Life doesn’t come equipped with a pause button, so it can be difficult to stay up-to-date on the latest health research. Luckily, we’ve taken the time to create a quick reference guide on the most important things to know about magnesium, to help you keep well-informed!
Functions of Magnesium
Without magnesium we could not produce energy, our muscles would be in a permanent state of contraction, and we could not adjust the levels of cholesterol produced and released into the blood stream.
– Enzyme activity, enabling thousands of bio-chemical processes
– Energy production and ATP, the energy storage of the body’s cells
– DNA and RNA, the body’s internal instruction sheets
– Mineral balance, necessary to maintain cell life
Symptoms of Deficiency
Classic “Clinical” Symptoms: Tics, muscle spasms and cramps, seizures, anxiety, and irregular heart rhythms are among the classic signs and symptoms of low magnesium.
“Sub-clinical” or “Latent” Symptoms: Caused by low magnesium intake prevalent in nearly all industrialized nations, they can include migraine headaches, insomnia, depression, and chronic fatigue, among others.
See a complete list of the symptoms of magnesium deficiency.
Causes of Deficiency
Magnesium depletion in healthy individuals can be caused by:
And some conditions can increase vulnerability to deficiency, including:
Sources of Magnesium
Magnesium can be delivered orally, intravenously or transdermally. Unfortunately, food sources of magnesium have seen a drastic decline over the years making it nearly impossible to achieve adequate magnesium through diet alone.
*Oral magnesium does not need to be discontinued if you choose to use a topical supplement.
Still not sure if you should be supplementing? Get a sense of where your intake may lie in the article Do You Need More Magnesium? 10 Signs to Watch For.
Or learn more about Topical Magnesium: How It Works.