Magnesium is needed for over 300 enzymatic functions in the human body. Functions run the range from nerve function, bone health, muscle function, making proteins, female reproductive system health, metabolism, blood glucose regulations and even blood pressure control.
This vital nutrient is overlooked by public health campaigns, the general public and many practitioners. Magnesium deficiency increases risk for several health conditions. According to the Journal of Intensive Care Medicine, if you end up magnesium-deficient in ICU, you’re half as likely to survive, Dr. Mark Hyman reported in the Huffington Post.
Even more alarming is that about 50 percent of Americans are deficient in magnesium, according to the 2005-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), CNN reported. This is not factoring in the percentage of people who are deficient in vitamin D, which you also need to absorb magnesium.
Magnesium deficiency is hard to detect because the human body does whatever it must to keep magnesium in a healthy range for pumping the heart, at the expense of all the other tissues in the body that need it. Thus a blood test can give a false positive.
Dietary assessment proves to be one of the best tools of detection. If you’re not consuming enough magnesium on a regular basis, you’re pulling it from your bones and other tissues. How often are you eating magnesium-rich foods: seeds, nuts and beans?
Having your blood levels of vitamin D drawn will help further assess your magnesium situation, as magnesium is dependent on vitamin D for absorption.
Signs, Symptoms & Condition Associated with Magnesium Deficiency
- Irregular, painful menstrual cycle
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Painful muscles, bones and joints
- Trouble sleeping
The list goes on ...
Who is at risk for magnesium deficiency?
- Anyone suffering from chronic pain, inflammation, headaches and/or migraines