Magnesium deficiency is becoming increasingly common. As a chiropractor, I am seeing magnesium deficiencies in more and more patients. Magnesium deficiency can cause many symptoms, however the most common ones I see as a Chiropractor are muscle stiffness, cramps, spasms, tiredness, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, restless leg syndrome, neuropathies, migraines, insomnia and anxiety and depression. Magnesium is a relaxation mineral, relaxing your muscles, mind and mood.
A couple key factors in magnesium deficiency are:
- Depleted soil conditions (plants have lower magnesium as well as the animals who feed off these plants).
- Use of chemicals in our water (Fluoride and chlorine)
- Poor digestion
- Marathoners/competitive athletes
- Kids who have chronic constipation
There are several forms of magnesium, however, magnesium glycenate and citrate are two very common forms. Magnesium citrate is typically used for individuals with constipation (loosens your stool). Magnesium Glycenate is the form I carry in my practice. Magnesium Glycenate is considered the ideal form because our body easily absorbs it. Magnesium is an essential mineral and the Glycine is a non-essential amino acid.
Researches have detected thousands of magnesium binding sites on human proteins indicating a major importance in the role of human health and disease. Magnesium is also found in more than 300 different enzymes in your body.
These enzymes are responsible for:
- ATP production (energy molecule of the body)
- Proper formation of bone and health
- Relaxation of blood vessels
- Action of your heart muscles
- Promotion of proper bowel function
- Regulation of blood sugar levels
Possible Conditions affected by Magnesium deficiency:
- Chronic pain
- Neuropathies (numbness & tingling)
- Muscle spasms
- High blood pressure
- Arrhythmia or calcification of the arteries
- Restless Leg Syndrome
- Chronic constipation
- PMS cramping
- Tick Disorders (Tourette’s)
- Anxiety and Depression
- Low energy
The best way to consume Magnesium should be through whole foods. Unfortunately magnesium is hard to get in our diet because our soils are depleted of key nutrients and our foods are heavily processed. Organic foods may have more Magnesium as most fertilizer used on conventional farms relies on nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium instead of magnesium.
Top 10 foods that contain magnesium:
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Black beans
- Dark Chocolate
Magnesium Glycenate is an excellent addition to our patient’s treatment plans. If you have any questions on the exciting benefits Magnesium can have on your body, don’t hesitate to ask.
“The preservation of health is easier than the cure of disease” Samuel Johnson
Dr. Monique Aucoin