Due to extremely depleted soil nutrients, bad dietary choices and pharmaceutical drug use, many people today are magnesium deficient. Magnesium is essential for all body systems and deficiency has been linked to a multitude of chronic illnesses and certain diseases if left untreated. The best way to find out whether you are deficient or not (and by how much) is through testing. If you suffer any of the following symptoms, try increasing your magnesium intake and see if you find any relief.
Magnesium deficiency can trigger or cause symptoms such as muscle cramping and spasms, constipation, increased anxiety levels, depression, asthma, fatigue, insomnia, headaches or migraines and tooth decay. Long term magnesium deficiency may also contribute to more serious health problems such as heart disease, bowel disease, cystitis, diabetes, musculoskeletal conditions, nerve problems, obstetrics, hypertension, hypoglycemia and blood clots.
The following are some health benefits of magnesium:
- Alleviates gastrointestinal discomfort and disease
- Regulates healthy blood sugar levels
- Better sleep
- Maintains a healthy heart
- Nurtures healthy bones
- Powerful detoxifier
- Greatly decreases your risk of developing cancer
- Helps to prevent stroke and heart disease
- Relieves period pain and restless legs syndrome
- Relaxes the nervous system
- Can help to lower cholesterol
- Bigger, stronger muscles
- Better flexibility
- Bone integrity and strength
- Remineralizes teeth
- Alkalizes the body
- Aids in hydration
- Helps to relieve constipation
- Aids in enzyme function
- Helps with maintenance of diabetes
If attainable, the best source of magnesium is through whole living foods, however as most soils (even some organic) are so heavily depleted of nutrients these days, levels may not be up to standard so high-quality supplementation may be required as an additional source. If you require supplementation, speak to a professional about what type of magnesium will be best for you, as there are many different formulas that work differently with each individual. Ensure you are taking the correct dosage, as excessive supplementation may lead to diarrhea, upset stomach and can interfere with certain types of medications.
Some of the best food-based sources of natural magnesium include chlorophyll, seaweed, raw cacao, coriander leaf, dried pumpkin seeds, almond butter, dark leafy greens such as kale, tahini and oily fish such as mackerel.