10 Signs You Have A Magnesium Deficiency5 min read

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Are you often tired, depressed, anxious, or have trouble sleeping? Do you have heart pains, high stress, frequent headaches, and muscle weakness?  The answer to your problems may be far simpler than you think.

Magnesium.  Magnesium is arguably the most important mineral in the body. It is the lifeblood of all your energy systems since over 350 different vital cellular functions require magnesium to operate. In fact, your heart literally cannot beat without magnesium.

If your heart is in bad health, the rest of your body will follow suit, and it’s important to make sure you have enough magnesium in your diet since high blood pressure, heart attacks, cholesterol problems, and cardiovascular disease are all directly linked to low magnesium diets.

Studies have shown..

A study in the journal Atherosclerosis found that people with low magnesium levels were more than twice as likely to die of heart disease (which is America’s biggest killer right now).  They were also more than seven times as likely to die from all causes.  And seeing as 90% of all Americans are deficient in magnesium, it’s not too hard to understand why heart health is such a big problem right now.

Inadequate magnesium appears to reduce serotonin levels, and antidepressants have been shown to raise brain magnesium. A 2008 study found that magnesium was as effective as the tricyclic antidepressants in treating depression.

A large clinical study of more than 8,500 women found that a higher intake of dietary magnesium may decrease the risk of high blood pressure in women.

It’s also been proven to help treat diabetes, asthma, high blood pressure, insomnia, and osteoporosis. Magnesium also helps protect your DNA and keep your immune system operating at a high level. This mineral is the literally best kept secret in nutrition right now, and almost everyone is experiencing symptoms of deficiency in some way.

Here are 10 common symptoms of magnesium deficiency and what you can do about it:

1) Irregular heartbeat or heart pains

2) Weakness and cramping

3) Fatigue and drowsiness

4) Stress and anxiety

5) Sleep disorders

6) Migraine headaches

7) Depression and mood swings

8) Weak bones

9) Metabolic damage

10) Indigestion and nausea

These are some of the main symptoms of magnesium deficiency which have been proven to be reversible through nothing more than adding more to magnesium to your daily intake.

Some of you may have been struggling for some of these problems for years like I had been, and you will be amazed at how much of a difference magnesium can make to any symptoms stemming from nervous system, cardiovascular, and mental health.

Foods high in magnesium

Here is a list of some common foods that contain good amounts of magnesium and should be included into your diet if you feel you are experiencing symptoms of magnesium deficiency.

  1. Dark leafy greens like kale and spinach
  2. Nuts and seeds (pumpkin in particular)
  3. Whole grains
  4. Avocados
  5. Bananas

There are other foods that are relatively high in magnesium, but due to the dramatic depletion of our soil, most foods simply don’t have enough in them in the most absorbable form to give us what our bodies need.  Eating your proper servings of fruits and vegetables each day along with some nuts and seeds is a really good place to start.

Magnesium supplementation

I have been supplementing magnesium for about half a year now, and it has completely changed my life.  It feels like for the first time my cells were getting the proper minerals they needed.  I have suffered from heart pains, palpitations, and an irregular heart beat for years due to stress and caffeine abuse, and magnesium supplementation is literally saving my health. It’s something I stand by passionately.

I don’t know why more people aren’t talking about the wonders this mineral can work on stress and fatigue, especially for people who work full/part-time jobs and are often multitasking and working at a fast pace.

But not all forms of magnesium supplementation work the same which is a secret that most people who buy magnesium supplements don’t realize. In the process of digestion, a bit of molecular magic can occur. As protein is digested, its building blocks of amino acids can be split off one by one. When the alignments are just right, two amino acids can wrap around any mineral that has adopted a charge of +2.

Such a double wrap of amino acids around a mineral such as magnesium is called an amino acid chelate. Chelate is from the Greek word for claw and it is literally like two pincers that can form around a mineral in a neat tidy package.

Why does this matter?

When this occurs, great things happen for mineral absorption, especially for magnesium. In this form, minerals are no longer bound by fiber and phytates, freeing them to be absorbed. In addition, the minerals no longer compete for absorption with each other since magnesium and other minerals like copper, calcium, and zinc adopt a charge of +2 and compete with eachother for absorption.  Chelated magnesium, on the other hand, is already in an instantly absorable form because it is already wrapped with amino acids and is proven to be more effective.

Even if you want to go with a less absorbable form of magnesium or focus instead on adding magnesium-rich foods to your diet, it’s really something we all should be supplementing since almost all of us are deficient in it.  Years to your life can be added by making sure you are getting enough of this special little mineral, and your quality of life will improve instantly.

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