Growing medical research shows that more than 90% of a representative group of examined people have magnesium deficiency, which makes it a popular and important issue.
This mineral deficiency affects a number of health conditions such as immunity response, metabolism, blood pressure value and other.
Magnesium is also responsible for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body.
What is magnesium deficiency due to?
There are a few reasons for the growing number of magnesium deficiency cases. The poor soil is responsible for food plants low in magnesium, and animal products as well, as they consume these plants. Chlorine and fluoride used for water purification attach to the magnesium traces in the drinking (tap) water and that is why the water is also poor in magnesium.
Caffeine and sugar intake also regularly reduce the magnesium levels in the human body, as we consume them on a daily basis. Magnesium deficiency can lead to various health issues, among which are the following:
- High blood pressure( known as hypertension)
A research conducted at the University of Harvard found that people with proper magnesium level had normal blood pressure.
It also confirmed that the risk of high blood pressure was 70% lower in women with proper or higher magnesium levels. Some other studies also found that magnesium supplements can lead to blood pressure reduction.
- Bone health
Magnesium is proven to be equally important for bone health as calcium is, and if one lacks it, the bones will undoubtedly suffer in many ways.
Vitamin D needs magnesium in order to improve the absorption of calcium. That is why it is quite important to have enough magnesium intakes when taking vitamin D as this vitamin reduces the magnesium levels.
- Muscle spasms and cramps
Magnesium deficiency causes muscle stiffness, so it leads to cramps and spasms. The problem can be solved instantly by magnesium intake.
- Arteries calcification
Arteries calcification is related to hearth problems and is one of the most dangerous medical conditions caused by magnesium deficiency.
What’s more, patients who have suffered from heart attack are injected with magnesium chloride to stop the calcification and blood clotting.
- Anxiety and depression
Magnesium hangs out in the synapse between 2 neurons, together with calcium and glutamate. The NMDA receptor is activated and the magnesium defends this receptor. In cases of magnesium deficiency, the receptor is without its defender which can lead to neuron damage and cell death. This problem is quite serious and difficult to be solved.