Are you Deficient in Magnesium?

Function: Magnesium is involved with 300+ metabolic reactions. Key areas include energy production, bone and ATP formation, muscle and nerve conduction and cell signaling.

Causes of deficiency: May occur with malabsorption, alcoholism, hyperparathyroidism, renal disorders, diabetes, diuretics, digoxin or high does of zinc.

Food Sources: Dark leafy greens, oatmeal, buckwheat, unpolished grains, chocolate, milk, nuts & seeds, lima beans and molasses.

Health conditions related to low magnesium:

-Muscle weakness/spasm






-Heart attacks


-Personality changes




-Tingling in extremities


Magnesium is a common deficiency that I see with many patients on a regular basis. More common patient presentations may be constipation, blood pressure problems, anxiety, irregular heart beat, sleep problems, and muscle cramping. So many different sources of magnesium to consider too. I often get asked what the best test is to check your magnesium levels. RBC magnesium via blood is the gold standard. Unfortunately, the Standard American Diet will deplete magnesium faster than most can store. Sugars, pop, tea, coffee, alcohol, sweating, and diuretic medications can easily deplete your magnesium stores. Under times of stress, calcium, potassium, and magnesium are loss quickly with some patients. Are you deficient in magnesium?

Dr. J

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