Effects of magnesium deficiency

Muscle and leg cramps are the most common and noticeable symptoms of magnesium deficiency. But a deficiency can also have other effects.


Magnesium is involved in over 600 processes in the human body. Magnesium deficiency can therefore lead to a wide range of symptoms. The most common ones are painful muscle and leg cramps, which often occur at night. But a deficiency can also lead to a wide range of other symptoms. What are some other signs of magnesium deficiency? Below is an overview.


Leg cramps seem to come out of nowhere. They occur suddenly, often at night. They are one of the typical symptoms of acute magnesium deficiency. The mineral causes the muscles to relax. But, with a deficiency, muscle excitability increases. As a result, the muscles contract uncontrollably, causing a cramp. Eyelid twitching can also indicate a magnesium deficiency. To prevent these and other unpleasant symptoms, care should be taken to obtain an adequate amount of this important mineral.

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Low serum magnesium levels increase the risk of type 2 diabetes. Magnesium not only has an influence on the risk of diabetes, but also on the course of the disease in people who already have type 2 diabetes. Magnesium plays a key role in the function of insulin. It is therefore very important for diabetics to maintain sufficient magnesium levels.

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An adult heart is only the size of a fist and weighs between 250 to 300 grams. This small muscle pumps blood to the entire body. In order to maintain normal heart function and constant blood pressure, care should be taken to ensure sufficient magnesium intake. Magnesium deficiency can be a risk factor for cardiac arrhythmia and high blood pressure.

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For many people, a migraine attack can leave them completely unable to function. Migraine sufferers often have a magnesium deficiency. Both the frequency and intensity of migraine attacks can be reduced by taking high-dose magnesium over an extended period.

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Many women experience unpleasant symptoms like headaches, abdominal cramps and nausea every month before their period. This is known as premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Along with menstrual cramps, it can have a negative impact on the physical and mental well-being of women who suffer from it. But magnesium has proven effective in treating acute symptoms as well as preventing them. Women with PMS often have low magnesium levels. Moreover, evidence shows that magnesium deficiency increases the risk of developing PMS.

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Many people suffer from depression and sleep disorders. There are many possible causes for this. Magnesium deficiency may be among them. People with depression often have lower magnesium levels. Increasing these levels may have a positive effect on symptoms of depression and sleep quality.

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People who experience the painful symptoms of magnesium deficiency are usually looking for one thing, and that is fast relief. But they also want to know how they can reverse the deficiency with magnesium over the long term and prevent it in future. To achieve this, we need to ensure adequate magnesium intake, especially since our bodies cannot produce the mineral on their own. There are effective ways to increase the body's magnesium stores, starting with a balanced diet that includes foods high in magnesium. 

If this is not possible, a magnesium deficiency may develop over time. In such cases, taking a magnesium supplement is advisable. High-quality products containing magnesium citrate, such as Magnesium-Diasporal® 300 mg granulated drink mix (medicinal product) are ideal for this purpose. This organic form of magnesium is easy-to-absorb and fast acting. A supplement containing magnesium citrate can therefore help prevent magnesium deficiency and the often-painful symptoms that go with it.

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