Magnesium is essential for many different reasons within our body and without it.
Our major organs wouldn’t be able to function and a deficiency could contribute to serious medical conditions such as cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis. It can be found in many whole foods such as nuts and seeds, leafy green vegetables and fish. But how do we know if we are getting enough magnesium? And why is it so important?
Well, magnesium regulates our enzyme reactions, which transport essential ions through our cell membranes, which assists in the production of ATP and many more essential hormones. The macromineral is imperative to our bodily functions but surprisingly, most of us are unknowingly lacking the nutrient.
In fact, the American Chiropractic Society estimates that 68 to 80 percent of the American population suffer from a magnesium deficiency.
The following symptoms are the most common, but there are many more that can indicate a magnesium deficiency. If you experience the following symptoms on a regular basis, consider taking a magnesium supplement and if it persists further, seek medical advice.
1. Muscle Cramping and Twitching.
Sleep supplements often contain high magnesium counts as it is the mineral that helps our muscles relax. Not getting enough of this mineral can result in muscle-related problems such as cramping or twitching. This can be subtle or extreme and can lead to conditions such as chronic insomnia if untreated.
2. Abnormal Heart Contractions.
Having low magnesium levels can have a negative effect on our heart muscles, as the macromineral aids in healthy, regular muscle contractions. If there is nothing helping us maintain regular muscle contractions in our heart, it can lead to cardiac arrhythmia which can increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
3. Depression and Low Moods.
Magnesium was once a common treatment for those suffering with depression and although it isn’t used nowadays, there are studies continuing to be published to support the evidence that magnesium can aid in improving low moods and even depression.
4. Ringing in the Ears.
Magnesium helps to regulate glutamate, which is an important neurotransmitter that helps us hear. Without magnesium, the production of glutamate may be unregulated and can lead to tinnitus, a persistent ringing in the ears. Whilst there are plenty of other reasons for somebody to suffer from tinnitus, magnesium deficiency could be the cause.
5. Kidney Stones.
There are many studies that attempt to prove the reason for kidney stones. Some studies believe it is due to an excess of calcium, others claim it is a lack of magnesium. The Journal of Urology explained that patients experienced a decreased rate of kidney stones, when treated with magnesium hydroxide.
By Valerie S.
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