It's likely that these Magnesium Facts will surprise and amaze you!!
If you have health problems of any kind, keep reading and you just might find out that you health problems are simply Signs of Magnesium Deficiency!
The Magnesium Facts show that magnesium is even MORE than an important nutrient in its own right, but that it is ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL to be sufficient in magnesium in order to be able to be sufficient in OTHER nutrients as well!
What this means is that if you are deficient in magnesium, other
nutrients that you are taking may not be going where they are
supposed to be going or doing what they are supposed to be doing! For
instance, there is much research that magnesium is required for the absorption of MANY nutrients including:
Even MORE interesting is that in cases of Low Potassium Levels, giving ONLY magnesium will correct the POTASSIUM deficiency in many cases- when giving the potassium by itself WITHOUT the magnesium will NOT correct the potassium deficiency!
Interesting magnesium facts, huh?
Too bad that doctors aren't aware of this. In the hospital, there are many patients that have a curious phenomenon of requiring LARGE quantities of potassium supplements. In studies, magnesium supplementation solved this problem- without even GIVING potassium, but doctors in clinical practice have not discovered this trick.
Magnesium deficiency is the DEFINITE cause of a condition called Latent Tetany Syndrome- or just Tetany Syndrome. This condition has elements of extreme all over body pain, fatigue and mental problems. It is also VERY difficult to diagnose because it almost always occurs with a NORMAL blood Magnesium Level.
While you may not have heard of this problem, I'm sure that you HAVE heard of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Symptoms of Fibromyalgia. Well, the relationship between latent tetany syndrome, Fibromyalgia and Magnesium deficiency may be SO strong that they are actually THE SAME problem!!
The only difference between people who get diagnosed with Latent
Tetany Syndrome and Fibromyalgia is that one group actually has it's Magnesium Level closely checked and one doesn't. Imagine being wrongly diagnosed with an incurable illness simply because you were not checked for a simple vitamin deficiency!
As well as interfering with the absorption of nutrients, low Magnesium Levels also interfer with the absorption of some drugs.
One drug in particular, a heart drug called digoxin, is used to treat an abnormal heart condition called atrial fibrillation. In one study, patients with this fast heart rhythm required twice as much of the drug digoxin to slow their heart rate when the patients had low magnesium levels.
In some studies, the atrial fibrillation actually changed into the correct heart rhythm using ONLY magnesium and NO DRUGS- which are usually required for this heart problem.
Some Drugs CAUSE Low Magnesium Levels
Some drugs are well known to CAUSE magnesium to be excreted, a condition called magnesium wasting syndrome. This issue was briefly discussed on the Heart Failure Death page where a class of drugs called Diuretics, also known as water pills, end up depleting magnesium and potassium levels and contributing to the high incidence of patients with heart failure who experience sudden cardiac death.
Other drugs that can cause magnesium wasting are:
and there are likely more. Low magnesium levels, technically termed hypomagnesemia is a quite common - and almost completely overlooked- side effect of many different drugs. While it would seem prudent to simply recommend magnesium when any of these drugs are prescribed, this almost never happens.
People who have Psychotic illnesses like schizophrenia tend to have lower Magnesium Levels than the rest of the population. However, and interesting magnesium fact about antipsychotic medications is that they actually RAISE intracellular magnesium. The increased magnesium levels correlate with an improvement in symptoms. Researchers speculate that antipsychotic drugs actually work because they raise magnesium levels!
But once you see the dangerous Side Effects of Antipsychotic Medications, you might want to try simply taking magnesium FIRST to see if that helps your symptoms!
There are so many more magnesium facts, that entire books have been written on it! Really, so many problems can be attributed to magnesium deficiency that it all can't be put on one page. From seizures to diabetes to heart issues, the Symptoms of Magnesium deficiency are vast. Keep reading to find out more about how magnesium effects you...
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