You may know what magnesium is, but do you know how important the mineral can be for your health?
Magnesium is involved with over 300 metabolic processes in our bodies, leading to the mineral being called the ‘master mineral’. So what exactly does it mean to have a magnesium deficiency, and what are some magnesium deficiency symptoms?
Dr. Carolyn Dean, a medical and naturopathic doctor, has studied and written about magnesium for more than 15 years. She points out the following medical areas that magnesium deficiency triggers or causes, all of which have all been scientifically proven:
Type 2 diabetes
Difficulty with swallowing
Liver and kidney disease
Potassium deficiency: sign may include fluid retention, extreme thirst and irritability
High blood pressure
Personality changes like signs of depression, anxiety and mood swings
Fertility or childbearing problems: premature labor, preeclampsia, or getting/staying pregnant
Raynaud`s syndrome: may lead to cold toes or fingers, skin color changes and numbness
Surprising Factors That Influence Your Magnesium Levels
However, most foods grown today are deficient in magnesium and other minerals, so getting enough isn’t simply a matter of eating magnesium-rich foods (although this is important too). According to Dr. Dean:
“Magnesium is farmed out of the soil much more than calcium… A hundred years ago, we would get maybe 500 milligrams of magnesium in an ordinary diet. Now we’re lucky to get 200 milligrams.”
Herbicides, like glyphosate also act as chelators, effectively blocking the uptake and utilization of minerals in so many foods grown today. As a result, it can be quite difficult to find truly magnesium-rich foods. Cooking and processing further deplete magnesium.