Magnesium Deficiency & How To Spot the Early Signs

Magnesium is a mineral within the body that is derived from the food we consume. When in the body, it helps to maintain proper muscle and nerve function. Insufficient amounts of magnesium can result in serious health issues and immobility in many cases. Responsible in over hundreds of small metabolic processes that occur in the body throughout each and every day, it plays an essential role in bolstering the immune system so that it can perform at its highest level, as well as helping to maintain normal heart rhythm.


Typically found in foods such as sunflower seeds, almonds and cashews, the daily recommended amount is somewhere in the 400 mg range for both men and women. Often suggested highly for women who are nursing or pregnant, the health benefits of the mineral are quite vast.

With this said, the numbers of people who are deficient in magnesium, either through poor diet or lack of adequate consumption, are steadily on the rise. This is creating a number of preventable health conditions to crop up more and more.

Signs That You May Be Deficient

In many cases, a magnesium deficiency is usually identified through a number of common symptoms. Many people find themselves becoming more anxious and panic ridden, as a result of a drop in melatonin due to the low dose of magnesium in the body. Magnesium helps us to drift to sleep each night, and hinders things like insomnia and restless leg syndrome; because of these two factors, a rise in the inability to sleep is also a large warning sign.

Some other prevalent warning signs and symptoms of a magnesium deficiency are things like:

  • Muscle Weakness
  • Cramps
  • High blood pressure
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Poor memory

Sources Of Magnesium

So, now that you are aware of the signs, it’s important to know what to do if you do ever experience them. In addition to the seeds and nuts mentioned previously, as a way to naturally boost your magnesium intake you can up the amount of foods such as spinach, beans and potatoes in your diet, as they contain high amounts of the mineral too. If you are still unable to get the daily recommended amount from these foods for some reason, supplementation may be a good option in the efforts to keep your magnesium levels in check. Always consult your doctor before beginning any sort of supplemental course of action.



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