Cashew nuts are a good source of magnesium.

Cashew nuts are a good source of magnesium.

Are you magnesium deficient? If you are suffering from a plethora of symptoms that don’t make sense, or if you fear that these symptoms might mean that you are seriously ill, don’t panic yet. The problem could be that you are suffering from a magnesium deficiency.

Magnesium is a crucial mineral that is a co-factor for many chemical interactions in the body or physiological havoc can be the result. The problem is that many of us are short in magnesium because we do not get the amounts of it that we need from our produce. Magnesium also works closely in tandem with the mineral calcium, helping many systems in the body to run smoothly

Magnesium is in many every day foods sold in the grocery stores, but many of still need supplementation. This is due to irresponsible farming practices that leave the soil depleted of magnesium and other minerals. This means that this grocery store kale that you bought that you thought was rich in magnesium, actually contains very little. The fact these minerals exist at lower levels in produce is exactly why you should buy your produce locally and from organic sources as much as you can

The Symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency

There are five major symptoms of magnesium deficiency

#1 Abnormal Heart Beat

Do you suffer from a cardiac arrhythmia? Have you heard people say that they have this condition and that they then “grew out of it.”? Chances are that eating foods with more magnesium might have corrected the erratic heartbeat. It is widely known that that a magnesium deficiency can cause a heart murmur (meaning that it skips beat), and in fact, the prescription medication used to treat heart arrhythmia contains this mineral.

#2 Depression

Low magnesium levels may responsible for your depression. If you are a feeling down, eating organic foods that contain magnesium may help you beat the blues. In some cases, supplementing your diet with magnesium may even alleviate the condition altogether. This because an excess of calcium, widely available in our diet, can cause disruptive interactions in our brain chemistry and the magnesium is needed to help flush the excess magnesium out of our bodies.

#3 Kidney Stones

An insufficiency of magnesium is also a factor in the development of kidney stones. Kidney stones consist of oxalate that has bonded together with calcium. The resulting gravel is very difficult and very painful to expel. Magnesium helps to prevent this condition by stopping the calcium and oxalate from bonding together to make a solid substance.

#4 Muscle Cramps and Tremors

Without magnesium, your muscles cannot relax. If you are suffering from muscle cramping, twitching, Charlie Horses or cramping of the feet, the culprit may be a lack of magnesium. Magnesium is so effective at relaxing your muscles that it is used in sleep remedies and it is used as a drip in hospitals to help relax the spasms that women in labor experience just before giving birth.

#5 Ringing in the Ears or Hearing Loss

Ringing in the ears, also known as tinnitus, does not have to be a condition that you live with forever. In fact ringing in the ears can lead to a condition of temporary deafness that can be remedied with magnesium supplementation. Hearing mechanisms depend on a healthy biochemical balance between calcium and magnesium and when it is not there, you can suffer from tinnitus.

Supplementing Your Diet With Magnesium

As long as you are buying organic, you can obtain abundant amounts of magnesium from almonds, black beans, black-eyed peas, Brazil nuts, crab, edamame, cashews, cheese, halibut, lentils, marmite spread, okra, potato, pumpkin seeds, quinoa, salmon, sesame seeds, spinach, sunflower seeds, Swiss Chard, wheat germ, yogurt.

Magnesium is also available in supplemental form, including liquid , powdered, capsule and pill versions.

Do you suspect that you have health problems due to a magnesium deficiency? At the Pinewood Natural Healthcare Centre in Don Mills and at our Pickering location, we offer blood testing, dark field microscopy blood analysis, iv treatments, naturopathic testing and naturopathic testing. Visit the Pinewood Natural Healthcare Centre website that has a list of full services and products at or call our Toronto Office at  (416)-656- 8100.  We also have an office in Pickering, Ontario at (905)-427-0057. You can also email us at and we would be happy to answer any question that you have about our holistic health services.


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