Magnesium: the most common symptoms of a deficiency

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It is common to find a magnesium deficiency, due to an unbalanced diet, stress or other factors. Here are the symptoms that appear most frequently

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Il magnesium it is one of the essential minerals for our health. In fact, it helps numerous functions of our body by being involved in over 300 metabolic processes: in particular it is useful for the muscles and the nervous system, helps regulate calcium levels in the blood, helps energy production and much more. However, we often lack it and we can experience some characteristic symptoms.

When we are deficient in vitamins or minerals, our body experiences a situation of imbalance that it would be better to resolve as soon as possible. But how to notice a possible deficiency? Often we need the advice of a specialist who can recognize some signs but in the case of magnesium there are some typical symptoms, which can be easily recognized.


A very characteristic symptom of magnesium deficiency are muscle spasms or cramps which can affect the legs in particular both under stress, simply standing or even at rest and even at night while completely relaxed.


Restless Legs Syndrome has only recently been recognized by the medical community. This condition causes a feeling of muscle tension in the legs, most of the time constant, which involves the need to often move the affected limb or limbs. It usually gets worse at night and often makes sleeping very difficult.


Studies have shown a link between a magnesium deficiency and an increased risk of migraines, especially in migraines women who suffer from this disorder in conjunction with the menstrual cycle. Magnesium is also known to relax blood vessels, not surprisingly many headaches, according to experts, are caused precisely by the muscular contractions of the vessels.


Several studies, including that of the George Eby Research Institute, have seen how a magnesium deficiency can cause gods imbalances in the brain, which as a consequence in some cases would trigger a treatable depression precisely with a constant intake of this mineral. Since magnesium acts as a calming agent on the nervous system, its marked deficiency it can also cause anxiety and panic attacks.

ARRhythmias of the heart rhythm

A low supply of magnesium to our body can also lead to the development of that sensation that makes us perceive the loss of a heartbeat or, on the contrary, an excessive movement and which can last for a few seconds but also for a minute or more.

These symptoms are not always necessarily due to a deficiency of this mineral but surely trying to increase your intake through foods that contain it more or by using a supplement is an attempt to do.

Among the foods that contain it the most are plant sources such as nuts, whole grains and green leafy vegetables. In most cases, however, since unfortunately the use of chemical fertilizers has depleted our soils of minerals, it may be necessary to use a supplement.

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- Magnesium: an essential mineral for our health

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