, leaving the vast majority, perhaps 80%, not even meeting the USDA recommended daily allowance (RDA) of 240 to 420 milligrams (according to age). It is important to note that the government's RDAs are known to be well below optimal levels. Many experts think that our magnesium levels should be double the amount.
While observing the bodily signs can help, you may want to do some tests to assess whether or not you are magnesium deficient. Serum or blood level measurements are generally inadequate because magnesium operates at the cellular level and accumulates in organ and nerve tissue. So even good blood test results are often misleading, leaving one with a magnesium deficiency. An effective test developed for use by healthcare professionals is Exa Test ™.
If tests are not available, post your symptom watcher. There are many symptoms of magnesium deficiency that are related to cardiovascular, heart, neurological and muscle dysfunction and disease.
These various symptoms of magnesium deficiency are numerous due to the mineral's diverse role in so many different cellular metabolic functions.
16 Magnesium Deficiency Symptoms
As mentioned, magnesium is a mineral responsible for numerous bodily processes. An anti-inflammatory mineral that offers protection against diseases such as arthritis and Alzheimer's disease, magnesium has been used to remedy problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes, respiratory problems, and much more. But as you may suspect, just as increasing magnesium intake can solve problems, a magnesium deficiency could lead to many of those same problems and much more.
Here are 16 signs of a magnesium deficiency.
Poor heart health
High blood pressure
Type II diabetes
Difficulty to swallow
It is important to note that while these are symptoms of a magnesium deficiency, they do not necessarily mean that you are definitely magnesium deficient if you are experiencing the problems above.
How to safely supplement magnesium
It's almost impossible to overdose on magnesium by supplementing, but consuming too much magnesium isn't a great idea either. Too much mineral can lead to some side effects, such as irregular heartbeat or slow breathing. Similar to oral ascorbic acid C, there is a gut tolerance threshold that causes diarrhea if exceeded. Not all magnesium supplements are easily absorbed either.
You can find inexpensive products that contain magnesium citrate, which is among the most easily absorbed forms of magnesium supplements.
You can also apply transdermal magnesium chloride topically so that it is absorbed internally through the skin. Magnesium chloride is also known as magnesium oil, although it is not actually an oil. It is a saline solution from ancient sea beds. It is available through various online sources. Google magnesium oil products.
If you don't want to supplement and simply want to get magnesium through food sources, here are some foods that can alleviate magnesium deficiency symptoms:
By Paul Fassa
Original article (in English)