Symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency
As with many nutrients the first signs that you are deficient may be subtle. Often the muscles are the initial indicator with twitches, or cramping essentially the inability for the muscle to relax, it can also affect the heart muscle with palpitations or fast heart rate at rest, other early signs include fatigue, vomiting, nausea, loss of appetite, weakness, numbness or tingling, personality changes.
So important is magnesium to the body that a lack can affect pretty much any of our organs. For example sensitivity to loud noise may not have any obvious connection to magnesium until you realise it's caused by a muscle tension in the ear. Muscle tension can also impair proper function in many other areas causing for example urinary spasms, menstrual cramps and difficulty swallowing. It can also affect the eyes with a light sensitivity seen most clearly with oncoming headlights.
It would be enough if magnesium only affected muscles but it also plays a major role in the central nervous system causing difficulty to sleep, restlessness including restless leg, anxiety or panic attacks, PMT and even agoraphobia to name a few.
Further magnesium has a critical role in the body's utilisation of other nutrients and in particular calcium, without sufficient magnesium, calcium can not be properly transported across cell membranes, this can result in the calcification of soft tissues. In fact without sufficient magnesium calcium becomes increasingly toxic to the body as it can not be properly absorbed and ends up being dumped all around the body. If it lodges in the brain it results in senility, in the joints it causes arthritis, in the heart it causes heart disease, it can cause cancer, kidney stones, bone spurs, osteoporosis, cataracts, dental issues, it can harden the arteries in short it is a serious problem not least because the modern western diet tends to be very high in calcium while at the same time very low in magnesium. A recipe for disaster and in fact we are seeing the results in the health of our people.
The above is just a summary of some of the problems created by a lack of magnesium the list could go on and on and is the reason that magnesium has become known as the master mineral. Insuring you get enough magnesium is one of the most important things you can do for your health.