Do You Need a Magnesium Supplement?

Do You Need a Magnesium Supplement?

We've talked before about our love for magnesium here at Naturally Savvy, but with at least 75% of Americans not getting enough, how do we know when it's time to supplement? Read on for symptoms of deficiency, natural sources, and where to start if supplementation is the right solution for you.

Read more about magnesium deficiency and what you can do about it

Why magnesium is important for health

It might be easier to talk about what this wonder mineral doesn't do. Magnesium is involved in over 350 biochemical processes in the body. Magnesium is necessary for everything from proper functioning muscles-like your heart and brain health, to stress levels, sleep, and anxiety.

Our bodies need magnesium to produce blood, transform energy, transmit nerve impulses, maintain our musculoskeletal system, and regulate and maintain a healthy pH balance in our blood, cells, and tissues.

Magnesium is present in foods like dark, leafy greens, potatoes, nuts and seeds, whole grains, beans, avocados, and fruit like bananas. It can be difficult to get enough magnesium through diet alone, and it's made even harder by the fact that you can lose magnesium by consuming too much-refined sugar, caffeine, alcohol, or soda. Even simple, everyday activities like using your muscles and the beating of your heart causes magnesium depletion.

If you have the following symptoms, you may have low magnesium levels:

  1. Muscle signs such as foot pain, muscles twitches (including under-eye twitching), and foot or leg cramps
  2. Loss of appetite
  3. Headache
  4. Nausea and/or poor digestion
  5. Low energy or fatigue
  6. Weakness

More severe magnesium deficiency can result in:

  1. Abnormal heart rhythms, which can include premature atrial contractions (extra beats), premature ventricular contractions (skipped heartbeats), atrial fibrillation (irregular heart rhythm), and tachycardia (rapid heart rate), among others
  2. Coronary spasms, a temporary, sudden narrowing of a coronary artery, resulting in a slowing or stopping of blood flow
  3. Tingling and numbness because of the impact on the deficiency on the peripheral nervous system
  4. Muscle cramps and contractions (more severe than experienced in the early stage of deficiency)
  5. Personality changes, such as irritability, tantrums, panic attacks, depression
  6. Chronic insomnia and other sleep disorders
  7. Seizures

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Magnesium

There are a lot of different types of magnesium supplements available, and it's best to discuss your options with your natural health practitioner. Different magnesium supplements have different benefits and address specific health concerns, and the dosage is important.

Magnesium Chelate

This type of magnesium occurs in food naturally and is highly absorbable. Chelated magnesium is bound to amino acids to help the mineral pass through the digestive system intact.

Magnesium Citrate

This magnesium is combined with citric acid. Too much can have a laxative effect but is often used to aid with immune and digestive issues, as well as migraines.

Magnesium Chloride

The most absorbable version of magnesium, it can be taken as an oil and used for people who cannot take their supplements with meals.

Magnesium Glycinate

This is one of the most popular and absorbable forms of magnesium. It has a calming effect and is good for anxiety, stress, and sleep issues, as well as muscular disruptions.

Magnesium Sulfate/Hydroxide

Most commonly known as milk of magnesia, this type is used as a laxative, to reduce digestive issues, as a laxative, or as an antacid. It is easy to take too much, so smaller doses are recommended.

Magnesium Carbonate

This form is known to maintain heart, bone, muscle, and benefit nerve health.

[Editor's Note: We recommend a high-quality magnesium supplement like Pure Essence Ionic Fizz ™ Magnesium Plus which has a balanced profile of vitamins and minerals combined with a great source of magnesium, simply add the powder to water and enjoy.]

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Lisa Roth Collins is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN) is the Marketing Manager at NaturallySavvy.com. She is passionate about health and wellness and tries her best to make healthier choices every day for herself and her family. Her journey to natural health was driven by her own struggles with digestive discomfort, depression, and anxiety. Lisa returned to school in 2014 to study nutrition at the Canadian School for Natural Nutrition. She threw herself into her studies so she could learn as much as she could to help herself feel better and thrive. Upon completing the program and being certified as an RHN, Lisa began her work at Naturally Savvy where she has been able to help so many people learn to make healthier choices for themselves. Through her work, she has connected with so many incredible people in the industry whether other authors, influencers, or brands. Plus, she is affectionately known as "Techie Spice" because of her ability to wrap her head around technology. Every day she gets up with a renewed sense of energy and ready to make a difference. You can read all of Lisa's content here. In her spare time, Lisa loves to try new recipes, make delicious and nourishing meals, and she is an avid reader. For more information about Lisa, check out her profile on here.