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7 Commonly Mistaken Signs Of Magnesium Deficiency You Need To Watch Out For

7 Commonly Mistaken Signs Of Magnesium Deficiency You Need To Watch Out For

Not many of us are aware of the vital role played by magnesium. A deficiency of the mineral can lead to the improper functioning of the body.

The body works with the help of nutrients and minerals. The combination of both is inevitable for the proper functioning of all the organs. An important mineral responsible for helping our body sync well is magnesium. We might be surprised to know that every cell in our body contains the minerals and is responsible for its proper functioning. While 60% of magnesium found in the body is present in the bones, the rest is found in the muscles, soft tissues and fluids.

Therefore, the mineral is vital for us. However, not everyone is aware of its importance and it is often overlooked even by medical practitioners. According to a study, about 75% of Americans are not meeting the recommended intake of magnesium. Unbalanced diet, medications that deplete magnesium and chronic gut problems like leaky gut syndrome are responsible for low levels of magnesium in the body. An understanding of the symptoms will help you figure out if your body is running low on the mineral.

1. Muscle cramps and spasms

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According to Healthline, twitches, tremors, and muscle cramps are signs of magnesium deficiency. In some serious cases, it may even cause seizures or convulsions. People suffering from magnesium deficiency are usually given supplements, however, it is not found to be that effective in older adults. Women, in particular, should intake adequate amounts of magnesium because it helps ease period cramps and premenstrual symptoms according to mindbodygreen.com. In fact, magnesium supplement tablets are often prescribed for the same.

2. Weak bones

Strong healthy bones require sufficient amounts of magnesium. According to Healthline, the deficiency of this mineral can weaken the bones, lower the bone density and increase the risk of fractures. It also lowers the calcium levels in the blood. According to mindbodygreen.com, a controlled study found that the intake of 300 milligrams of magnesium supplements increased the bone mineral content when consumed for a year.

3. Heart problems

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Heart attacks and heart problems are quite common today. Mindbodygreen.com reports that a study published by the American Journal of Cardiology found that the low intake of magnesium can increase the risk of coronary heart disease by 50 to 80 percent. The deficiency of magnesium is responsible for heart arrhythmia, or irregular heartbeat. This is one of the most serious symptoms of magnesium deficiency, according to Healthline. Patients with congestive heart failure and arrhythmia treated with magnesium injections showed significant improvements. Magnesium supplements may also make a difference. 

4. Migraines and headaches

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Migraines and headaches are a frequent problem. It is known to affect 39 million men, women, and children. About 50 percent of people suffering from migraines were found to be magnesium deficient. Mindbodygreen.com reports that about 60 percent of people experience genetic changes that decrease the ability of the body to metabolize magnesium. This, in turn, relaxes the blood vessels in the brain. A supply of ionized magnesium was found to reduce the pain within 15 minutes in more than 80 percent of patients.

5. Low thyroid hormone

Magnesium plays an important role in the production of thyroid hormones, T3 and T4. The mineral stimulates the gland to increase the production of T4 and also changes T4 to T3. Therefore, it is vital for the proper functioning of the gland. According to the website Thyroid Advisor, hypothyroidism tends to be closely linked to magnesium deficiencies. It is important for the overall hormonal balance. When the body has sufficient levels of magnesium, it helps produce more thyroid hormone and also prevents its overproduction, thus maintaining the balance. 

6. Sleep Troubles

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People who suffer from insomnia and sleep troubles are found to have a relaxed sleep cycle after the intake of magnesium supplements. The mineral allows the body and brain to remain relaxed by activating the parasympathetic nervous system. It regulates the neurotransmitters, sends signals to the brain and regulates the melatonin hormone responsible for the sleep-wake cycles in the body.

7. Depression 

The mineral plays a vital role in brain function and mood. The deficiency of magnesium is closely linked to the increased risk of depression. A study found that people under the age of 65 with low levels of magnesium were at a 22 percent greater risk of depression. A daily dose of magnesium was found to improve moods as effectively as an antidepressant drug.

What to do if you have low levels of magnesium? 

If you find any of these symptoms, talk to the doctor and get it tested. If you are deficient, boost your magnesium levels with foods such as almonds, salmon, avocados and dark chocolates. Supplements can also help boost the levels of magnesium in the body, however, they can cause diarrhea and other problems. Therefore, starting with small dosages are better. 

References:

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/magnesium-deficiency-101
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/magnesium-and-sleep#section2 

https://thyroidadvisor.com/benefits-magnesium-thyroid/
https://migraineresearchfoundation.org/about-migraine/migraine-facts/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25748766
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/10-proven-magnesium-benefits#section3
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/magnesium-deficiency-symptoms#section6
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8550360
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26675817

Disclaimer : This article is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.