Saturday, March 10, 2018

9 Serious Conditions That Are Linked To Magnesium Deficiency

It's very easy to take magnesium for granted. It's one of the most important minerals in our body and the right amount of it is needed to keep us working all the way down to the cellular level. It's important to all the major organs of the body, it contributes to energy production, and it even regulates levels of other important nutrients like calcium, Vitamin D, and potassium.

Fortunately, it's also not too difficult to get since it's found in many foods. In particular, nuts, whole grains, and especially leafy vegetables are known to be great sources of the stuff. However, it's often reported in the medical community that most of us aren't actually getting enough magnesium in our diets. Also, it's unfortunately difficult to tell if you're low in magnesium because routine blood tests only measure about two percent of the magnesium in our bodies.

That said, it's definitely something you want to stay on top of. Research has linked magnesium deficiencies to a series of serious conditions. Happily, other studies have found that the mineral shows promising results in preventing and sometimes even treating these illnesses.

So we're going to go through nine of the most researched issues and see what kind of effect magnesium is supposed to have on them.

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1. Asthma.

It's been found that asthma sufferers tend to have low levels of magnesium, but it can also be used to treat severe attacks. Research has shown that an IV dose of magnesium sulfate is a safe and effective way to treat intense attacks in adults, while another study found promising results in children with moderate to severe asthma.

2. Type-2 Diabetes.

Magnesium-rich foods were found to lower the risk of developing type-2 diabetes regardless of a person's weight or level of activity. Researchers said there's no danger of getting too much magnesium from food, but it is possible to go overboard on supplements.

3. Heart disease.

A study of heart disease patients found that 75 percent of participants had deficiencies in magnesium. Although magnesium supplements hardly fixed their problems outright, the mineral did show a protective effect against the strain of exercise on the heart when the subjects used treadmills.

This allowed participants to exercise for longer and get themselves healthier.

4. Eclampsia and Preeclampsia.

This is a life-threatening disease that affects pregnant women and can impact between two and eight percent of pregnancies. Magnesium sulfate was found to cut the risk of eclampsia in half.

Moreover, it's considered an important treatment for the disease and for managing the associated seizures.

5. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

A British study linked the development of chronic fatigue syndrome with low red blood cell magnesium. When magnesium was given to participants, most of them reported "improved energy levels, better emotional state, and less pain."

By contrast, only a few of the participants who had taken a placebo felt any better.

6. Migraines.

Migraine sufferers tend to have lower levels of magnesium than those who aren't affected by them. Some research found that magnesium supplements were effective in reducing the frequency of attacks for those with low levels of the mineral.

7. Depression.

Researchers suggest that deficiencies of magnesium in the brain's neurons cause damage that presents itself as depression. While depression is a complex condition that can vary from person to person, introducing magnesium is often considered an effective treatment.

8. Osteoporosis.

Magnesium is an important part of bone health and low levels of the mineral have demonstrated negative effects on bone cells and in the formation of bones. Research has also shown that taking magnesium can help prevent bone loss in osteoporosis patients.

9. Cystic Fibrosis

Some research has shown magnesium deficiencies are often found in cystic fibrosis patients. While the disease is sadly persistent, introducing magnesium has been found to improve lung strength in children suffering from CF.

Some day, this list may get longer.

A few studies have also linked magnesium deficiencies to fibromyalgia and restless leg syndrome, but more research is needed before they can be confidently associated.

Remember to consult your doctor before taking magnesium supplements.

The problem is they aren't well-regulated in the U.S. so it's hard to tell how much magnesium is in them. This can be especially dangerous if you have kidney problems.

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