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Ten Signs that Show You Are Magnesium Deficient

Updated on January 12, 2016

Ten Signs that Show You Are Magnesium Deficient

Magnesium is an important mineral which is responsible for over 300 different metabolic processes within the body. It is a very effective anti-inflammatory mineral that offers optimum protection against different illnesses. This nutrient is important for healthy bones, good blood circulation, restful sleep, proper nerve functioning, a strong immune system, heart and muscle health and proper digestion of the carbohydrates. It also helps in the regulation of blood pressure, absorption of vitamin D and many more. Ideally, magnesium deficiency is associated with specific symptoms and conditions. The following the top 10 signs which indicate that you are magnesium deficient:

10. An Unpleasant Body Odor

Should you suddenly start experiencing an excessive sweating or having an unpleasant body smell, chances are that you have low magnesium levels within your body. This mineral normally helps in the neutralization of odor-producing chemicals and controlling sweat-gland activity. Moreover, it also assists in preventing excessive sweating at night. If you want to prevent the unpleasant body odor, simply take magnesium supplements or eat foods which are rich in magnesium. It is also important to maintain good hygiene.

9. Difficulty in Concentrating and Loss of Memory

Learning and memory are very important brain functions that are also affected by magnesium levels in the body. This nutrient is critical to the proper functioning of our nervous system. Moreover, it also has an impact on a person’s learning abilities, working memory, and even the short-term and long-term memories. Magnesium also increases one’s attention span and reduces mental confusion. Studies have also shown that increase in brain magnesium helps in improving learning and memory functions. On the other hand, low levels of magnesium can result in heavy metal deposition in the brain, which can in turn increase the risks of multiple sclerosis, the Parkinson’s as well as Alzheimer’s disease.

8. Insomnia

Just in case you are finding it hard to fall asleep or you do not actually feel like you had rested enough after so many hours of sleeping, it could be a clear indication that you have insufficient magnesium in the body. Ideally, magnesium is the best relaxation mineral that helps the body as well as the mind to relax, which contributes to having restful sleep. Magnesium deficiency tends to affect the normal functioning of gamma-aminobutyric acid in the brain. It is an essential neurotransmitter, which enables one’s brain to go into the restful state, enabling them to have sound sleep.

7. High Blood Pressure

Various studies have also shown that magnesium can affect your blood pressure. For example, low magnesium levels can result in high blood pressure also known as hypertension. The mineral works as a muscle vasodilator, which helps to keep blood vessels both soft and pliable. Moreover, this mineral also helps in promoting sound sleep as well as relaxation.

6. Fatigue and Weakness

Magnesium deficiency can also lead to fatigue and general weakness. A person may experience reduction in the physical or muscle strength, which might force them to use extra effort when performing their normal daily activities. In addition, magnesium plays a very significant role in breaking down body glucose into energy. This in turn boosts metabolism and fights fatigue and weakness. The nutrient also helps in regulating the metabolism of other essential minerals like vitamin C, copper, zinc, calcium, potassium, and phosphorus, which helps in providing energy to a person’s body.

5. The Loss of Appetite

Loss of appetite can also be as a result of low magnesium levels within the body. Magnesium helps the body to effectively digest, absorb as well as utilize proteins, carbohydrates and fats. Improper absorption of these minerals can prevent the internal system from functioning properly, which may lead to loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting.

4. Restlessness, Anxiety and Depression

If you suddenly start feeling lethargic, restless, irritable and depressed without any known reason, this might be due to a nutritional deficiency such as magnesium. The mineral helps to keep you calm and relaxed. Many studies have proved that magnesium deficiency causes behavior disturbances, irritability, and depression, which are reversible by magnesium repletion. By increasing your magnesium intake you can reduce anxiety, alleviate nervousness as well as general irritation and restlessness. It also induces sleep, which helps especially when one is under depression.

3. Abnormal Heart Rhythms

Irregular heart rhythms also point to low magnesium levels in the body. The mineral helps in ensuring that the heart functions properly and supports rhythmic heart activity as well. It also enhances blood circulation in the body. In addition, magnesium aids in the transportation of calcium and potassium ions across cell membranes, which is critical to normal heart rhythms.

2. Frequent Migraines

Recurrent migraine attacks, might also be signs of magnesium deficiency. In particular, low brain magnesium, plays a significant role in migraine attacks. Note that treatment of migraines during pregnancy requires extreme care, and magnesium is a safer option compared to other more powerful prescription medications. Other migraine patients may also be treated using magnesium. Moreover, the nutrient can also be used to treat menstrual migraines.

1. The Muscle Spasms and Cramps

Regular spasms and cramps are the key symptoms of magnesium deficiency. Magnesium is important for muscle health. It is helps in stimulating calcium re-uptake, which in turn aids in preventing cramps as well as maintaining strong muscles. In addition it increases the absorption of potassium, which is quite key to proper muscle functionality. Magnesium also helps in reducing the muscle pain by blocking pain receptors in a person’s brain and nervous system. If you are experiencing muscle cramps more often, you need to check the magnesium level in your body. It important to note that frequent muscle-twitching such as eye-twitching, may also be due to magnesium deficiency.

Various research findings have shown that most people do not actually take in enough magnesium. Causes of magnesium deficiency may include poorly controlled diabetes, long-term diarrhea, an unhealthy diet, excessive alcohol intake, and chronic vomiting. The above signs can help you know when you are experiencing magnesium deficiency order to take the most appropriate measures.

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      stella vadakin 17 months ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      I have a very big interest in this article. I have most of these symptoms, muscle cramps, high blood presser, restlessness, and Parkinson. A thought to get this checked. Thanks

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      Shadrack2 17 months ago

      You need to take foods rich in magnesium then

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      Elsie Hagley 17 months ago from New Zealand

      Interesting article, I have most of those problems, now, what do I need to eat to correct these symptoms?

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      Shadrack2 16 months ago

      Hi Elsie, you need to eat foods that are rich in magnesium such as Almonds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, bananas and many more

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      Shadrack2 16 months ago

      Hi Elsie, you need to eat foods that are rich in magnesium such as Almonds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, bananas and many more

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      Shaloo Walia 16 months ago

      Informative hub!

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      Shadrack2 16 months ago

      Thanks Swalia

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      Nancy Yager 16 months ago from Hamburg, New York

      I found this article to be very interesting. They say that most people are magnesium deficient.

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      Shadrack2 16 months ago

      That is very true Lipnancy

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      Diana L Pierce 16 months ago from Potter County, Pa.

      This is a good collection of what benefits we get from magnesium. But beware that, too much magnesium can be just as bad. Good topic. Thanks for posting this. I'm looking forward to more of your informative hubs.

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      Jean DAndrea 16 months ago from Victoria, Australia

      Interesting article. As a migraine sufferer, I've recently started taking a magnesium supplement. Too early to say if it's working, but hopefully it will.

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      Shadrack2 16 months ago

      Snakesmum It takes some time for you to start seeing its effect

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      Claire Raymond 15 months ago from UK

      Wow, I think I might need to head to the chemist as I have been experiencing most of these symptoms! Thank you!

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      Shadrack2 15 months ago

      Claire-louise if that is the case you surely need to see a specialist.

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      Rolly A Chabot 14 months ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Shadrack2... great article, magnesium was added to my daily intake a few years back as a counter to having migraines. Certainly has helped... you have wrapped it all up well here... I had much to learn of the many benefits... Thank you

      Canadian wave

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      Shadrack2 14 months ago

      You are always welcome Rolly A Chabot

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      Nicolette Goff 14 months ago from British Columbia

      Great article - we've added magnesium citrate as a before-bed drink, and I've found it definitely helps me sleep longer and better.

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      Shadrack2 14 months ago

      Nolimits Nana really? That is so awesome. Yeah it really works.

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