Magnesium deficiency is not often talked about and people do not understand when they are lacking the electrolyte. Magnesium is important for brain, cardia, and muscle function. Here are 5 warning signs that you may not be aware of.
1. Ringing in the ears (Tinnitus): This is a high pitched sound or what is known as “ringing in the ears”. Hearing loss may also occur. There have been several studies showing how magnesium is correlated with the ear function. For instance, the Mayo Clinic did a study and found that people with hearing loss can restore it within 3 months of taking sufficient levels of magnesium.
2. Muscle cramping or tremors: Magnesium allows the muscle to relax. If you don’t have enough, the muscle will continue to contract leading to cramping. Pregnant women during label are often given a magnesium oxide drip to ease the contraction pain during labor.
3. Depression: Evidence shows that low magnesium levels are linked with depression. A study performed in a Croatian psychiatric facility found that people with suicidal tendencies had low level of magnesium. Taking magnesium instead of an antidepressant is great because there are no side effects.
4. Abnormal Heart Function: Since magnesium is great for muscle function, the cardiac muscle is no exception. Low levels of magnesium can result in arrhythmia (irregular heart beat). Arrhythmia can lead to heart attack or stroke.
5. Kidney Stones: Many people believe that kidney stones are caused by an excess of calcium, but in fact it is a lack of magnesium. Magnesium prevents calcium oxalate formations which are what the stones are primarily made of.
If you have these symptoms, it may be a good idea to eat a diet with okra, sunflower or pumpkin seeds, almonds, soy or black beans, cashews and spinach. These are foods high in magnesium.