Magnesium is an essential nutrient, but is lacking in many diets. Should you take a magnesium supplement? There is no universal answer to the question, but the symptoms of a magnesium deficiency should tell you if it’s a possible solution for you.
Symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency
Some of the possible symptoms of magnesium deficiency include:
- Muscle cramps, twitches or tremours
- Irritability or mood disorders
- Poor concentration
- Frequent constipation
- Elevated blood pressure
- Frequent headaches or migraines
- Menstrual cramps and/or pain
Another symptom of a possible magnesium deficiency is a craving for chocolate. While your brain might be telling you you love chocolate, your body may be craving the high levels of magnesium found in dark chocolate.
While these symptoms are not exclusive to magnesium deficiency, if you suffer from several of them, it may be an indication that you are magnesium-deficient.
Aside from chocolate, a number of other foods are rich in magnesium and other nutrients:
- Nuts and seeds
- Green leafy vegetables
- Legumes and pulses such as lentils, black beans, kidney beans and chickpeas
- Dairy foods
If you feel you need to take a magnesium supplement, it should be a high quality supplement that can easily be absorbed. Some forms of magnesium supplements are poorly absorbed and can lead to digestive problems.
It takes several weeks before you will notice the results of regular therapeutic doses of magnesium supplement and magnesium deficiency may not be the cause of your problem. If you feel a magnesium deficiency may be your problem, it is probably better to visit an integrative health professional first. For example, Petrozzi Wellness Centre’s Dr. Michael Elstein holds a Masters Degree in Nutrition and is available for a complimentary phone call. He may be able to help you or you may need to make an appointment to have tests done to determine the nutritional cause of your symptoms.