Magnesium deficiency and its consequences
Magnesium is essential for us to survive and we need to take it either through our diet or magnesium products. If we don’t ensure we get an adequate intake through our diet, our body starts to release magnesium from its reserves in the muscles or bones. If your intake remains inadequate for a prolonged period it causes magnesium deficiency that can have a range of consequences. Lots of people are aware of the acute symptoms, which often include muscle cramps, fatigue or eyelid twitching. But did you know that magnesium deficiency can also have other consequences such as cardiovascular problems?
Fatigue and migraine as possible consequences of magnesium deficiency
Magnesium affects neuromuscular processes (ones associated with muscles and nerves). The transmission of nerve impulses can also be involved in migraine. So, migraine may be a consequence of magnesium deficiency – at least in terms of the frequency of attacks.
Migraine can be reduced by ensuring your magnesium supply is adequate.
Another potential effect of magnesium on the nervous system is exhaustion. If we are suffering from a magnesium deficiency, fatigue is a common consequence.
Tension due to magnesium deficiency
Together with calcium, magnesium supports muscles every time they move: magnesium allows them to relax and calcium ensures they can contract. If you have a magnesium deficiency, the balance shifts in favour of calcium, increasing muscle contractions. If this persists it can cause tension.
Magnesium deficiency: consequences for the cardiovascular system?
The consequences of magnesium deficiency for the cardiovascular system are little known to the general public but a frequent topic of discussion in medical circles. Studies have shown that magnesium affects levels of “C-reactive protein” (CRP) in the blood.1 CRP is a marker for inflammation in the body and its level increases if a magnesium deficiency is present. If this type of inflammation occurs in the body over a prolonged period it can have consequences such as:
- Arteriosclerosis (blood vessel disorder)
- Rheumatic diseases
- Cardiovascular diseases
In some cases, there is a correlation between high C-reactive protein levels and magnesium deficiency. Administering the mineral can reduce inflammation in the body and improve C-reactive protein levels. To avoid the consequences of magnesium deficiency it’s important to keep an eye on your supply of this vital mineral. Biolectra® magnesium products can help you maintain an adequate supply.
1 Simental-Mendia, L. E., et al. (2017). Effect of magnesium supplementation on plasma C-reactive protein concentrations: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Current pharmaceutical design, 23(31), 4678-4686.