Based on magnesium’s many functions within the human body, it plays an important role in prevention and treatment of many diseases. Low levels of magnesium have been associated with a number of chronic diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, insulin resistance and type-2 diabetes mellitus, hypertension, cardiovascular disease (e.g., stroke), migraine headaches, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).”

From Magnesium in Prevention and Therapy, Nutrients, 2015 Sep 23;7(9):8199-226.

 doi: 10.3390/nu7095388

Magnesium deficiency can be problematic for one’s health. It increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, type 2 diabetes, migraine headaches, asthma and colon cancer. Diseases no one wants to experience or watch a loved one experience.

Magnesium is an essential mineral, meaning the body cannot make, and it must be taken from food or supplements. Magnesium plays critical roles in the health of the bones, energy production, helps to regulate blood pressure and muscle function. It is a co-enzyme and is involved in over 300 enzymatic reactions. It affects the diameter of the blood vessels and directly impacts blood pressure levels in the body.

More than half of adults in the US have high blood pressure and more than 58% those suffering from high blood pressure or hypertension, do not have the issue controlled. In addition, studies have found that more than half of Americans do not get the required amount of magnesium from food, and that the amount of magnesium contained in the food was actually decreasing from previous studies.

Early signs of a magnesium deficiency include fatigue, low appetite or loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, and weak muscles or general body weakness. Signs of a severe magnesium deficiency include muscle spasms or cramps, abnormal heart rhythm or coronary spasms, tingling or numbness in the body, seizures, and even personality changes.

Studies have shown that increased magnesium is beneficial for a variety of reasons, and also touch on why magnesium deficiency is so prevalent and hard to diagnose. These studies include:

The Importance of Magnesium in the Human Body: A Systematic Literature Review

Challenges in the Diagnosis of Magnesium Status

Why all migraine patients should be treated with magnesium

Subclinical magnesium deficiency: a principal driver of cardiovascular disease and a public health crisis

Magnesium deficiency in critical illness

Magnesium plays an integral role in preventing Type 2 diabetes in Black Women in the US.

Higher risk of type 2 diabetes for Indigenous Australians associated with lower magnesium levels

Additionally, certain conditions can make it harder for your body to maintain adequate magnesium levels in the body. These conditions include Crohn’s disease, Type 2 diabetes, Celiac disease, chronic diarrhea, and chronic alcohol abuse or regular marijuana use. If you think that you are low in magnesium, you can check your latest blood panels or request that your preferred health care provider order them for you. Arming yourself with the knowledge that you are low in magnesium is a great place to turn the problem around so that you can start to feel better!

Maintaining magnesium levels is essential for your health. Most people do not get enough magnesium through diet alone. If you are trying to supplement with food, the foods that are highest in magnesium are:

Nuts and seeds including pumpkin seeds, almonds, cashews, flaxseeds and peanuts (technically a legume)

Legumes including black beans, edamame, peanuts and lima beans

Whole grains including quinoa, buckwheat and even shredded wheat (unfrosted)

Greens & vegetables, like spinach, Swiss chard, acorn squash, artichokes and kale

Oral supplementation is one possibility to resolve the issue, but magnesium, like so many other supplements, may not make it through the digestive process at all or it may not be absorbed through the digestive tract properly. Up to 80% of what you see on a label can be lost during the digestive process in the body. Many labels have been proven to be incorrect with the amount contained in a supplement, and are often full of junk fillers that may be detrimental to your health – the exact opposite of the problem that you are trying to solve! Many people find that they have been supplementing, but their levels are still remaining low.

If you find yourself needing to supplement magnesium, like many others that just aren’t able to keep adequate levels in their bodies through diet or oral supplementation, IV therapy may be the answer for you. IV therapy helps deliver magnesium directly to the body with 100% bioavailability, meaning your body can take what it needs and absorb it. IV Vitamin therapy avoids the digestive track where so many people are not able to absorb vitamins and minerals because of poor digestive tract health. With IV vitamin therapy delivering magnesium directly to the body with this 100% bioavailability, your body can immediate put magnesium to use for those 300+ uses and help where it may be suffering if you have low levels or worse, a severe magnesium deficiency.

Keeping adequate levels of magnesium in the body often results in better sleep, more energy, fewer leg cramps, reduction in muscle spasms, normalizing or reduction of high blood pressure, help with blood sugar, healthier bones, fewer migraines, better appetite, disappearance of tingling or numbness in the body, and even a greater feeling of well being.

If you need helping supplementing with magnesium, give IV vitamin therapy a try. If you are near Delray Beach, Prime IV can help you with your IV therapy for keeping your magnesium levels steady so that your body can function at its best level with fewer issues. Maintaining magnesium levels lowers the risk of the many diseases and conditions that may be present if your body is deficient. Consistent IV vitamin therapy is the best way to keep your body level supplied with adequate magnesium and to keep your risks lower.