Women in particular need to balance hormones with magnesium – think of mood swings, cramps, headaches and other signs of premenstrual syndrome. A magnesium deficiency can lead to PMS. Often such symptoms can be eased by taking a magnesium supplement.
But it does not stop there
Various sleep disorders could also be due to such a magnesium deficiency, causing people to wake up frequently during the night, possibly with symptoms of insomnia
, restless leg syndrome(RLS) or even night terrors.
There are other symptoms too
These include constipation, anxiety, irritability, cluster headaches
and many more.
Researchers have found that magnesium takes part in the transmission of hormones, neurotransmitters, minerals and mineral electrolytes. Such research has concluded that magnesium controls cell membrane thereby controlling the release of many hormones, nutrients and neurotransmitters. It is magnesium that manages the outcome of potassium and calcium in the body. A deficiency will only lead to calcium being deposited in soft tissues such as kidneys, arteries, joints, the brain and more, so that both potassium and calcium are lost in urine.
Protection from toxins
Magnesium is very important for protecting our cells from aluminium, mercury, lead, cadmium, beryllium and nickel. Low levels of magnesium can contribute to a heavy metal deposition in the brain that may be responsible for the more serious conditions such as Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s. Heavy metal toxicity may also lead to learning disorders in children.
If you are suffering from stress or anxiety, your adrenal glands will need extra magnesium. And compounding the problem can be drinking a lot of coffee or alcohol because, along with other important minerals, your magnesium can be flushed out of your system – often when you need it the most.
Why do we suffer from a magnesium deficiency?
1. Magnesium is constantly depleted in our soil because of years of replanting on farm lands without replenishing nutrients.
2. Chemical fertilizers also contribute to this depletion by altering the way plants can absorb magnesium.
3. We are drinking less tap water (which is a common magnesium source) while even this natural water source has lower supplies.
4. When we boil, steam or broil food, the magnesium can be removed.
5. High carb and fat foods increase our need for more magnesium as well as when we suffer from physical and emotional stress.
6. Dieting, certain medications and the fact that we are ageing can also reduces our magnesium level.
Foods that are rich in magnesium include kelp, wheat bran, almonds, cashews, blackstrap molasses and brewer’s yeast
Magnesium supplements can also be helpful.
If you decide to take a magnesium supplement, make sure it is combined with calcium as they act together as a sedative. The ratio should be 2:1 meaning at least 600 mg of calcium and 250-300 mg of magnesium. This combination will aid muscle contractions, RLS and is effective for all-round relaxation. Obviously, severe health problems should be discussed with your doctor.
A severe magnesium deficiency may be discovered through a blood test but many researchers prefer to test the bones and intracellular levels for a true result.