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Posted on Nov 14, 2014 by in Supplements | 2 comments

Magnesium is very important to health!  A whopping 75% of Americans are deficient in this vital mineral.  There are several reasons for a deficiency in magnesium, which can include:  a diet high in processed foods, digestive disorders, use of diuretics, kidney disease, diabetes, and chemical exposure.

Also, some medications can deplete magnesium stores.  Those include:

  •   digoxin (used to treat atrial fibrillation and irregular heartbeat)
  •   corticosteroids (generally used to treat inflammation)
  •   birth control pills
  •   warfarin (a blood thinner)
  •   theophylline (to treat asthma, bronchitis, emphysema and other breathing disorders)

Blood tests usually won’t pick up a magnesium deficiency until it is very severe, so diet analysis and looking for symptoms help to determine if a lack of sufficient magnesium is present.

Some of the classic signs of magnesium deficiency are neurological in origin.  These include:

  • muscle spasms and/or cramping (including menstrual cramps)
  • facial tics
  • eye twitches
  • fibromyalgia
  • insomnia

In looking up what magnesium is used to treat, I found some 30+ conditions/ailments.  Some of these were:  high blood pressure, chronic fatigue syndrome, constipation, PMS, tinnitus, hypoglycemia, and fibromyalgia.

This is an overview of magnesium and how important it is to health.  There is a lot of other information out there that’s worth investigating.  Some resources are listed below.

Well Within You

Mind Body Green

Alternative Cures by Bill Gottlieb

The Natural Physician’s Healing Therapies by Dr. Mark Stengler

Clean, Green and Lean by Dr. Walter Crinnion


  1. Hmmmm.
    Is a blood test the only way to determine if you are deficient, apart from the symptoms you describe? I don’t sleep as well as I’d like and I do have tinnitus, so I’m interested.
    I read Well Within You and I do eat a lot of veggies, particularly spinach. I’m going to bump up my dark chocolate intake though!

    • Danny, a blood test can determine your magnesium levels, but I’ve always used symptoms from my body to guide me as to how much magnesium to supplement with. I’ve been supplementing with magnesium for 23 years. It helps me sleep and reduces muscle cramps. There is research that shows magnesium can reduce tinnitus. Here’s a link from a trusted source that you can check out for more information: