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Are You Deficient in Magnesium?

Are You Deficient in Magnesium?

Magnesium is the partner mineral to calcium. Typically wherever calcium is needed in the body, magnesium is also required. Magnesium is Nature’s relaxation and anti-stress mineral, since it plays an important role in helping our bodies combat stress. It is necessary for healthy artery, blood, bone, heart, muscle, and nerve function, yet experts estimate that approximately 80 percent of the population in North America may be deficient in this important mineral.

Magnesium is vitally important to our health and well-being. It is involved in the production of energy for most of our bodily processes and even the structuring of our basic genetic material is dependent on adequate amounts of magnesium. Your body also requires adequate supplies of magnesium to manufacture the approximately 500 enzymes needed for basic life and metabolic functions.

Food Sources of Magnesium

Magnesium is found in almonds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, figs, lemons, apples, dark leafy greens, celery, alfalfa sprouts, brown rice, and many other foods.

Symptoms of a Magnesium Deficiency

Back pain

Carpal tunnel syndrome

Chronic fatigue


Cravings for chocolate



Epilepsy or convulsions

Excessive body odor

Heart palpitations or irregular heartbeat

High blood pressure

Hyperactive or restlessness

Inability to control bladder


Irritability or anxiety

Muscle cramps or muscle tension

Nervous tics or twitches, or muscles that twitch or spasm

Pain in knees or hips

Painful and cold feet or hands

Restless legs, especially at night

Seizures, convulsions, or tremors

Sensitive or loose teeth

Women: PMS or painful periods

Of course, many symptoms overlap with other conditions so just because you have the symptoms above doesn’t necessarily mean you are deficient in magnesium. If you have any health conditions, you should consult a qualified physician. If you suspect a magnesium deficiency, consult a qualified nutritionist for testing.

A typical dose of magnesium is 800 mg. daily and is usually taken with calcium supplements. Supplementing with calcium and not taking magnesium can cause a depletion of the body’s reserves of magnesium.

Subscribe to my free e-magazine World’s Healthiest News to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow me on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.  Adapted from  The Life Force Diet.  Copyright Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD.

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Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 17-time book author and board-certified doctor of natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and the upcoming book The Probiotic Promise. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.


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11:13AM PDT on Jul 19, 2013

I take Magnesium every day to help with feet and leg cramps.

10:51AM PDT on Jul 19, 2013


6:37AM PDT on Jul 16, 2013


3:34AM PDT on Jul 15, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

5:56AM PDT on Jul 14, 2013

Wow, there's a picture of a fig at the top of the article. We just planted 8 fig trees. They don't have figs yet (we sprouted them from cuttings off a tree, so they are only about 12 inches tall), but until then we continue with lots of almonds. lemon, dark leafy greens, and brown rice.

4:01PM PDT on Jul 13, 2013

Can also get headaches if deficient. Take magnesium supplement every other day for help with migraines - still take Rx meds. Found out it acts like a laxative if take too much - personal experience here.

3:01AM PDT on Jul 13, 2013

Great info thanks

8:52AM PDT on Apr 9, 2013

Awesome info, thanks!

12:31PM PDT on Mar 22, 2013

Good to know! I eat only a few of those things regularly and this will motivate me to eat more on the list.

5:56AM PST on Jan 15, 2013

Great information thanks .

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