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Thursday, September 1, 2016

Magnesium Deficiency Symptoms, Causes, & Treatments

Magnesium deficiency was first documented by Hirschfelder and Haury (1934) in a report entitled Clinical Manifestations of High and Low Plasma Magnesium.  Since the publishing of this report in the 1930s, our understanding of magnesium deficiencies has advanced significantly.  We now know that hypomagnesemia (serum magnesium below 1.7 mg/dL) is not always indicative of an underlying biological magnesium deficiency, nevertheless, it seems as though a majority of the U.S. population is deficient in magnesium.

Data compiled by the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) research service indicates that just 43% of individuals living in the United States attain the recommended daily allowance (RDA) for magnesium, whereas ~57% of persons are deficient.  The recommended daily allowance of magnesium for adults is 400 to 420 mg/day for men and 310 to 360 mg/day for women.  Unless you carefully track your magnesium intake on a daily basis to ensure that the RDA quota is met, odds are that you’re deficient.

What’s problematic is the fact that many individuals with a magnesium deficiency are not only unaware of the deficiency, but they fail to understand the potentially serious biological toll this deficiency may incur.  Magnesium is implicated in over 300 biological functions and reactions including: blood pressure normalization, energy production, heart rhythm, glucose regulation, and protein synthesis – to name a few.  When magnesium levels are abnormally low, your body isn’t functioning at its best, whereby a host of deficiency-related symptoms may emerge.



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