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Common Symptoms Of Magnesium Deficiency

It is very unlikely you have an actual reading of the presence of magnesium within your body, thus making you unaware of if you have a deficiency you should supplement. The bad news is that you could be requesting a medical treatment for some disease that in fact is a consequence of a low magnesium level in your organism.

Most doctors and laboratories don't even include magnesium status in routine blood tests. Thus, most doctors don't know when their patients are deficient in magnesium, even though studies show that the majority of Americans are deficient in magnesium.

Magnesium deficiency is often misdiagnosed because it does not show up in blood tests – only 1% of the body's magnesium is stored in the blood.

In this article you will find a guide to the symptoms produced by low magnesium levels, and two natural ways to improve them by diet.

Magnesium is one of the most abundant minerals on the earth and very important for the human body.  It is estimated that approximately 80% of the American population is deficient in this mineral.  Magnesium deficiency causes many health issues that are very seldom diagnosed by medical and health authorities.  Magnesium is critical for muscle and nervous system activation and intracellular energy production and is needed for effective digestion and building RNA and DNA molecules.  The body uses this important mineral to neutralize inflammatory proteins and to produce key neurotransmitters such as serotonin.

Common deficiencies are caused by:  Insufficient dietary sources; Pharmaceutical drugs that interfere with absorption in the body; Poor blood sugar balance that blocks uptake into the cells; Gut and intestinal issues that lead to poor absorption; and Chronic mental, emotional and physical stressors.

Thus a “normal” magnesium blood test really proves nothing, as J.H. Laragh, M.D. and Mildred Seelig, M.D. (one of the world's greatest magnesium experts) note: “Since no reliable test of tissue magnesium levels is currently available, and since magnesium supplementation products have a therapeutic window with predictable results in both correcting magnesium deficiency and prophylactically preventing symptoms of such a deficiency, magnesium substitution therapy should be considered based primarily on an evaluation of predisposing factors [See Sept. article] and symptoms.”5

Some of the common symptoms of magnesium deficiency include:

Chronic weakness, fatigue, and exhaustion

Excessive noise and pain sensitivity

High blood pressure


Irritability, nervousness, anxiety

Depression, apathy

Muscle spasms, tics, tremors (especially of hands, feet or facial muscles), and motor


Difficulty with memory and concentration


Chronic constipation

Chronic excessive muscle tension

Confusion and disorientation

Anorexia (poor appetite)

Emotional ability (i.e. tendency to emotionally overreact)

Ataxia (poor neuromuscular coordination)

Irregular or rapid heart beat

Learning disability

Molasses Delivers Highly Bioavailable Magnesium in the Perfect Ratio with Calcium

Molasses is a thick dark brown liquid leftover from the processing of refined white sugar. It contains all the minerals sugar cane has absorbed from the earth, which is worth noticing. This is because sugar cane roots descend as much as 15 feet into the earth and are able to bypass the depletion in topsoil. It’s interesting that animals seek out molasses for its taste and many minerals, while people would rather eat processed nutrient-empty white sugar!

Two tablespoons of organic unsulphured blackstrap molasses (the best kind) will yield 16% of the RDI (daily intake value) of magnesium, an amount considered sufficient to meet the demands of 98% of healthy people.

That may seem like a small amount compared to the amount in a magnesium supplement, but it’s not the amount you put into yourself that counts – it’s the amount you absorb and are able to use.

Use Spinach Instead of Lettuce in Salads for more Magnesium

Popeye had it right when he downed a can of spinach in each cartoon, and not just for the iron. Eating one cup of raw spinach yields 24 mg of highly bioavailable magnesium. Just as with molasses, getting magnesium from spinach provides cofactors not found in isolated supplements.

In addition to magnesium, spinach is an excellent source of vitamin K, another nutrient critical for bone health. Vitamin K helps retain calcium in the bone matrix where bone mineralization takes place. Like with magnesium, it’s important to know about vitamin K deficiency symptoms, so check those out as well.

Other minerals found in spinach are manganese and iron.

You can see how simply adding spinach to a salad will exponentially increase the nutritional power, to say nothing of a huge increase in magnesium intake.

Here are 2 foods that can help remedy magnesium deficiency symptoms quickly and without unpleasant side effects. As a bonus, each provides many other health benefits, too.

Article sources:

Magnesium – The Underappreciated Mineral of Life by Natural Solutions Radio.Stay Healthy: Boost Magnesium Levels with These Two Foods by Natural Society.

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