Magnesium is responsible for over 300 biochemical reactions in the body and can affect blood pressure, immune function, metabolism and many other aspects of health. A deficiency of this important mineral can be attributed to a number of reasons such as depleted soil environment, meaning that plant food sources as well as meat derived from animals which feed on plants have low magnesium levels.
Another reason is chemical use like chlorine and fluoride in the water supply that can minimize magnesium availability in water as these chemicals attach to magnesium, and other common substances consumed daily such as coffee and sugar which also drain the body’s magnesium levels. Without sufficient magnesium, the body misses its most important natural defence against pain, swelling, tension and inflammation.
Some of the common symptoms that can indicate a magnesium deficiency include the following.
1. Muscle cramps
Individuals suffering from a magnesium deficiency may experience frequent muscle cramps even if they have not been exerting themselves or exercising vigorously. The spasms and cramps are a result of the calcification of muscles where muscles tend to stiffen and cause discomfort.
Magnesium can relax muscles by counterbalancing the effects of calcium which stiffens muscles. As individuals age, extra calcium collects in these muscles triggering cramps. Plus, magnesium enhances potassium absorption, which is crucial for optimal muscle function.