An adult needs 300-420 mg of magnesium per day to maintain mental and physical health. But today, scientists observe magnesium deficiency in 3 out of 4 adults on the planet!
Magnesium deficiency usually occurs in people who eat a lot of protein, processed foods, and processed foods. These foods do not contain all the nutrients the body needs, and are also full of chemical additives that can be detrimental to health.
Magnesium is needed for:
- regulation of cholesterol levels in the body;
- creation and repair of DNA and RNA chains;
- production of glutathione and other antioxidants, proteins and enzymes;
- breakdown of fats.
Here are the danger signs of magnesium deficiency:
1. Severe headaches
Chronic lack of nutrients causes severe headaches. Depending on the focus of localization of pain, you can understand which vitamins the body lacks – A, B, C or D.
A characteristic sign of micronutrient deficiency is the localization of migraine in only one part of the head.
When magnesium levels are low, the blood vessels in the brain expand and constrict rapidly, which causes discomfort. Replenishing its deficiency normalizes the work of blood vessels and relieves headaches.
2. Increased trauma
Magnesium is very important for the normal functioning of the entire musculoskeletal system.
One of the main symptoms of magnesium deficiency is osteoporosis. And people with osteoporosis are more likely to get injured and have weaker muscles than others.
And all because magnesium is one of the main building blocks in the structure of muscles, along with proteins. In such a situation, it is worth taking calcium and magnesium supplements.
3. Muscle cramps and spasms
Muscle cramps and spasms can be very painful. If they are repeated often, then this is one of the main signs of a lack of magnesium.
Not only the replenishment of this element, but also a complex of vitamins B, E and D will help get rid of them.
To check the level of these trace elements in the body, consult a doctor. And to quickly relieve muscle tension, massage the painful area in a circular motion.
4. Hypertension and heart disease
In a study published in the American Journal of Hypertension, an experiment was conducted that analyzed the relationship between blood pressure levels and magnesium intake levels.
The results showed that people with the healthiest blood pressure had the highest levels of magnesium. Conversely, people with low magnesium levels had high blood pressure.
Experts say that eating foods rich in magnesium (about 100 mg per day) reduces the risk of stroke by 8%.
5. High blood sugar
Magnesium deficiency often leads to high blood sugar and even diabetes. As a result, a person constantly feels tired, no matter how much he eats.
If you have chronic fatigue and you suspect that it is adrenaline in nature, this is a sure sign of a lack of magnesium.
Magnesium is also responsible for the normal absorption of glucose and the normalization of blood sugar. Magnesium deficiency leads to abnormal blood sugar and insulin resistance.
Magnesium deficiency often causes insomnia. This substance is responsible for the ability of the brain to relax and fall asleep peacefully. If magnesium is not enough, then the relaxation function of the body fails.
The aforementioned leg cramps also interfere with normal sleep. In medicine, this is called “restless legs syndrome.” When falling asleep and during sleep, the lower limbs twitch, because of which the quality of sleep noticeably suffers.
7. Anxiety and depression
Lack of magnesium also affects the central nervous system. The symptoms can be very serious.
Anxiety, panic attacks, nervousness and agitated behavior are indicative of a magnesium deficiency.
Lack of magnesium in the body also affects the peripheral nervous system. Sometimes this leads to numbness in the hands and feet.
8. Severe muscle pain
In addition to cramps, muscle pain (fibromyalgia) can also be a sign of magnesium deficiency.
Try taking magnesium for a few days and see if the pain subsides. If so, then fibromyalgia was caused by a magnesium deficiency.
In addition to the aforementioned symptoms, magnesium deficiency often causes constipation and bowel problems.