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Magnesium deficiency?

what are some symptoms of magnesium deficiency. has anyone ever experienced this?

Early signs of magnesium deficiency include loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and weakness. As magnesium deficiency worsens, numbness, tingling, muscle contractions and cramps, seizures, personality changes, abnormal heart rhythms, and coronary spasms can occur. Severe magnesium deficiency can result in low levels of calcium in the blood (hypocalcemia). Magnesium deficiency is also associated with low levels of potassium in the blood (hypokalemia).

Many of these symptoms are general and can result from a variety of medical conditions other than magnesium deficiency. It is important to have a physician evaluate health complaints and problems so that appropriate care can be given.  (+ info)

Would a Magnesium deficiency cause your body to hoard iron?

I red once that if your body doesn't get enough of one type of mineral it will hoard another type for no reason. I have abnormally high iron levels and I also have all the basic symptoms of a magnesium deficiency.

Magnesium (Mg) is a trace mineral that is known to be required for several hundred different functions in the body. A significant portion of the symptoms of many chronic disorders are identical to symptoms of magnesium deficiency. Studies show many people in the U.S. today do not consume the daily recommended amounts of Mg. A lack of this important nutrient may be a major factor in many common health problems in industrialized countries. Common conditions such as mitral valve prolapse, migraines, attention deficit disorder, fibromyalgia, asthma and allergies have all been linked to a Mg deficiency. Perhaps not coincidentally, these conditions also tend to occur in clusters together within the same individual. A magnesium deficiency as a root cause would provide a logical explanation of why some people suffer from a constellation of these types of problems.

Allergies, Chemical Sensitivities
Anxiety and Psychiatric Disorders
Aorta Strength
Attention Deficit Disorder
Calcification of Soft Tissue Including Heart Valve

With regard to skeletal muscle, one may experience twitches, cramps, muscle tension, muscle soreness, including back aches, neck pain, tension headaches and jaw joint (or TMJ) dysfunction. Also, one may experience chest tightness or a peculiar sensation that he can't take a deep breath. Sometimes a person may sigh a lot.

Symptoms involving impaired contraction of smooth muscles include constipation; urinary spasms; menstrual cramps; difficulty swallowing or a lump in the throat-especially provoked by eating sugar; photophobia, especially difficulty adjusting to oncoming bright headlights in the absence of eye disease; and loud noise sensitivity from stapedius muscle tension in the ear.

Other symptoms and signs of magnesium deficiency and discuss laboratory testing for this common condition. Continuing with the symptoms of magnesium deficiency, the central nervous system is markedly affected. Symptoms include insomnia, anxiety, hyperactivity and restlessness with constant movement, panic attacks, agoraphobia, and premenstrual irritability. Magnesium deficiency symptoms involving the peripheral nervous system include numbness, tingling, and other abnormal sensations, such as zips, zaps and vibratory sensations.

Symptoms or signs of the cardiovascular system include palpitations, heart arrhythmias, angina due to spasms of the coronary arteries, high blood pressure and mitral valve prolapse. Be aware that not all of the symptoms need to be present to presume magnesium deficiency; but, many of them often occur together. For example, people with mitral valve prolapse frequently have palpitations, anxiety, panic attacks and premenstrual symptoms. People with magnesium deficiency often seem to be "uptight." Other general symptoms include a salt craving, both carbohydrate craving and carbohydrate intolerance, especially of chocolate, and breast tenderness.  (+ info)

What can cause a magnesium deficiency?

if i wanted to supplement with magnesium, what is the recommended dose and form? what are the dangerous side effects.

could stress or a poor diet or alcohol intake cause a deficiency?

any and all information appreciated, no matter how trivial it may seem to you, i would really appreciate any and all answers.

Poor diet.  (+ info)

What causes Magnesium deficiency and how can it be treated holistically?

What conditions are you at risk for when you are Magnesium deficient?

Gastrointestinal disorders that impair absorption such as Crohn's disease can limit the body's ability to absorb magnesium. These disorders can deplete the body's stores of magnesium and in extreme cases may result in magnesium deficiency. Chronic or excessive vomiting and diarrhea may also result in magnesium depletion [1,10].
Eating a variety of whole grains, legumes, and vegetables (especially dark-green, leafy vegetables) every day will help provide recommended intakes of magnesium and maintain normal storage levels of this mineral. Increasing dietary intake of magnesium can often restore mildly depleted magnesium levels. However, increasing dietary intake of magnesium may not be enough to restore very low magnesium levels to normal.

In which case I would suggest a magnesium supplement.  (+ info)

I strongly suspect I have a magnesium deficiency but which supplement is best?

There is like magnesium oxide, magnesium chelate, magnesium sulphide.... the list goes on! Does it matter which I use? I have pretty much all the symptoms of this, and had a very bad diet/lots of alcohol at college
the doctor can go and take a running jump. he is incompetent.

The doctor prescribed Mag-ox for me.You should take whatever your doctor prescribes...may not even be magnesium.  (+ info)

How severe can the consequences of a magnesium deficiency become?

I'll leave the details out, because they don't matter. I just want to know if a severe deficiency causes irreversible damage. (physical, neurological, etc.)

A type of cardiac arrest, known as torsades de pointes, is the most severe consequence I can think of for a magnesium deficiency. Read below for more details. There are many, many more serious consequences of hypomagnesemia, such as preeclampsia in pregnant women, asthma, and ataxia, to name a few. However, cardiac arrest gets the vote for "most severe" consequence.


Magnesium is needed for the adequate function of the Na-K-ATPase pump in the heart. A lack of it depolarises and results in tachyarrythmia. Magnesium inhibits release of potassium, a lack of magnesium increases loss of potassium. Intracellular levels of potassium decrease and the cells depolarise. Digoxin increases this effect. Both digoxin and hypomagnesemia inhibit the Na-K-pump resulting in decreased intracellular potassium.

Magnesium intravenously helps in refractory arrhythmia, most notably torsade de pointes. Others are ventricular tachycardia, supraventricular tachycardia and atrial fibrillation.

The effect is based upon decreased excitability by depolarisation and slowing down of electric signals in the AV-node. Magnesium is negative inotrope as a result of decrease calcium influx and calcium release from intracellular storage. It is just as effective as verapamil. In myocardial infarction there is a functional lack of magnesium, suppletion will decrease mortality.  (+ info)

I am trying to determine a proper dosage of magnesium to compensate for a deficiency.?

The rda for magnesium is 400mg, but if you have a deficiency I am assuming you would take more. I haven't had any luck on google with this question. I would appreciate any professional advice or a good link that deals with dosage for deficiency.

Do you know how much magnesium you are getting in your diet currently? How do you know you have a deficiency? Why don't you just buy some magnesium at the health food store and take 400 mg per day, if that's the RDA. You'll know you're taking too much magnesium if you get diarrhea. Magnesium acts as a laxative when you take too much. I recommend a product called "Ionic Fizz" with magnesium. It dissolves in water and is a yummy drink that makes it easier for your body to digest/absorb the magnesium. You can buy it at www.iherb.com.  (+ info)

Is there a medical condition that could cause a magnesium deficiency?

I suspect it's just that I don't eat a varied diet, and I've been on a low calorie regimen for years.

Research has shown that 80% of all Americans do not get a sufficient amount of magnesium in their diet. Processing food removes magnesium from its usual sources, and even softening water decreases the magnesium in our diets. Certain diseases like alcoholism, kidney malfunction, chronic diarrhea, and arteriosclerosis can affect magnesium levels in an adverse way. Some prescription hormones like hormone replacement therapy or birth-control pills can upset metabolism and cause a deficiency.

Hope this is helpful and feel free to contact me with questions.  (+ info)

When are the symptoms bad enough that you should get tested for Magnesium deficiency?

Headaches, fatigue, sluggish digestion, a range of symptoms. I have just started to take magnesium, and i feel better already, but go to a health store, as they have better quality, fast absorbant, not the ones in the supermarket, they are not as good.  (+ info)

What are the symptoms of a magnesium deficiency?

Some symptoms are uncontrollable spontaneous muscle movement (twitching), sometimes even cramps.  (+ info)

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