Magnesium is an important element that our body needs in order to function properly. An unbalanced diet can result in deficiency of this important mineral and some other elements. Magnesium deficiency symptoms are really common and it can have some devastating effects. The problem most people take these signs for other medical conditions.
The symptoms of magnesium deficiency are:
Muscle Weakness and cramps
Overactive or overresponsive reflexes (hyperreflexia)
Unintentional, rhythmic muscle movement (Tremors)
Impaired muscle coordination (ataxia)
Involuntary eye movements (Nystagmus)
Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia)
High blood sugar (hyperglycemia)
Calcium and potassium deficiency
Irregular or rapid heartbeat
Irritability and anxiety
Difficulty to concentrate or to memorize things
Nausea and vomiting
Loss of appetite
Seizures signs of complications)
Hearing loss or ringing of the ears etc.
Daily magnesium intake is really important so that our body can function normally. The recommended intake of magnesium on a daily basis is the following:
Infants up to 6 months – 30 mg
Age 7 – 12 months – 75 mg
Age 1 up to 3 years – 80 mg
Age 4 – 8 years – 130 mg
Age 9 – 13 years – 240 mg
Age 14 – 18 years – males 410 mg, females 360 mg
Age 19 – 30 – males 400 mg, females 310 mg
Age 31 – 50 – males 420 mg, females 320 mg
Age 50+ – males 420 mg, females 320 mg
During pregnancy – 350 mg – 400 mg
Lactation – 310 mg – 360 mg.
Magnesium deficiency problem is really serious and it could be solved by taking magnesium supplements or by changing your eating habits. If you decide to go with the first option, make sure you first consult a doctor about which magnesium supplement is the right one for you and which dose of magnesium supplement you should take daily.
If you decide to make a change in your diet make sure you include the following ingredients in your diet: nuts, pumpkin seeds, spinach, almonds, black beans, yogurt, avocado, figs, dark chocolate and banana.