Magnesium is one of the vital minerals your body needs to remain functioning healthily. When you don’t get enough of it your body will start to suffer! We took a more in-depth look at some of the symptoms of a magnesium deficiency, as well as the suggested dosage of supplements to perk you back up again. After all, the benefits of magnesium are pretty amazing and you deserve to feel great. Read more for common symptoms and dosage.
How Common is a Magnesium Deficiency?
According to the online health resource Healthline, a magnesium deficiency is officially diagnosed in some 2% of the American population. While this seems a low statistic this data only applies to the diagnosed. They even cite a study that suggests as much as 75% of that same population isn’t getting enough magnesium in their diet and that’s bad news.
Magnesium cannot be produced by the body and must be part of the diet, this is why so many people don’t get enough of it. The majority of the magnesium in your body is stored in your bones (less than 1% is in your blood) so this makes diagnosis difficult (Medical News Today). A lack of this crucial mineral in the blood is so serious that it has its medical term: Hypomagnesemia (Emedicine).
What Are The Symptoms of a Magnesium Deficiency?
If you experience a combination of the following symptoms then you may be a victim of deficiency:
- Fatigue, muscle weakness, and cramps, or regular muscle twitching. Magnesium is used to strengthen the body and if you aren’t taking enough of it you may experience weakness or pain in your muscles.
- If you suffer from a mental disorder it is possible that raising your magnesium level will help.
- High blood pressure; lack of magnesium can be responsible for raising the blood pressure and giving you heart palpitations.
- An irregular heartbeat, usually as a result of a lack of magnesium in the muscles.
- Tiredness and a loss of appetite. Each of these symptoms is dependent on the other. The more tired you become the less you want to eat, the less you eat the more tired you are. Magnesium is present in many nuts and snacking on trail mix throughout the day is a safe way to keep energy levels up.
- Nausea or vomiting in the more serious stages of deficiency.
- Numbness or tingling in the extremities such as the fingers and toes.
- In the latter stages; personality changes, mental health problems, seizures or coronary spasms (Medical News Today).
Suggested Dosage of Magnesium Supplements
The Recommended Daily Intake of Magnesium is 310-420mg depending on body mass. Children should take a lot less, starting from as low as 80mg. Supplements can be taken in a variety of different ways but an oral magnesium supplement is usually favored.
You should take magnesium supplements if you are pregnant, suffer from kidney stones, have a heart block, have diabetes, or suffer from alcoholism. Magnesium is also used to treat bleeding disorders and to supplement the elderly, whose bones need extra strength and who may be at higher risk of a deficiency.