10 signs that you’re magnesium deficient

10 signs that you’re magnesium deficient

Author -  Good Health

Symptoms of magnesium deficiency can come in all shapes and sizes. Whether it’s muscle cramps, lack of sleep or the fact that you constantly feel tired, chances are that you’re not getting enough magnesium. Our naturopaths have put together their list of signs you’re lacking in magnesium.

1. You struggle to get your shut-eye.

Taking magnesium right before retiring to bed may prevent or treat insomnia, as it’s a symptom of magnesium deficiency. Magnesium has also been found to improve quality of sleep because deficiency may reduce the length or quantity of Slow-Wave Sleep (Magnesium is required for optimal Slow-Wave Sleep).

2. You often experience cramp.

Muscle Cramps and ticks (especially the eyelids and hands), weakness and muscle tension are some of the most common symptoms experienced as a result of Magnesium deficiency. Have you ever experienced muscle cramps in your legs or foot after a heavy session at the gym?  In saying that, you don’t have to be a total gym bunny to experience cramps from lacking magnesium. Other causes that deplete the body of magnesium are high stress levels.  When you’re under stress, the excretion of magnesium from the diet is equal to what is going in; so there is a high demand for magnesium.

3. You’re prone to getting migraines.

Migraine headaches may occur as a result of low levels of magnesium in the brain. Many sufferers are found to have low brain magnesium levels during migraine attacks. Supplementing with dosages of up to 600 mg per day may be beneficial for the treatment of migraine headaches.

4. You’re lethargic and irritable during the day.

Feeling ‘always tired’ is not only frustrating, but it’s a sign of magnesium    deficiency. Magnesium can facilitate energy production by enhancing the conversion of serum Glucose to Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) by transferring the necessary Phosphorus molecule to the ATP molecule. In plain English – keeping your magnesium levels in check will keep you going. Irritability and nervousness may occur as a result of magnesium deficiency and supplementing with magnesium will often alleviate nervousness and reduce anxiety

5. You experience twitching eye- lids.

Magnesium deficiency may be the underlying cause of muscular tics (one of the first signs of magnesium deficiency is Blepharospasm or tics of the eyelids). Supplementing with magnesium may alleviate these by improving the electric conduct of nerve impulses at the junctions between the nerves and muscles.

6. You’re affected by osteoporosis.

We all know magnesium is important for muscular health, but it is also interesting to note the importance of magnesium for bone health. Osteoporosis may occur as a result of Magnesium deficiency and women afflicted with Osteoporosis have been shown to have significantly lower Bone Magnesium than healthy women. It’s hugely important to bone health as up to 64% of the body's Magnesium is concentrated in the bones.

7. You suffer from asthma.

Did you know that Asthma may occur as a result of magnesium deficiency? Magnesium may reduce the bronchoconstriction associated with Asthma by relaxing the smooth muscle around the bronchial tubes.

8. You’re particularly irritable at that time of the month.

Did you know that menstruation may deplete your magnesium levels? Upping your intake of magnesium may alleviate irritability, fatigue, depression and edema associated with Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (PMS). This form of PMS is known as PMS-C (Cravings).

9. You’ve suffered from morning sickness.

Women who experience morning sickness are often found to have abnormally low magnesium levels, indicating that deficient levels may be a contributing factor.

10. Or a prostate disorder?

Magnesium deficiency may cause premature ejaculation and deficiency could actually be an underlying cause of chronic prostatitis and prostate disorders.


The remedy?

Our naturopaths suggest Magnesium in dosages of between 200 - 1,000 mg per day. It’s important to remember that when using magnesium supplements, you may not notice an improvement until after 4-10 days.

Magnesium Ultra with superior absorption is better utilised in the body because it contains more easily absorbable forms of magnesium plus added vitamins. Opti Mag Powder offers a high dose of absorbable Magnesium, along with extra important nutrients for optimal muscle function and energy in the body (including glutamine, malic acid, carnitine, taurine and B vitamins).


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