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Magnesium Deficiency Symptoms in Women

Updated on January 28, 2011

 Magnesium deficiency
Magnesium deficiency or hypomagnesia is the intake of dietary magnesium below minimal levels which may result in various symptoms and diseases. Magnesium is a trace mineral that is essential for proper functioning of the body. Magnesium helps to maintain normal muscle and nerve function, healthy immune system and strong bones. Below you will find magnesium deficiency symptoms in women.

Magnesium deficiency symptoms in women
Magnesium deficiency symptoms in women

 Signs and symptoms of magnesium deficiency in women:

Some of the early symptoms of magnesium deficency in women may include muscle tremors, lethargy, higher levels of irritability, confusion, depression, migraine headaches, development of anxiety, insomnia, feeling of tightness in the chest, muscle cramps, irregular heartbeat, bowel problems such as crohn's disease and irritable bowel syndrome. Other symptoms of magnesium deficency in women may include kideny stones, vitamin k deficiency, numbness and tingling in the extremities, palpitations, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, nervous irritability, increased sensitivity to stress, asthma,  seizures and some forms of cancer. Women may experience tenderness in the breasts and changes in the menstrual cycle.

Causes of magnesium deficiency:

  • Decreased magnesium intake or absorption
  • Chronic diarrhea and vomitting can lead to magnesium deficiency
  • Excessive alcohol intake
  • Gastrointestinal problems can cause magnesium depletion by preventing the body from using the magnesium in food.
  • Certain medications used for treating cancer may lead to loss of magnesium from the body
  • Severe dehydration

Diagnsois of magnesium deficiency:

It is diagnosed by simple blood test by your health care provider. A modest deficiency may be restored to normal, by taking magnesium rich foods in your diet. If your magnesium levels in blood is low, your doctor may prescribe magnesium supplements
or intravenous drip.

Magnesium rich foods
Magnesium rich foods

How to prevent magnesium deficency:

1. Eat grains and legumes such as oat bran, wheat flour, brown rice, barley, black beans, soy beans, kidney beans, baked beans, lentils and lima beans. These are packed with tons of magnesium. For example half cup of black beans contains 60 mg of magnesium.

2. Try to include green leafy vegeatbles in your diet such as spincah, okra, artichokes, kale, peas, broccoli and beet greens.

3. Consume magnesium rich fruits such as bananas, prunes, raisins, avocado and dried figs.

4. Nuts such as almonds, peanuts, cashews and Brazil nuts are rich in magnesium.

5. Fish such as halibut contains large amounts of magnesium.

6. Dairy products are also loaded with magnesium. Some of them are milk, yogurt and chocolate milk.

7. Herbs contains magnesium which include dried coriander, spearmint, basil, chives, sage and savory.


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      Moon Daisy 4 years ago from London

      A very interesting article for me, because I have most of these deficiency symptoms. We buy loads of kale for our guinea pigs, and it looks like I need to start eating it myself!

      I don't eat wheat, so it looks like that probably isn't helping, and I really don't eat many of the other magnesium sources, besides bananas and avocados. Looks like I need to change a few things..

      Thanks a lot for writing this article, I bet lots of people have these issues.

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      devin 6 years ago

      Taking a magnesium supplement has been completely life changing. I was experiencing pmdd or severe pms for years and this along with taking evening primrose oil has really helped with the physical and emotional symptoms I was having for 1-2 weeks every month.

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 6 years ago from USA

      This is a very well written hub. Thanks for the information!

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      BlissfulWriter 6 years ago

      I like getting my magnesium from kale and my multi-vitamin has magnesium in it. I talked about importance of magnesium as well:

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      fucsia 7 years ago

      Very often the magnesium deficiency , with all the symptoms you have described, is confused with a normal premenstrual syndrome. To women who suffer of this syndrome I recommend try to take magnesium ( through food or supplements): it seems a miracle!

      Thanks for this useful Hub!!

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      Tammy Cornett 7 years ago from Ohio

      My pregnant daughter was recently diagnosed with this, after having some of the symptoms you listed above! It's something you just don't even think about until it happens.

      Good informative hub--thanks so much for getting the info out there! :)

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      sarclair 7 years ago

      Thanks for sharing! I think this information will be good for a number of women. What percentage of the population has this deficiency? I am thinking it is going to be higher than what we expected.