Symptoms of magnesium deficiencyApprehensiveness, short temper, muscle twitches, muscle cramps, muscle tics, tremors or weakness, tantrums, nosebleeds, tremors, confusion, irregular heart rhythm, depression, irritability, sensitivity to noise, disorientation, insomnia, anxiety, hypoglycaemia, PMS premenstrual tension, loss of appetite, nausea, weakness, pancreatitis, nervousness, depression.
Magnesium may be beneficial for the following ailments:Irritable Bowel Syndrome, colitis, angina, alcoholism, anorexia, low blood pressure, tetany, convulsions, kwashiorkor, diabetes, hypertension, high blood pressure, kidney stones, migraine, mytral valve prolapse, osteoporosis, asthma, cirrhosis of the liver, prostrate trouble, atherosclerosis, arteriosclerosis, arthritis, psoriasis, obesity, apathy, confusion, poor memory, decreased learning.
If you have any of these conditions, you can do no harm to take magnesium supplements (in the right ratio). If you have a serious condition, check with your doctor. Make sure your doctor is clued up about nutrition, has done additional research about it, over and above the prescribed textbook knowledge.
NOTE: Remember doctors get a kick-back from drug companies for the products they sell, so they may have a vested interest in your illness. Sick, I know.
Successful in the treatment of :Successfully used in the treatment of convulsions of pregnant women and epileptic patients.
Angina and Heart attacks:Magnesium deficiency has shown to produce coronary artery spasms and is thought to be a cause in non-occlusive heart attacks. Men dying of heart attacks have significantly lower levels of magnesium and potassium than control subjects.
Athletes and SportsAthletes and anyone doing strenuous or endurance work or sports should supplement their diets with magnesium as it is lost during sweating and muscle metabolism during activity. The Colgan Institute uses magnesium supplements of 400-1200mg/day with athletes.
Recommended dosage:Approximately 300mg/day for nutritional use, more for therapeutic use. Ratio 2:1 calcium to magnesium. Add helpers.
ToxicityNone below 1000mg. Almost unknown in nutritional context as excess is eliminated in the faces and urine, but can occur when calcium intake is low. In extreme cases magnesium overload can cause death.
References:Nutrition Almanac – Dunne
The Optimum Nutrition Bible – Patrick Holford
Staying Healthy with Nutrition – Elson M Haas
Optimum Sports Nutrition – Dr Michael Morgan
Encyclopaedia of Natural Medicine – Micheal Murray N.D. & Joseph Pizzorno N.D.
Reader’s Digest Guide to Natural Medicine
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