What magnesium deficiency is all about

What magnesium deficiency is all about

How does magnesium deficiency manifest itself?
Find out more about the typical symptoms here.

This is a question asked by many people who want to ensure they are taking enough of this vital mineral. The signs of magnesium deficiency quickly become apparent if the levels in the body fall too low. 

Typical signs of magnesium deficiency

Painful muscle and calf cramps are typical signs of magnesium deficiency. People with a deficiency may also suffer from tensions in the cervical, neck and shoulder muscles and from headaches, migraine or twitching eyelids.

Typical signs of magnesium deficiency

  • Muscle and calf cramps
    Muscle and calf cramps are typical symptoms of magnesium deficiency. The tendency to develop calf cramps increases with age, so older people are more likely to complain about these symptoms.
  • Muscle tensions
    Muscle tensions are a sign of increased tension in the body and generally occur together with stress and anxiety.
  • Headaches and migraine
    Too little magnesium results in the hyperexcitability of muscle and nerve fibres, leading to tensions in the neck and shoulder area, which can trigger a tension headache or migraine.
  • Cardiac arrhythmia and high blood pressure
    Studies in the USA and Germany have demonstrated that magnesium plays an important role in normal cardiac function. The onset of cardiac arrhythmia, one of the most common causes of sudden cardiac death, is associated with low magnesium intake. Therefore experts advise to take the mineral regularly.

Causes of magnesium deficiency

Magnesium deficiency can be caused by:

  • Reduced magnesium intake
    An unbalanced diet and counting the calories often result in magnesium deficiency. Elderly people who increasingly eat and drink too little can also be affected.
  • Increased magnesium requirements
    The body both uses and loses more magnesium through perspiration during physical activities and sports. Lost magnesium and fluids should be replaced quickly. Diabetics also have an increased magnesium requirement, as they excrete more of the mineral in the urine.
  • Poor absorption of magnesium
    The body’s magnesium levels can suffer with the use of certain medication, for instance acid blockers and diuretics.

How to combat magnesium deficiency

You should take action to combat magnesium deficiency. We recommend taking a high-quality active ingredient in the right dosage to ensure that the body is getting enough magnesium. Taking magnesium in the form of magnesium citrate has proven extremely effective. Magnesium citrate naturally occurs in the human body, so it is biocompatible and fast-acting. This is why almost all Magnesium-Diasporal® products contain biocompatible magnesium citrate.