Health Benefits of Magnesium: Deficiency Symptoms and Foods

Magnesium rich foods help combat fatigue and moodiness.
Magnesium rich foods help combat fatigue and moodiness. | Source

What is magnesium and what does it do?

Magnesium is a mineral and is primarily found in green leafy vegetables, nuts, legumes and avocado. In the human body, it is found in our bones, teeth and in red blood cells. Magnesium is vital for the effective function of muscular, nervous and cardiovascular systems.

In addition, magnesium assists with digestive functions and can help prevent bowel irregularities. Magnesium is a common ingredient in products used for relieving indigestion or constipation. A formula of magnesium is usually given to patients as a means to cleanse the bowels prior to some surgeries, examinations and procedures.

Benefits of Magnesium

  • Maintains healthy bones, nerves and muscle.
  • Helps regulate a healthy blood pressure level.
  • Can reduce the risk of metabolic syndrome.
  • Supports cardiovascular health.
  • Supports a healthy nervous system.
  • Supports the muscular system and muscle health.
  • Supports the digestive system.
  • Can assist in maintaining mental clarity.
  • May prevent kidney stones.
  • May decrease insulin resistance.
  • Relieves fibromyalgia and reduces chronic pain.
  • Improves symptoms in asthma and emphysema.
  • Plays a role in supporting protein, calcium and potassium.

Magnesium Deficiency

Magnesium deficiency occurs when the body does not have sufficient intake of the mineral, magnesium. Also, some medications and disorders may affect the effective use, absorption and excretion of magnesium in the body.

Magnesium deficiency is not uncommon in the US. It’s particularly common among African Americans and the elderly. webmd

Symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency
Symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency | Source

Magnesium Deficiency Symptoms

Low Magnesium Symptoms:

  • Insomnia
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Hyper-excitability
  • Dizziness
  • Muscle cramps
  • Muscle spasms
  • Muscle weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Irritable
  • Irregular heartbeat

Illnesses and Potential Secondary Effects of Magnesium Deficiency: (lack of magnesium may negatively affect some of the following pre-existing conditions, diseases and disorders)

  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Diabetes (increased risk of Type 2 diabetes)
  • Migraines
  • Osteoporosis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Anorexia
  • Bulimia: diuretic and laxative abuse as well as excessive vomiting.
  • Alzheimer's
  • Dementia and Sun Downers
  • Cardiovascular Disease: Increased risk of stroke or heart attack
  • Arteriosclerosis
  • Arrhythmia
  • High LDL's (bad cholesterol)
  • Alcoholism
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Anxiety
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Leg and Hand Cramps
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Premenstrual Syndrome
  • Noise Related Hearing Loss

Severe Magnesium Deficiency may cause:

  • Hypocalcemia: low levels of calcium in the blood.
  • Hypokalemia: low levels of potassium in the blood.

Does Magnesium Aid Sleep?

Insomnia is a symptom of magnesium deficiency. Magnesium does play a very important role in aiding the body in regulating slow. Of course there are many factors that can provoke insomnia but magnesium does play a role in how the body reacts to the need for sleep.

Magnesium affects muscle relaxation, diffuses adrenaline and directly affects the function of GABA receptors. GABA is the neurotransmitter that calms the brain and reduces anxiety. It reduces tension and works hand in hand with serotonin levels to help us find calmness. Plus, if you keep an eye on your diet you can further aid the process by adding melatonin inducing foods. The sweet combination of GABA, serotonin, melatonin, magnesium and other nutrients will help your body clock, heart and muscles work as they are meant to be.

So yes, magnesium does aid in regulating the body and its sleep cycle but we must also find a healthy balance in what we eat. All of these vital nutrients work together to help our brain regulate when we must be alert and when we must wind down. So be sure you are getting enough calcium and potassium too.

Who needs more magnesium?

In addition to those affected by the symptoms above, the following populations need more magnesium:

Diabetics: Diabetics with poorly controlled sugar generally have increased urine. Magnesium loss in urine is associated with hyperglycemia.

Alcoholics: 30% through 60% of alcoholics display low levels of magnesium. In addition, 90% of patients tested during alcohol withdrawal have shown significantly lower levels of magnesium.

Other populations, which may benefit from magnesium awareness:

  • Patients with Crohn's Disease
  • Those with Gluten Sensitivity
  • Older adults

Magnesium Rich Foods

Combat the many symptoms of magnesium deficiency with magnesium rich foods. Symptoms include; dizziness, moodiness, memory issues and fatigue.
Combat the many symptoms of magnesium deficiency with magnesium rich foods. Symptoms include; dizziness, moodiness, memory issues and fatigue. | Source

Herbs with magnesium content:

  • coriander
  • chives
  • cumin
  • spearmint
  • dill
  • basil
  • savory


  • Whole Grains: buckwheat, oats, oat bran, barley, wheat, quinoa.
  • Legumes: black beans, white beans, soybeans and navy beans are highest in magnesium.
  • Lentils
  • Spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Squash
  • Corn
  • Potatoes
  • Kale
  • Varieties of lettuce and salad greens (dark greens and reds are preferred)
  • Almonds
  • Cashews
  • Brazil nuts
  • Pine nuts
  • Peanuts
  • Pistachios
  • Walnuts
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Flax seeds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Avocados
  • Artichokes
  • Bananas
  • Blueberries
  • Pineapple
  • Strawberries
  • Figs
  • Red meats
  • Fish: halibut, cod and tuna
  • Dairy: low fat milk and yogurt
  • Tofu
  • Chocolate (preferably dark chocolate)
  • Tomato
  • Molasses
  • Peanut butter

Precaution

Patients with kidney disease should not take magnesium supplements without a doctor's supervision.

  • Magnesium is excreted by the kidneys.

Magnesium and Medications

Interactions: According to the Office of Dietary Supplements: The National Institutes of Health and the University of Maryland Medical Center, magnesium supplements may affect some medications. In addition, some medications may affect how the body uses, stores or excretes magnesium. Caution and awareness should be observed when taking diuretics, blood pressure medications, antibiotics and anti-neoplastic medications (used to treat cancer). The following medications have been identified as a possible interaction:

  • Diuretics: Lasix, Bumex, Edecrin and hydrochlorothiazide. Some of these products and ingredients are used in-conjunction with high blood pressure medication. Be aware of muscle cramping when using these products. It may be a signal you need more magnesium. Interestingly, magnesium has been found to regulate blood pressure levels together with potassium. Two minerals, which may be lost with diuretics and dehydration.
  • Blood Pressure Medications: Aamlodipine (Norvasc), Diltiazem (Cardizem), Felodipine (Plendil) and Verapamil (Calan).
  • Antibiotics: Gentamicin, Ciprofloxacin (Cipro), Moxifloxacin (Avelox), Tetracycline (Sumycin), Doxycycline (Vibramycin), Minocycline (Minocin) and Amphotericin.
  • Anti-neoplastic medication: Cisplatin.

Magnesium: Recommended Daily Allowance

AGE
MALES
FEMALES
Ages 1 through 3
80 mg - daily
80 mg - daily
Ages 4 through 8
130 mg - daily
130 mg - daily
Ages 9 through 13
240 mg - daily
240 mg - daily
Ages 14 through 18
410 mg - daily
360 mg - daily
Ages 19 through 30
400 mg - daily
310 mg - daily
Ages 31 and above
420 mg - daily
320 mg - daily
Note, the RDA for magnesium changes for men and women upon entering adolescence and adulthood. Data developed by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

Interesting magnesium facts:

  • Magnesium is required in 300 biochemical reactions in the human body.
  • 50% of magnesium in the human body is found in the bone.
  • A diet high in fat may limit the absorption of magnesium by the body.
  • Heavily cooked foods may lose significant magnesium content.
  • Excessive sweating may lead to magnesium deficiency.
  • The center of the chlorophyll molecule contains magnesium. (chlorophyll gives off the green color found in green leafy vegetables)
  • Whole grains have more magnesium than refined grains.
  • A chocolate craving may be an indicator of low magnesium in the body.
  • Hard water from the tap contains more magnesium than soft water.
  • Patients suffering from kidney disease are commonly unable to excrete excessive amounts of magnesium.
  • A diet high in magnesium, potassium and calcium have been clinically proven to reduce high blood pressure.
  • Magnesium is needed for effective carbohydrate metabolism and may affect insulin and the control of blood sugar.
  • Studies have shown higher blood levels of magnesium reduced the risk of coronary heart disease.
  • Magnesium affects the metabolism of calcium. Studies show magnesium supplements may improve bone density in postmenopausal women.
  • Intravenous (IV) administered magnesium is a common treatment in preeclampsia and eclampsia patients. It is said to help control and prevent seizures in these patients.
  • Magnesium combined with B12 has been shown to improve PMS. Especially bloating, swelling and breast tenderness.

References

  • WebMD.com
  • Dr.Well.com
  • University of Maryland Medical Center: Magnesium
  • Office of Dietary Supplements: National Institues of Health: Magnesium
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service. 2011. USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 24. Nutrient Data Laboratory Home Page.
  • Ramsay LE, Yeo WW, Jackson PR. Metabolic effects of diuretics. Cardiology 1994;84 Suppl 2:48-56.
  • Tucker KL, Hannan MT, Chen H, Cupples LA, Wilson PW, Kiel DP. Potassium, magnesium, and fruit and vegetable intakes are associated with greater bone mineral density in elderly men and women. Am J Clin Nutr 1999;69(4):727-36.
  • Shechter M, Merz CN, Paul-Labrador M, Meisel SR, Rude RK, Molloy MD, Dwyer JH, Shah PK, Kaul S. Oral magnesium supplementation inhibits platelet-dependent thrombosis in patients with coronary artery disease. American Journal of Cardiology 1999;84:152-6.
  • Shechter M, Sharir M, Labrador MJ, Forrester J, Silver B, Bairey Merz CN. Oral magnesium therapy improves endothelial function in patients with coronary artery disease. Circulation 2000;102:2353-58.
  • Ascherio A, Rimm EB, Hernan MA, Giovannucci EL, Kawachi I, Stampfer MJ, Willett WC. Intake of potassium, magnesium, calcium, and fiber and risk of stroke among US men. Circulation 1998;98:1198-204.
  • Ford ES, Mokdad AH. Dietary magnesium intake in a national sample of U.S. adults. J Nutr. 2003;133:2879-82. Fox C, Ramsoomair D, Carter C. Magnesium: its proven and potential clinical significance. [Review]. South Med J. 2001;94(12):1195-1201
  • Institute of Medicine. Food and Nutrition Board. Dietary Reference Intakes: Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Vitamin D and Fluoride. National Academy Press. Washington, DC, 2004.

Disclaimer: The information provided in this hub should not be construed as personal medical advice or instruction. Please consult a physician for medical and dietary advice and treatment. Magnesium Deficiency should not be assumed or treated without the supervision of a medical professional.

© 2012 Marisa Hammond Olivares

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ALUR profile image

ALUR 4 years ago from USA

Great article and quite informative. I understand that it can help with bloating and menstrual pains....


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Ericdierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

What is the connection with Calcium? I think I heard one without the other passes through our system to fast.


kelleyward 4 years ago

MissOlive this is a fantastic hub full of useful information. I'm going to add this to my anxiety hub where I talk about mineral deficiencies. Voted up! Kelley


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Angelo52 4 years ago from Central Florida

Excellent article with a lot of information on magnesium. To have enough or not to have enough seems to be the question. Your list of foods with magnesium includes many of which I eat on a daily basis.


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

Excellent information on magnesium. I think the list of foods is really important. I remember when I was working as a nurse and having patients low in magnesium, sometimes with serious consequences. Very useful hub.


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wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

Appreciate the hard work you put into this hub.


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

What a beautiful, fantastic, well-researched, well-laid-out hub! How awesome! Yes, I'm now craving chocolate, too. Though, I admit I love the milk chocolate kind...dark chocolate is better for you, I know. But this is an incredible hub and you consulted many sources - I'd believe it if you told me gummy bears had magnesium! LOL. Many votes and shared!


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Sinea Pies 4 years ago from Northeastern United States

This is a superb article, Missolive. WOW! Everyone needs to read it for the important content but, above that, writers should study it for the depth of information, easy-t0-read layout and high value for the reader! Voted up, useful, tweeted, liked and shared. In fact, I'm Stumbling this one, too.


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molometer 4 years ago

Hi Marisa,

A very detailed and well researched hub, on the benefits of magnesium in our diets.

It is astonishing what a simple deficiency can lead to.

The symptoms to look out for, and the foods that contain this essential mineral are well documented here. Well done as always.

Michael votes and sharing.


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Curiad 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

This is well written and very informative!


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DS Duby 4 years ago from United States, Illinois

I definitely need magnesium! Voted up, useful and interesting


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missolive 4 years ago from Texas Author

ALUR, thank you. Yes, magnesium is documented in relieving PMS issues. Especially bloating, swelling and breast tenderness.

ErickDierker, Great question. Magnesium and calcium help the body absorb sugar and convert it to energy. A study showed patients with higher levels of calcium and magnesium in their diets had a more effective metabolism of sugar and had better insulin sensitivity.

Kelleyward, Thank you so much for doing that. Your hubs are very well written and informative. I've linked to your anxiety hub as well. Glad to see you.

Angelo52, one should definitely have enough magnesium. Attaining this vital mineral is best through diet, but supplements are available too. Too much of anything is never good though. I'm glad to hear you include many of the foods listed in your diet.

Pamela99, thank you for your testimony. My mother in law just endured a 3 month hospital stay due to several surgeries. Magnesium levels were of great concern during her recovery. I'm happy to hear you find the food list and overall hub useful. Thanks so much for stopping by to read and comment.

wetnosedogs, thank you so much! The data and research was truly fascinating. There is so much to learn and share.

cclitgirl, Cyndi! LoL! You are such a joy and always make me laugh and smile. Hey, they do make gummy vitamins with minerals. :) Thank you so much for your wonderful comment and support. By the way, I like milk chocolate too. I've been building up my palate for dark chocolate though. It takes some getting used to.

Sinea Pies, Wow! What a wonderful compliment. Thank you so much. I wanted to make this as easy to read as possible. You really made my day.

molometer, Hi Michael, isn't it amazing how one mineral can affect the body? Thank you so much for your comment and I truly appreciate your votes and sharing. By the way, I've linked your wonderful, Benefits of Strawberries hub to this hub. Readers can find it when they click the word strawberry. Great info!

Curiad, Thank you! I truly appreciate that. Thanks for reading and commenting.

DS Duby, thank you for reading and the votes too. Make sure to keep this important mineral in your daily diet. So glad to see you came by. Thanks again.


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

I am big on any ways to improve health with natural means. This is a really good hub on magnesium and certainly complete. I am going to bookmark it to return for details. Very good and Voted UP.


Lynn S. Murphy 4 years ago

Very interesting and something I'm going to look into. I do like to use natural means as opposed to fixing everything with a pill.


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missolive 4 years ago from Texas Author

carol7777, me too! It is nice to know there are foods out there with all the natural minerals and vitamins we need. Natural nutrients make perfect sense. Thank you so much for your comment and votes.

Lynn S. Murphy, I'm thrilled you found this interesting and you are also looking at a nutritious diet to meet your magnesium needs. I've had enough pills and I'm enjoying the research. Thank you for reading and commenting.


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore

Wow !! Excellent hub my friend. This has everything you need to know. Very interesting !!! this I never know but now I do. Thank you for posting this and I sent a link to you on FB also. Let me know. I have 350 hubs to choose from :)

Great Job as always!!!


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Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Along with magnesium, a supplement should contain enough zinc to help your body heal. I doubt anyone gets enough zinc in their diet.


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missolive 4 years ago from Texas Author

the clean life, thank you! I have updated the hub with a couple of links to your hubs. Thanks again for your support and great comment. I appreciate it.

Austinstar, Hi Lelea, zinc is important too. Although, I do remember my grandmother overdoing it with zinc supplements and she was an unusual shade of orange. More than a bit disturbing.


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Randall Pruitt 4 years ago from Georgia

Nice hub. Working in healthcare I know about magnesium level deficiency and what it can do. With magnesium deficiency it can also affect EKG rhythm and what it looks like. Keep up the great work.


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California

I learned so much surrounding the good and bad of magnesium! The layout is spectacular which makes it really easy to find exactly what I need to know. I particularly liked finding out that foods rich in magnesium are generally high in fiber. So much knowledge here, ma'am! Up and so much more!

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missolive 4 years ago from Texas Author

Randall Pruitt, thank you for sharing your insight and experience with magnesium deficiency. Plus, thanks for the added note on EKG rhythms. I appreciate you reading and commenting on this hub.

K9keystrokes, thank you for mentioning the layout and text. I'm a 'scanner' and 'skimmer' when I surf the net. I'm sure others are too. I hope this layout helps readers find what they are looking for without being bogged down with text. It is an incredible compliment to know you could easily read through this. Yes, magnesium rich foods are usually rich in fiber too. Double benefits ey? Thanks again for the comment and of course for your wonderful 'HubHugs' :)


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

useful information, missolive :)

enjoyed reading the various foods that have it and the plus and minus points of this mineral.many votes and sharing it across


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missolive 4 years ago from Texas Author

Ruchira, Hi! Thank you. I'm thrilled you have found this hub useful and informative. There are many nutritious foods out there to keep us healthy and stable. I greatly appreciate your votes and shares - thanks again.


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

Very excellent hub, MO! I think I suffer from a little of this. Guess I better load up on the leafy greens and nuts. :) Thank you for this!


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missolive 4 years ago from Texas Author

TToombs08, thank you! Well, now you know all the foods you can enjoy to help you get your magnesium up. Glad to see you, thanks again.


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

With all the recipe hubs from you and realhousewife and others that include all these ingredients, I should be good to go! :) Who needs a doc when we've got the dream team of HubPages! :)


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Very well presented information Marisa. The variety of health conditions magnesium deficiency can lead to is mind boggling. Great that you included a long list of magnesium rich foods.

Voted up, useful and interesting.


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missolive 4 years ago from Texas Author

TToombs08, haha thank you. Yes, I was looking at the list and thinking to myself, hey, I eat most of this - regularly. Plus, these ingredients are a recipe in waiting. Thank you for reading and commenting.

rajan jolly, Hi Rajan. Thank you so very much. I'm honored. I greatly appreciate the votes to0.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

My sister suffers from kidney stones and I will have to pass on this information to her. Your hub is great news for those who want to balance their health with important nutrients. Voted up!


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missolive 4 years ago from Texas Author

teaches12345, I'm sorry to hear your sister suffers from kidney stones. I understand it is very painful. I wish her well. Thank you for forwarding this. I appreciate you reading and commenting.


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Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

Hi Miss Olive... very interesting article here and realizing I may be missing a very important need. Thanks for all the hard work you have put into this... voted across the board... Great work.

Hugs from Canada


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missolive 4 years ago from Texas Author

Rolly A Chabot, hi there! Thank you so much. Yes, magnesium is very important and vital to many functions and areas in our body. Glad to share my research with you. I appreciate the votes and wonderful comment - Cheers.


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stayingalivemoma 4 years ago from Tempe, Arizona

Hey Missolive:

This brings back memories.....I had magnesium deficiency while pregnant with my fourth child. After I delivered, the nurses came running into the room with a crash cart. They asked me how I felt....I said, "I just delivered a baby! I'm exhausted!" Little did I know, they were monitoring my heart and they said my heartbeat dropped down to like 40 beats per minute.

They did some bloodwork and found that my magnesium was low. I had to take some via IV and even some pills after I left the hospital. Now, I have vitamin D deficiency. I try to get my bloodwork checked regularly, I do have a heart condition and an irregular heartbeat. Good information. Voted up and useful!


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missolive 4 years ago from Texas Author

stayingalivemoma, wow! What an amazing experience. This gives a whole new meaning to your really neat pen name. It is interesting you did not distinguish exhaustion from a dropping heart rate. Thank goodness they had you monitored. Please take care of yourself and make sure you eat plenty of healthy food full of nutritional minerals and vitamins. Best wishes to you!


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tjdavis 4 years ago from Moscow, Texas

This hub is amazing and very informative. I have been taking magnesium supplements for years now. I take them to keep the migraines at bay. I also eat a healthy diet with lots of whole wheat and green veggies.

Thanks for this hub..voted and shared!!!


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missolive 4 years ago from Texas Author

tjdavies, thank so much. Yes, I've read how they are great for migraines and I've continued researching that area. I do greatly appreciate your comment as it may help others who suffer from migraines. Glad to hear you enjoy a healthy veggie filled diet. Thanks so much for stopping by to read and comment. I also appreciate the votes and shares. Cheers!


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ChitrangadaSharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

Excellent hub! Very useful information for everyone. I appreciate your effort/ research. Thanks for sharing.


kelleyward 4 years ago

Wow this hub is a fantastic resource. You put a lot of time in effort in this with the complete list of references etc. Voted up, interesting, useful, and shared! Kelley


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I was talking to my sister in law this morning about magnesium as I was buying calcium the other day. I had a choice of calcium or calcium with vitamin d or calcium with magnesium. I bought the straight calcium as I already take vitamin d by itself. I don't think I have a deficiency in magnesium. Excellent hub!

Sharing, voting and more.


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Thundermama 4 years ago from Canada

Really useful hub, chock-full of good info. I had no idea magnesium was so important to so many aspects of our overall health. I take a mag/cal supplement, but think I might want to review my dosage based on your article.


KDuBarry03 4 years ago

I used to have a Magnesium Deficiency and I definitely lived through some of the symptoms you mentioned. I used to take 2 hour naps between every 6 hours and have a solid 8 hour sleep on top of that. Ever since I started eating more berries and spinach, I started to feel more naturally energized. This is definitely a great and useful hub; thanks for sharing! Voted up and shared :)


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Miss Olive....This is the most complete article I have read on "Magnesium," and believe me, I have read quite a few. Actually, I have tried to become as knowledgeable as possible on minerals, in general, especially magnesium and potassium. (I've dealt with severe arrhythmias for 32 years) I am especially interested in the long list of foods that contain magnesium. You have included many more than I've seen before.

I know we can take supplements, but I prefer to go the diet route whenever possible. Having a list of more foods, makes this easier.

Very educational!! Thanks.UP++


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

Very educational hub about magnesium, magnesium deficiency, and ways to cure that deficiency naturally.

Voted up, useful, and interesting.


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BlissfulWriter 4 years ago

I agree that magnesium is an important mineral that many people are deficient in. People under stress will use up a lot of magnesium as well.


Christy Zutautas 4 years ago

Great hub! I take magnesium to reduce TMJ pain...it's great to read about all of the terrific health benefits!


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Londonlady 4 years ago

I was reading through the list of primary symptoms of Mg deficiency and of course as soon as I see a symptom I've had I automatically assume: "Oh! It must have been an MG deficiency." I think I'll be alright though, I eat a lot of spinach, so it's good to know I'm getting my Mg from that, I always thought spinach was only good for getting iron because I wrote a hub on the benefits of iron and the foods containing it and spinach was pretty high on the list. Another well researched hub, voted up!


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DDE 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

So well in detail thanks for sharing such great topics you certainly know how to keep on writing and informing us I enjoyed this read


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Monis Mas 3 years ago

Great article, so much information! I give my husband magnesium supplement daily, to help his migraines.


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RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

After reading this a while back I decided to add a quality magnesium supplement to our diets. Over a period of time I've tried it with our other supplements and alone (we regularly drink almond milk which is a high calcium food) and have definitely experienced benefits you've noted here.

The comments are worth reading through--an indication of a great hub.

BTW, I have not craved chocolate as much, but I still like it just as much so I'm sticking to my daily dose prescription as it satisfies the like and keeps me from overindulging. :)

Pinning to my Solve It: Health… board.


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Glenn Stok 23 months ago from Long Island, NY

My sister recently told me that she read somewhere that 500 mg of magnesium is also helpful for reducing tinnitus. I haven't checked this out but it may be an interesting additional benefit for tinnitus sufferers.


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missolive 23 months ago from Texas Author

Glenn Stok, thank you for this great tip. I'll be sure to check that out and include it above. I understand tinnitus is extremely uncomfortable.


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Thelma Alberts 20 months ago from Germany

A very useful and informative hub. I have been taking magnesium supplements for many years now after I have read that it is good for the muscles and to ease and relax the aching back, arms and hands. It helps me a lot after stressful hours of working as a massage therapist in the spa and I sleep well in the night after taking the magnesium supplement.


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missolive 20 months ago from Texas Author

Great testimony! I've never taken magnesium alone as a supplement but I'm glad to hear you have felt the benefits. Funny, I've never even considered the stress involved with spa employees running around making their clients stress free...oh the irony!

Thank you for reading and commenting


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Sam Shepards 8 months ago from Europe

Excellent article. When I'm suffering from tiredness it is often because I'm not taking in enough magnesium. After some time I always fail to balance my diet to get enough. When it gets to bad I adjust, but the most difficult is always to stay on track. Great information here !


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lrdl3535 7 months ago from California

Great post, I try to get as much magnesium in my daily diet as I can. But I also take a daily supplement as well.

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