Magnesium is used in over 300 metabolic functions, and it’s so important it’s sometimes referred to as the “master mineral”. But it’s often missing from even a healthy diet. Most adults consume less than the recommended dietary allowance (RDA), which is the bare minimum you need.
As you can see from the graph below, the consumption of magnesium has steadily declined the past 100 years. Two theories are that it is being filtered out of our water supply and that our food is often grown in magnesium-depleted soil.
Another factor that could lead to widespread deficiency is that stress causes you to excrete magnesium in your urine like crazy. And who isn’t under stress?
Magnesium Deficiency Symptoms
Some medical experts believe that magnesium deficiency is becoming a widespread issue. One of the most obvious signs of magnesium deficiency are sleep issues. People with low magnesium are prone to tossing and turning, leg cramps, muscle twitches, and that “ache all over” feeling when they try to get to sleep. In extreme cases, they develop restless leg syndrome.
Other signs are lack of focus, low energy, heart palpitations, and inability to deal with stress.
There is evidence that fibromyalgia, a poorly understood but potentially debilitating disorder, could be due to lack of magnesium. Primary symptoms of this disorder are fatigue and overall pain. Secondary symptoms include memory and cognitive impairment, depression, anxiety, and chemical sensitivities.
Oh, and I don’t want to forget chocolate cravings. If you’re like me and would like to make chocolate chips a condiment alongside salt and pepper, you may need more magnesium!
Benefits of Magnesium
Here are some of the benefits you can expect when you add magnesium supplementation:
- Improved mental focus
- Reduced cravings for drugs and alcohol
- Improved mood
- Relief from depression
- Relaxed muscles
- Steady energy levels
- Restful sleep
- Balanced response to stress
Supplements to Try
One study sponsored by the National Institutes of Health shows that 68% of Americans are magnesium-deficient. Other experts put the number closer to 80%. If you suspect you are one of them, I suggest you give magnesium supplementation a try. Magnesium is safe and inexpensive, and taking it offers many potential benefits.
You can pick up a cheap bottle of magnesium just about anywhere, but I don’t recommend it. Stay away from cheap oxides which are only 4% absorbed! Ditto on sulfates – this form of magnesium is found in Epsom salts and could cause stomach upset.
In desperation, I once picked up a bottle of the house brand at a well-known box store and it did zilch. I really should have known better.
One of my favorite supplement companies, Wellness Resources, offers two magnesium formulations for different sets of symptoms:
- If you are stressed during the day and can’t sleep at night, try Wellness Resources RelaxaMag . It contains magnesium bound to glycine, an amino acid that acts as a relaxing neurotransmitter.
- If you suffer with muscle fatigue, muscle tightness, twitchy muscles, or cramps, Wellness Resources Muscle Mag contains 3 forms of magnesium bound to malic acid which reduces lactic acid formation in muscles. This supplement can help you get to sleep if uncomfortable muscles are keeping you awake.
Having Unhealthy Food Cravings? Here Is What Your Body Really Wants at NaturalNews.com
Is Fibromyalgia Due to a Mineral Deficiency? at PsychologyToday.com
Magnesium and the Brain: The Original Chill Pill at PsychologyToday.com
11 Types of Magnesium Explained at GlobalHealingCenter.com
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