According to a study published in the Journal of Intensive Care Medicine, magnesium deficiency doubles the chances of death and also causes numerous health issues and diseases.
Statistical data shows that more than half of the population in the U.S. has magnesium deficiency.
Magnesium is one of the most powerful minerals that can be used as a preventative measure to improve sleep and to reduce stress.
At this point it is important to mention that doctors use magnesium in case of a life-threatening arrhythmia (intravenously), also in case of constipation and for performing colonoscopy. In addition to that, pregnant women who come in with pre-term labor get high doses of intravenous magnesium or women who have high blood pressure of pregnancy or seizures.
Magnesium is mineral that relaxes the body, so symptoms such as irritation, tightness, stiffness and cramps indicate that there is lack of magnesium.
Scientists explain that magnesium is responsible for more than 300 enzyme reactions and is contained in all tissues in the body, but mainly in the brain, bones and muscles. That is the reason why magnesium is needed for muscle relaxation, energy, membrane stability and the function of many chemical pumps.
Doctors warn that magnesium deficiency is very common and lack of magnesium in the body causes numerous health problems, but still, its deficiency often is being ignored.
If you experience any of the symptoms listed below you might have magnesium deficiency:
High blood pressure
Irritable bowel syndrome
Muscle cramps or twitches
Sensitivity to loud noises
There are studies which have discovered that magnesium deficiency causes inflammation in the body and higher CRP levels.
Medical experts explain that the modern diet is the main reason why magnesium deficiency occurs. Namely, the modern diet is consisted of refined and highly processed foods as well as white flour, meat and dairy products. On the other hand, people don’t pay attention to healthy nutrition and don’t consume beans, nuts, greens and sea vegetables.
In addition to that, use of antibiotic, diuretics, salt, alcohol, coffee, phosphoric acid in colas, prolonged or intense stress, chronic diarrhea, profuse sweating, excessive menstruation and some intestinal parasites substantially lower the levels of magnesium in the body.
According to a study conducted in Kosovo, people who were under chronic stress due to the war, lost high amounts of magnesium in their urine.
Magnesium is mineral that sometimes is poorly absorbed and easily lost from human bodies, and the organism needs vitamin D, B6, and selenium, to help its absorption.
Recent scientific review of magnesium came to interesting conclusion: “It is highly regrettable that the deficiency of such an inexpensive, low-toxicity nutrient results in diseases that cause incalculable suffering and expense throughout the world”.
Luckily, the issue with magnesium deficiency can be easily solved, and this is how you can supplement your body with magnesium:
- Avoid taking pills and medications that cause magnesium loss, including diuretics and high blood pressure drugs
- Limit the intake of salt, sugar, coffee, colas and alcohol
- Practice active relaxation, try yoga and meditation
- In your diet you should include foods that are high in magnesium, such as parsley, figs, garlic, almonds, soy beans, dulse, millet, rye, avocado, kelp, wheat bran, wheat germ, cashews, buckwheat, Brazil nuts, filberts, pecans, walnuts, tofu, rice, dates, collard greens, shrimp, barley, dandelion and greens.
- Relax and enjoy an Epsom salts bath (magnesium sulfate)
- Start taking magnesium supplements
When it comes to deficiency of some mineral, it is highly advisable to take it in a combination with other minerals.
Some of the best forms are: glycinate taurate, or aspartate, magnesium citrate, as well as magnesium bound to Kreb cycle chelates (malate, succinate, fumarate).
On the other hand, you should avoid magnesium carbonate, sulfate, gluconate and oxide, as they are poorly absorbed.
The Recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for magnesium is about 300 mg per a day, and majority people take less than 200 mg. However, studies proved that most people benefit from 400 to 1,000 mg on a daily basis.
Important note: Patients who are suffering from severe heart disease or kidney disease should consult with their doctor before start taking magnesium.