heads,' were years the medical profession was showing its ignorance. It is a torment to be magnesium deficient on one level or another. Even if it's for the enthusiastic sport person whose athletic performance is down, magnesium deficiency will dis- turb sleep and background stress levels and a host of other things that reflect on the quality of life. Doctors have not been using the appropriate test for magnesium – their serum blood tests just distort their perceptions. Magnesium has been off their radar screens through the decades that magnesium deficiencies have snowballed.

Symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency The first symptoms of deficiency can be subtle – as most magnesium is stored in the tissues, leg cramps, foot pain, or muscle 'twitches' can be the first sign. Other early signs of deficiency include loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and weakness. As magnesium deficiency wors- ens, numbness, tingling, seizures, person- ality changes, abnormal heart rhythms, and coronary spasms can occur. A full outline of magnesium defi-

ciency was beautifully presented in a re- cent article by Dr. Sidney Baker. "Magne- sium deficiency can affect virtually every organ system of the body. With regard to skeletal muscle, one may experience twitches, cramps, muscle tension, muscle soreness, including back aches, neck pain, tension headaches and jaw joint (or TMJ) dysfunction. Also, one may experience chest tightness or a peculiar sensation that he can't take a deep breath. Sometimes a person may sigh a lot." "Symptoms involving impaired con-

traction of smooth muscles include con- stipation; urinary spasms; menstrual cramps; difficulty swallowing or a lump in the throat-especially provoked by eating sugar; photophobia, especially difficulty adjusting to oncoming bright headlights in the absence of eye disease; and loud noise sensitivity from stapedius muscle tension in the ear."

"Other symptoms and signs of mag-

nesium deficiency and discuss laboratory testing for this common condition. Con- tinuing with the symptoms of magnesium deficiency, the central nervous system is markedly affected. Symptoms include in- somnia, anxiety, hyperactivity and restless- ness with constant movement, panic at- tacks, agoraphobia, and premenstrual ir- ritability. Magnesium deficiency symptoms

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involving the peripheral nervous system include numbness, tingling, and other abnormal sensations, such as zips, zaps and vibratory sensations."

"Symptoms or signs of the cardiovas- cular system include palpitations, heart arrhythmias, and angina due to spasms of the coronary arteries, high blood pressure and mitral valve prolapse. Be aware that not all of the symptoms need to be present to presume magnesium deficiency; but, many of them often occur together. For example, people with mitral valve pro- lapse frequently have palpitations, anxiety, panic attacks and premenstrual symptoms. People with magnesium deficiency often seem to be "uptight." Other general symp- toms include a salt craving, both carbohy- drate craving and carbohydrate intoler- ance, especially of chocolate, and breast tenderness."

Magnesium is needed by every cell in

the body including those of the brain. It is one of the most important minerals when considering supplementation because of its vital role in hundreds of enzyme sys- tems and functions related to reactions in cell metabolism, as well as being essential for the synthesis of proteins, for the utiliza- tion of fats and carbohydrates. Magnesium is needed not only for the production of specific detoxification enzymes but is also important for energy production related to cell detoxification. A magnesium defi- ciency can affect virtually every system of the body.

One of the principle reason doctors

write millions of prescriptions for tranquil- izers each year is the nervousness, irritabil- ity, and jitters largely brought on by inad- equate diets lacking magnesium. Persons only slightly deficient in magnesium be- come irritable, highly-strung, and sensitive

to noise, hyper-excitable, apprehensive and belligerent. If the deficiency is more severe or prolonged, they may develop twitching, tremors, irregular pulse, insom- nia, muscle weakness, jerkiness and leg and foot cramps. If magnesium is severely deficient, the

brain is particularly affected. Clouded thinking, confusion, disorientation, marked depression and even the terrifying hallucinations of delirium tremens are largely brought on by a lack of this nutrient and remedied when magnesium is given. Because large amounts of calcium are lost in the urine when magnesium is under supplied, the lack of this nutrient indi- rectly becomes responsible for much rampant tooth decay, poor bone develop- ment, osteoporosis and slow healing of broken bones and fractures. With vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), magnesium helps to re- duce and dissolve calcium phosphate kidney stones. Magnesium deficiency may be a com- mon factor associated with insulin resis- tance. Symptoms of MS that are also symptoms of magnesium deficiency in- clude muscle spasms, weakness, twitch- ing, muscle atrophy, an inability to control the bladder, nystagmus (rapid eye move- ments), hearing loss, and osteoporosis. People with MS have higher rates of epi- lepsy than controls. Epilepsy has also been linked to magnesium deficiencies. Another good list of early warning

symptoms suggestive of magnesium insuf- ficiency:

• Physical and mental fatigue • Persistent under-eye twitch

• Tension in the upper back, shoulders and neck • Headaches


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