I’ve written about magnesium citrate and magnesium stearate….both very different topics.
This post is about the mineral “magnesium” and how important it is to the functioning of so many systems in our bodies as well as what symptoms you may experience if you are at a deficiency.
Magnesium is involved in at least 300 chemical reactions in the body to make things work in harmony on a day to day basis.
Magnesium helps to break down the proteins we eat. It helps to maintain a healthy blood sugar level, helps with blood pressure, proper functioning of nerves and muscles, is supportive of mental health in that it staves off depression in some people. Magnesium can help with occasional constipation. Taking magnesium before bed has been known to help with good quality sleep.
A lack of magnesium can manifest so many uncomfortable symptoms. Symptoms that may get mistaken for something else.
These magnesium deficiency symptoms are as follows:
- Nausea and/or vomitting
- muscle spasms
- loss of appetite or extreme hunger
- personality changes like irritability and anxiety attacks
- lethargy on a persistent or recurring basis
- heart palpitations
- angina and even heart attack
- blurred vision
So you see, magnesium plays an important role in our day to day health.
Many people supplement with magnesium to ensure they are getting enough on a day to day basis.
Foods that are high in mineral magnesium are:
- Dark chocolate…that’s good news
- Avocado…loaded with magnesium
- Dark leafy greens such as kale, chard and spinach
- Flax oil and/or flax seeds
- Pumpkin seeds
- Whole grains
- Fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel, halibut
- Sesame seeds
I have gone through a phase where all of the magnesium deficiency symptoms were piling on me. I could not tell if it was my MS causing these symptoms but when I started to add a nightly dose of Magnesium before bed, many of these crazy symptoms dissipated.
So….if you find yourself experiencing any of these odd symptoms listed above, try adding the mineral “magnesium” to your day through the food you eat, and/or a quality magnesium supplement.