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Signs You May Be Magnesium Deficient

Magnesium is the most important mineral that our body needs to thrive successfully. Without it, disease will surface. Magnesium helps regulate calcium, potassium and sodium, plus if we’re deficient in it, over 300 biochemical actions will occur inefficiently or not at all. Magnesium deficiency has been associated with many diseases and is the missing cure is some according to Dr. Norman Shealy, one of the world’s leading experts in natural chronic pain relief solutions. So how do we know if we’re magnesium deficient? What are the causes? What are the symptoms?

What Causes Magnesium Deficiency

There are so many causes and all of these factors deplete our magnesium reserve very rapidly.

Soil depletion means our crops no longer have the same vitamins and minerals they did even 10 years ago.
Genetically Modified organisms.
Poor diet
Things like aluminum drink containers, antiperspirants and baking powder can block normal magnesium functions.
Environmental pollutants in the air, soil, water
Emotional stressors
Hectic lifestyles
Digestive diseases can cause malabsorption of minerals
Prescription drugs encourage magnesium depletion.

Magnesium Deficiency Symptoms

Magnesium deficiency can affect in essence every organ system in our bodies.

Leg Cramps – low magnesium is the major cause of cramps everywhere in the body–this includes feet and legs. In fact, 78% of people who suffer from leg cramps are severely magnesium deficient. Restless legs are another warning sign that you are magnesium deficient.

Your central nervous system is markedly affected by magnesium deficiency. Some of the symptoms include insomnia, anxiety, hyperactivity and panic attacks. It’s suggested that you take about 400 mg of magnesium at dinner or before bed; it’s a natural relaxant and sedative. Adding magnesium rich foods to your diet is also important.

High blood pressure — magnesium partners with calcium at a ratio of 2:1 to support proper blood pressure and protect the heart. So very often if you are magnesium-deficient, you are also low in calcium which lends itself toward hypertension or high blood pressure.

Fatigue & lethargy — low energy, weakness and fatigue are common symptoms of magnesium deficiency. Many people dealing with Chronic Fatigue are low in magnesium.

Up to 50% of headaches have been linked to magnesium deficiency as well.

Obesity — many overweight people are undernourished because they are filling up with nutrient and fiber deficient foods. They are starving themselves of vital minerals when they diet. Magnesium makes dieting easier by supporting the brain’s sensitivity to leptin.

Osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones become brittle and fragile from loss of tissue due to mineral deficiencies and other factors. Magnesium can help build bones unlike anything else along with calcium, Vit D, Vit K and collagen.

Type II Diabetes— one of the main causes of Type II II diabetes is magnesium deficiency. Diets rich in magnesium have been shown to lower the risk of this condition.

Dr. Josh Axe recommends you take the following:

  1. Magnesium Chelate — bonds to multiple amino acids and is highly absorbable by the body.
  2. Magnesium Citrate — is magnesium with citric acid, which has laxative properties and is often taken for constipation.
  3. Magnesium Glycinate — is a chelated form of magnesium that tends to provide high levels of absorption and bioavailability.
  4. Magnesium Threonate —has the superior ability to penetrate the mitochondrial membrane, and may be the best magnesium supplement on the market.
  5. Magnesium Chloride Oil Oil form which can pass through the skin and into the body — great for those who struggle with digestive issues like malabsorption.

Disclaimer: This article is not offering any medical advice. If you have any magnesium deficiency symptoms or signs, seek advice from your medical providers.


  • After reading this article, I know I’m magnesium deficient. I just thought it was aging. Thanks for the information.

  • After reading this article, I have a feeling that I am probably magnesium deficient. I will have it checked out.

  • I was following a very low carb diet last year and was getting leg cramps. I use epsom salts in my bath every night, and a magnesium oil spray when I’m being good on the low carb thing (which isn’t very often now, lol).

  • and to think that 60% of the North American population is magnesium deficient …..I think I’ll switch to Mag. Threonate now, after reading this….thanks

  • The body needs magnesium to also help digest and absorb other necessary minerals for the body. Never under estimate the healing power of your own body if you give it the nourishment it needs to make the repairs ❤

  • I don’t know if I was low on Magnesium. I was diagnose with osteoporosis and I am on Proton pump inhibitors for 14 years. I just found out last year that you need to take magnesium when using this drug, The pharmacist recomended Citrate form but Chelate maybe better for me where do you buy it.

  • My magnesium is good now as we are monituring all that! No one recommended collogen for me. I eat lots of vitamin K through vegetable is it enough?

  • I used to get quite a lot of leg and foot cramps, especially at night in bed and very painful ones they were too. I’ve even had a couple of hip cramps which was nasty since I was driving at the time. I knew it could be a sign of magnesium deficiency so now I take supplements and rarely get a cramp these days. Lots of super info here about it’s uses and why we need it, thanks for sharing. 🙂

  • I am so glad I read this article…. I am taking calcium and Vitamin D and now wondering if maybe I might be magnesium deficient. I have been aching in my back and hips and I am going to mention this to my doctor on my next visit to see if it may be possible as to why I am having these problems….very interesting and good info.

  • Very informative article. I had no idea that a lack of Magnesium could affect that many things in your body. I have a real problem with leg cramps so maybe this is my problem. Thank you for sharing.

  • Wow this was written just for me! I have struggled with sleep issues for years,but have required naps almost every day for 2 weeks.Will review my supplements,for sure!

  • Wow, well that explains a lot for me about the issues I have been having… Including leg and foot cramps! I’ll have to write down all the different Magnesium products listed above and see what I can locate at the pharmacy.

  • After reading your article I am so glad my doctor recommended Magnesium and Calcium to me years ago. However, I did not realize there were so many forms of magnesium. I must check my bottle to see what form I am taking.

  • I wasn’t aware that so many symptoms could be caused by magnesium deficiency. I think it might be time for me to get some blood tests to check for various vitamin and mineral deficiencies.

  • I did not realize how important magnesium was for our bodies and how far reaching the lack of magnesium caused so many problems to our health and well-being. Before I read this post, I thought this magnesium caused leg cramps but now I realize it may cause many distressing problems to one’s health. Thank you for a very informative post on this problem.

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