The Most Common Mineral Deficiency Is Also The Least Diagnosed. Hint: It's Not Calcium
When talking about mineral deficiencies, the ones that we are usually most concerned with are calcium, iron or zinc. However, the most commonly misdiagnosed mineral deficiency is actually magnesium deficiency.
There are many studies out there that show the majority of Americans to be deficient in magnesium. But, because only 1% of your body’s magnesium is stored in your blood, magnesium levels do not register on blood tests, and are indeed not even routinely included in normal blood tests.
Magnesium plays a big role in keeping our bodies stable. It is actually more important in the regulation of your body’s homeostasis than calcium, potassium and sodium, and yet, very few are aware of it’s importance and as a result, many suffer daily and subject themselves to unnecessary drugs and treatments when a simple magnesium treatment could reverse their symptoms.
Because magnesium is vital to every cell in our bodies, the signs of magnesium deficiency are numerous, subtle, involving virtually every organ in the body, and can mimic other conditions and deficiencies – and therefore are not easy to figure out. The list is extremely long, and includes:
Neck pain, backaches, tension headaches, twitching, tense muscles, cramps, TMJ, severe menstrual cramps, constipation, urinalysis spasms, difficulty swallowing, insomnia, anxiety, hyperactivity, restlessness, panic attacks, sensitivity to loud noise, numbness, tingling, palpitations, arrhythmias, hypertension, mitral valve prolapse, to name a few.
Some interesting symptoms that most would never think to connect to a deficiency include: the feeling of being unable to draw a deep breath, and salt and carbohydrate cravings.
When the magnesium deficiency is severe, more serious conditions develop, as the brain can be affected. Things like hallucinations, disorientation, confusion and depression can happen. Also, because magnesium plays a big role in calcium absorption, severe lack of it can result in calcium being leeched out of your body through urine, leading to bone loss, tooth decay and osteoporosis. Additionally, some forms of epilepsy has also been linked to magnesium deficiency.
Unfortunately, many modern drugs push magnesium levels into undesirable or even dangerous levels. When surgeries are done when magnesium levels are already low, the outcome becomes much more risky.
If you relate to many of the symptoms on this page, you should contact your physician and talk to them about checking your magnesium levels and consider supplementing and improving your diet to see if it improves your symptoms. Eat plenty of magnesium rich foods such as dark leafy greens, avocado, pumpkin seeds, certain fish like mackerel, and bananas.