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Magnesium Deficiency – Are We Really Magnesium Deficient?

March 11, 2009

Magnesium Deficiency might be a real problem for many of us.  I have been taking 400- 800 milligrams of magnesium and am not sure where I would be without it.  I think one of the major reasons I do not have muscles cramps during my pregnancy is connected to the fact I take magnesium every day.

I know alot of women who suffer from high blood pressure, restless leg syndrome, inability to sleep well, constipation, cramping, pre-term contractions, RLS (restless leg syndrome) etc during their pregnancy.  Because magnesium relaxes the system, it gets me thinking that magnesium plays  huge roll in a happy, healthy pregnancy.

Wikipedia says

“Possible symptoms as a result of magnesium deficiency are widespread, they include: hypertension, cardiovascular disease, vitamin K deficiency, depressed immunity, depression, diabetes, erectile dysfunction, high level of stress, insomnia, migraines, ADHD, asthma, RLS – Restless Leg Syndrome & allergies.”

Do you take extra magnesium?

Are you deficient in magnesium?

There are a couple ways to know if you are getting enough magnesium….  you can increase the amount each day until you get loose stools and the lower the dose a bit.  Also, if you experience ANY of the following list, you are probably magnesium deficient:

  • mitral valve prolapse
  • migraines
  • cavities and/or crooked teeth
  • ADD/ADHD – attention deficit disorder
  • fibromyalgia
  • asthma
  • muscle cramps
  • restless leg syndrome
  • pre-eclampsia
  • premature birth

What about dosage?


The recommended daily allowance or RDA for magnesium is 350 milligrams of elemental magnesium. An important point here is that when reading the label of a supplement containing magnesium, it is important to distinguish between the number of milligrams per tablet or capsule of the entire magnesium complex versus the number of milligrams of elemental magnesium or pure magnesium. For example, one label of a chelated magnesium states that 4 tablets contain 4,000 mg of the chelated magnesium complex with 500 mg of elemental magnesium. The important number is the one that refers to the elemental magnesium. The other 3,500 mg in this case refers to the amino acid complex that is bound to the magnesium. -Michael B.Schachter, M.D.

Dr. Schachter says it is hard to overdose on magnesium.  It would be safe to take 1000 mg a day.  Since your kidneys rid your body of any extra magnesium, it is important to make sure you are drinking enough water.

Here is a list of things and conditions that cause magnesium definiciency:

  • Alcohol- all forms cause significant losses
  • Amphetamines/Cocaine
  • Burns- with large surface area
  • Calcium- you need magnesium to assimilate calcium
  • Carbohydrates- especially white sugar, high fructose corn syrup, white flour
  • Chronic pain- any cause
  • Coffee
  • Diabetes- magnesium spills with sugar in the urine
  • Diarrhea- any cause
  • Diuretics
  • Insulin- whether from using insulin or from hyperinsulinemia
  • Over-training- extreme athletic physical conditioning/training
  • Sodas- especially cola type sodas, both diet and regular
  • Stress- physical and mental- anything that gets your fight or flight reaction
  • Surgery
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3 Comments leave one →
  1. March 3, 2010 7:18 pm

    Natural Calm is a water soluble form of magnesium citrate. Available in most natural health food stores.

  2. July 6, 2009 1:52 pm

    You know so many interesting infomation. You might be very wise. I like such people. Don’t stop writing.

    • theCmom permalink*
      July 10, 2009 5:39 pm

      Thanks for the encouragement – I will continue to write on 🙂 I have just begun this controversial journey!

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