Does Your Health Suffer From Magnesium Deficiency?
-By Paul A Philips
As more research comes to light it has been found that up to 80% of Americans are magnesium deficient and suffer from a number of ailments due to the deficiency. Also it doesn’t help when the ailments due to the deficiency are exasperated through many pharmaceutical drug treatments.
Magnesium is one of the top 6 essential macro-minerals needed for health. Minerals should never be underestimated. They act as cofactors, playing a vital role in health and metabolic efficiency. Receiving more and more attention in recent times magnesium has been greatly underestimated in its ability to contribute to and improve upon health.
It plays an essential role in health through its involvement in some 200 plus chemical reactions involved in a vast range of essential bodily functions. This includes having an involvement in the digestion of carbohydrates, fats and proteins, bone building, nervous as well as muscular functions and making energy available in the body from food.
Considering that most people don’t realize that they are magnesium deficient it is worth looking at the signs and symptoms of the deficiency.
Signs that could indicate a magnesium deficiency are
Feelings of tiredness and fatigue
Sure this could be due to a number of things such as an iron mineral deficiency leading to anaemia or erratic blood sugar levels caused by poor diet or body control, but remember; low magnesium levels could be the reason since this mineral has an involvement in energy production.
Arrhythmia (irregular heartbeats)
As stated earlier magnesium has an important involvement in muscle function. Irregular heartbeats (of the heart muscle) could be due to a deficiency in this mineral.
Cramps, spasms or muscle contractions
Keep in mind that these things could happen without exercising or hard work. These things can happen during the advanced stages of magnesium deficiency. A spasm could occur through the narrowing of the coronary arteries restricting blood flow to the heart... leading to chest pain (angina) or even a heart attack (myocardial infarction)...
Another one that could be due to many different reasons but a magnesium deficiency cannot be ruled out as a possible cause. The more deficient in this mineral the greater the dizziness or vertigo becomes.
Depression could also be linked to a deficiency since magnesium has an involvement in the making of serotonin the neurotransmitter in the brain known for making us feel good.
If any of the above have been experienced then it would be well worth a consultation with a doctor. A blood test for magnesium levels could indeed be used to confirm or rule out a deficiency.
If deficient the solution would be to take good quality magnesium rich foods and dietary supplements increasing the doses as time goes by under the supervision of a doctor or naturopathic health practitioner.
It is also important to take other minerals into account so as to achieve an appropriate dietary balance. For example, calcium mineral should ideally be a balanced ratio of 1:1 with magnesium...