I came across this interesting writeup on magnesium. The list of symptoms of magnesium deficiency is extensive somce magnesium is involved in most of the bodies processes so is key. They include constipation, muscle cramps, high blood pressure, anxiety, migraines and many more. The referenced article says that “Magnesium is life” and everyone is deficient. They are right, as the body controls magnesium levels in the blood very tightly or you get very ill.
To answer the title question, my guess is yes. I know that I am deficient even though I take magnesium
MAGNESIUM DEFICIENCY Symptoms
This article lists all the symptons of magnesium deficiency as:
High blood pressure (Hypertension)
Chronic back pain
Anxiety disorders such as OCD
Anything that makes you tense and tight could potentially be due to magnesium deficiency. If you can’t relax or you can’t stop — think magnesium! Full-blown health problems can even be tied back to this crucial mineral. Most people with ANY chronic disease or issue benefit greatly from magnesium supplementation therapy. This is because chronic illness = stress, and stress depletes magnesium. The following are conditions that are likely to have magnesium deficiency as a part of the puzzle:
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Osteoporosis (yes, magnesium is more important than calcium for bone health!)
Sudden Death in patients with Congestive Heart Failure
“Similarly, patients with diagnoses of depression, epilepsy, diabetes mellitus, tremor, Parkinsonism, arrhythmias, circulatory disturbances (stroke, cardiac infarction, arteriosclerosis), hypertension, migraine, cluster headache, cramps, neuro-vegetative disorders, abdominal pain, osteoporosis, asthma, stress dependent disorders, tinnitus, ataxia, confusion, preeclampsia, weakness, might also be consequences of the magnesium deficiency syndrome.”
– Journal of the American College of Nutrition”
That is a long list! I think I must have at least 6 of those listed… at least it they are not the severe ones like “sudden death.”
We are deficient for many reasons:
- Diet: our modern diets are full of processed food. Also, Modern agriculture strips minerals from the soil. Processed food strip nutrients from the food and is full of additives that interfere with absorption.
- Stress: Our lifestyles are going at 90 miles per hour all the time. Stress increases cortisol and other stress hormones which need magnesium to operate, hence depletion.
- Sugar: Sugar metabolism requires high magnesium levels.
- Drugs: Drug interactions can deplete magnesium
- Diuretics: Coffee and Tea contain diuretics raise excretion levels.
- Water: If you drink lots of water, you excrete lots of water, which always contains electrolytes. Drink to thirst only, but that is another blog post.
What to Do
Eat spinach, almonds, sunflower seeds, chocolate, avocados and other magnesium-rich foods.
Take a magnesium supplement to provide what you don’t get in food. Beware that the RDA (350-400mg) is just enough to prevent deficiency but for optimal health twice that amount is needed.