Did you know that every cell in your body needs magnesium to function? Responsible for over 300 enzyme reactions, magnesium can be traced to all of our tissues but found mainly in our bones, muscle, and brain. As the fourth most abundant mineral in the human body after calcium, potassium, and sodium, magnesium is certainly one of the most critical to overall health. Studies have shown that more than half of Americans are deficient in this important mineral.
The RDA, or recommended daily allowance, for magnesium for males is 420mg/day and for females 320mg/day. According to some studies, the standard American diet contains less than 50% of that, which is contributing to this mineral’s deficiency in our bodies. The main culprits contributing to the depletion of our magnesium levels are certain drugs, like diuretics and some antibiotics, as well as excess consumption of alcohol, salt, and coffee, and chronic stress.
Some symptoms you might be experiencing as a result of magnesium deficiency include:
Muscle Twitches, Tremors & Cramps
Loss of Appetite
Fatigue & Muscle Weakness
High Blood Pressure
Irregular Heartbeat (arrhythmia)
Changes in Mood and/or Personality (depression)