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Magnesium Deficiency Symptoms


Magnesium deficiency is one of those health problems that affects millions throughout the U.S. population, is misdiagnosed by healthcare professionals and is often an indicator that something larger could be wrong.


Every organ in the body – notably, the heart, muscles, and kidneys – needs this important mineral. It also contributes to the makeup of teeth and bones and while helping to regulate calcium levels as well as copper, zinc, potassium, vitamin D, and other important nutrients in the body. And, magnesium activates enzymes as it contributes to energy production. Your body's detoxification processes relies on magnesium to help prevent damage from environmental chemicals, heavy metals and other toxins. Even glutathione, the mother of all antioxidants, needs magnesium for its synthesis.


Think your doctor can tell you when if you're magnesium deficient? Think again.

An adult body contains approximately 25g magnesium, with 50 percent to 60 percent present in the bones and most of the rest in soft tissues. With less than 1 percent of our total magnesium in blood serum it's hard to detect, if it is even tested for at all: Neither doctors nor labs think to run magnesium tests, anyway. Which is unfortunate as most Americans are magnesium deficient and that is what leads to nearly every major illness we know of today.


Lack of magnesium may lead to irritability, muscle weakness, and irregular heartbeat.

Certain medical conditions, however, can upset the body’s magnesium balance. For example, an intestinal virus that causes vomiting or diarrhea can cause temporary magnesium deficiencies. Some gastrointestinal diseases (such as irritable bowel syndrome or IBS and ulcerative colitis), diabetes, pancreatitis, hyperthyroidism (high thyroid hormone levels), kidney disease, and taking diuretics can lead to deficiencies. Too much coffee, soda, salt, or alcohol as well as heavy menstrual periods, excessive sweating, and prolonged stress can also lower magnesium levels. Children on the autism spectrum tend to be low in magnesium due to digestive issues and diet.


Food Sources of Magnesium

Magnesium is widely distributed in plant and animal foods and in beverages. Green leafy vegetables, such as spinach, legumes, nuts, seeds, and whole grains, are good sources, and generally, foods containing dietary fiber provide magnesium. Magnesium is also added to some breakfast cereals and other fortified foods. Some types of food processing, such as refining grains in ways that remove the nutrient-rich germ and bran, lower magnesium content substantially.

A diet high in fat may cause less magnesium to be absorbed. Cooking may decrease the magnesium content of food.


Diets that provide plenty of fruits and vegetables, which are good sources of potassium and magnesium, are consistently associated with lower blood pressure. The DASH study (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) suggested that high blood pressure could be significantly lowered by a diet high in magnesium, potassium, and calcium, and low in sodium and fat.

Mineral, and bottled waters can also be sources of magnesium, but the amount of magnesium in water varies by source and brand (ranging from 1 mg/L to more than 120 mg/L).

Approximately 30% to 40% of the dietary magnesium consumed is typically absorbed by the body.


General symptoms of magnesium deficiency include:

·restless leg syndrome (RLS)

·sleep disorders

·nausea and vomiting

·abnormal heart rhythms, low blood pressure

·muscle spasm and weakness


·salt craving

·both carbohydrate craving and carbohydrate intolerance (chocolate)

·breast tenderness


Symptoms involving impaired contraction of smooth muscles include:        


·poor nail growth

·urinary spasms

·menstrual cramps

·difficulty swallowing or a lump in the throat-especially provoked by eating sugar

·difficulty adjusting to oncoming bright headlights in the absence of eye disease

·loud noise sensitivity from stapedius muscle tension in the ear


Magnesium deficiency affects the central and peripheral nervous system through:



·hyperactivity and restlessness with constant movement

·panic attacks

·premenstrual irritability



·abnormal sensations, such as zips, zaps and vibratory sensations


Symptoms of magnesium deficiency affecting the cardiovascular system include:


·heart arrhythmia

·angina due to spasms of the coronary arteries

·high blood pressure

·mitral valve prolapse


General symptoms of magnesium deficiency in the brain include:

·clouded thinking



·significant depression



Magnesium will:

·relax nerve impulses and muscle contractions

·promote relaxation; aid in restful sleep

·help lower blood pressure

·keep your bones strong (especially when taken with calcium)

·keep your heart healthy by lowering cholesterol

·relieve symptoms of menopause and PMS

·help the body absorb calcium and potassium


Now that you can a connection between jitters, irritability and nervousness . . . and magnesium deficiency, is it any wonder magnesium treatment is ignored by Big Pharma and your doctor? Because medications are more profitable.


Here are some early warning signs of a possible magnesium deficiency:

·Physical and mental fatigue

·Persistent under eye twitch

·Tension in the upper back, shoulders and neck


·Pr-menstrual fluid retention and/or breast tenderness

·Low energy







·Seizures (and tantrums)

·Poor digestion

·PMS and hormonal imbalances

·Inability to sleep

·Muscle tension, spasm and cramps

·Calcification of organs

·Weakening of the bones

·Abnormal heart rhythm

·Low levels of calcium in the blood (hypocalcemia)

·Low levels of potassium in the blood (hypokalemia)


Below are signs of a possibly severe magnesium deficiency:

·Extreme thirst 

·Extreme hunger 

·Frequent urination 

·Sores or bruises that heal slowly

·Dry, itchy skin

·Unexplained weight loss

·Blurry vision that changes from day to day

·Unusual tiredness or drowsiness

·Tingling or numbness in the hands or feet

·Frequent or recurring skin, gum, bladder or vaginal yeast infections


Some Treatments Using Magnesium


Type 2 Diabetes

It is estimated that up to 80 percent of those with type 2 diabetes have a magnesium deficiency. High glucose levels, in patients with Type 2 Diabetes, will cause the body to flush magnesium from its system. It is also believed that magnesium deficiency is a predictor of diabetes as diabetics need more magnesium and lose more magnesium than most people.

A report in the journal Diabetes Care (January 2006) documents a study that concluded 'those who consumed the most magnesium in their diet were least likely to develop type 2 diabetes,

Dr. Simin Liu of the Harvard Medical School and School of Public Health in Boston adds,  "Our studies provided some direct evidence that greater intake of magnesium may have a long-term protective effect on lowering risk."

Recent research concludes that magnesium and malate acid should be a key treatment option for diabetics from their doctors. Another study concluded that people with diabetes who took magnesium supplements had improved insulin and glucose levels.


Heart Disease

People with heart conditions, including: heart attacks, high blood pressure, abnormal heart rhythms and coronary artery disease, tend to be magnesium deficient. Studies show that people with low amounts of magnesium in the body have double the risk of developing coronary heart disease, and that magnesium supplementation can lower cholesterol by as much as 20 percent. Supplementation of Healthmasters Magnesium and Malate acid can increase individuals’ magnesium levels and minimize the risks associated with heart disease.


Some people believe that individuals on the autism spectrum have significant metabolic abnormalities which can cause or worsen the symptoms of autism. They also believe that some of those metabolic abnormalities can be addressed by consuming more foods containing vitamin B6 or by taking Healthmasters Corticare B5-B6. Magnesium is taken at the same time as the vitamin Coritcare B5-B6 to counteract the side effects of the vitamin B6.


According to a 2007 report from Autism Research Institute, ‘There are over 20 studies of vitamin B6 with magnesium for autism, including 12 double-blind, placebo-controlled studies, making it one of most studied treatments for autism. Almost all of these studies found that 45-50% of children and adults with autism benefited from high-dose supplementation of vitamin B6 with magnesium.’



A small preliminary clinical study of 24 people with fibromyalgia suggest that malic acid and magnesium may improve pain and tenderness associated with fibromyalgia when taken for at least 2 months. Other studies suggest the combination of calcium and magnesium may be helpful for some people with fibromyalgia. Healthmasters Magnesium and malate acid has been shown to relieve muscle pain and fatigue in individuals with fibromyalgia.



A few studies suggest that taking magnesium supplements may help prevent migraine headaches. In addition, a few clinical studies suggest that magnesium supplements may shorten the duration of a migraine and reduce the amount of medication needed. People who have migraine headaches tend to have lower levels of magnesium compared to those with tension headaches or no headaches at all.  Some experts suggest combining magnesium with the herb feverfew along with vitamin B2 (riboflavin) may be helpful when you have a headache.

Women who also need calcium can take our Healthmasters Ossomag which contains MCHC Calcium, Magnesium and D3.

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