Could getting insufficient amounts of a single micronutrient — magnesium — be the root cause of dozens, maybe hundreds of health complaints?
And if you’re not eating the foods that provide it or are doing certain things that deplete your levels, the resulting lack of magnesium just might be behind YOUR health problems too.
Magnesium is the mineral that helps support enzyme functions and regulate the way muscles contract and relax.
It also helps synthesize protein and regulate body temperature.
Magnesium deficiency behind dozens of illnesses
It’s what happens when you don’t get enough, however, that can really impact your well-being.
According to Dr. George Lundberg, a board-certified pathologist and long-time journal editor, magnesium deficiency could well be “the real emperor of all maladies,” causing illnesses you might never expect.
Among the symptoms of low magnesium are problems such as…
- muscle spasms,
- facial tics,
- irregular heart rhythm
- and an inability to get a good night’s sleep.
But it goes well beyond that, and low magnesium has been linked to…
- leg cramps,
- kidney stones
- and restless leg syndrome.
Three quarter of Americans likely deficient in magnesium
In fact, a 2009 report by the World Health Organization estimated three quarters of Americans may have inadequate levels of magnesium.
And it isn’t just a question of not getting enough from your diet. Our magnesium levels can be depleted by things you eat or drink such as alcoholic beverages.
Or certain kinds of drugs — particularly proton pump inhibitors for heartburn, such as Nexium, Prilosec or Prevacid, as well as diuretics, heart and asthma meds and estrogen replacement therapy.
Drinking soda and caffeinated beverages and eating refined sugar are also habits that can cause your body to excrete magnesium.
Restore your magnesium with a supplement and foods
To counteract this regular magnesium loss, Lundberg recommends taking 400 mg. of a magnesium supplement daily, as well as eating more foods that are rich in the mineral.
|nuts and seeds|
|dark leafy greens (such as spinach, kale, and chard)|
Plus dark chocolate is high in magnesium – and I have a hunch that’s something that most of us shouldn’t find too hard to swallow.
So if you’ve been suffering from a nagging health problem — or if you simply haven’t been feeling your best — do what Dr. Lundberg recommends. Try upping your magnesium levels and see if it helps.
It’s safe, and could make a world of difference for your health.
Jenny Thompson is the Director of the Health Sciences Institute and editor of the HSI e-Alert. Through HSI, she and her team uncover important health information and expose ridiculous health misinformation, most notably through the HSI e-Alert.
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