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Magnesium Deficiency

Magnesium deficiency is one of the leading nutrient deficiencies in adults, with an estimated 80 percent being deficient in this vital.


What is Magnesium?


  • Magnesium, an abundant mineral found in the body, is naturally present in many foods, added to other food products, available as a dietary supplement, and present in some medicines (such as antacids and laxatives).

  • Magnesium is a cofactor in more than 300 enzyme systems that regulate diverse biochemical reactions in the body, including protein synthesis, muscle and nerve function, blood glucose control, and blood pressure regulation.

  • Magnesium is required for energy production, oxidative phosphorylation, and glycolysis. It contributes to the structural development of bone and is required for the synthesis of DNA, RNA, and the antioxidant glutathione.

  • Magnesium also plays a role in the active transport of calcium and potassium ions across cell membranes, a process that is important to nerve impulse conduction, muscle contraction, and normal heart rhythm.

Magnesium Deficiency

Magnesium deficiency is one of the leading nutrient deficiencies in adults, with an estimated 80 percent being deficient in this vital.


A magnesium deficiency can cause significant symptoms. Some of the most prominent include:

  • Hypertension and cardiovascular disease

  • Kidney and liver damage

  • Peroxynitrite damage that can lead to migraine headaches, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma or Alzhemier's disease

  • Nutrient deficiencies including vitamin K, vitamin B1, calcium and po