Because magnesium is required for so many processes in the body there are many varied signs of deficiency. These symptoms are often quite subtle and people can live with them for years unaware that it is something so simple as a nutritional deficiency causing them.
- Aches and pains
- Slow recovery from exercise
- Mood problems
- Muscle cramps
- Irregular sleep patterns and insomnia
- Heart irregularities
- Muscle twitches and spasms
- Digestive trouble
- Lack of appetite
- Brain fog
- Memory problems
Causes of Magnesium deficiency
Cooking and processing food depletes magnesium, even from those foods high in magnesium.
Alcohol, coffee, sugar, and high protein in the diet are also responsible for diminished magnesium levels in the body
Low levels of magnesium in soil leading to low levels in produce.
Modern day farming has removed the magnesium and other essential minerals from the soil. The plants take the magnesium out of the soil and the nitrogen based fertilisers used for maximising growth do not replace them. This leads to less and less minerals in each crop. The nutritional information listed for produce are based on ideal circumstances with plants grown in optimal conditions, the reality is the figures are generally much lower than those listed.
- Timothy Kinghan