Magnesium is one of the most abundant minerals found in the body. It is found in bone, teeth, red blood cells and is vital for many systems in the body including the cardiovascular, muscular, and nervous system. Magnesium deficiency can result from a variety of causes and can be divided into 2 main categories: inadequate dietary intake or increased loss either via the GI tract or kidneys. There are also many drugs that deplete magnesium levels such as medications for reflux (Prilosec, Zantac, Nexium), statins, and some blood pressure medications.
Common symptoms of low magnesium include muscle cramps, weakness, heart palpitations, constipation, insomnia, and headaches. Magnesium is found in many foods such as whole grains, nuts, and green vegetables; however, most people do not get enough from their diet.
Low magnesium levels are associated with endothelial (blood vessel) dysfunction, increased C-reactive protein (inflammation marker), and decreased insulin sensitivity. The World Organization reports “low magnesium is implicated in hypertension, coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome” confirming its significance in maintaining the body’s overall health. According to the National Health Institute the daily recommended intake of magnesium is 420mg for men and 320 mg for women. There are many forms of magnesium: chelate, citrate, and glycinate.
When checking magnesium levels it is important to check RBC magnesium. Serum blood levels do not accurately reflect levels because the body will maintain a steady supply to ensure adequate levels for the heart.
At Hermann Wellness we offer Nutrient testing to our patients including magnesium. Our offices are located in Tampa and St. Petersburg. Please call the office at 813-902-9559 for more information or to schedule an appointment.