What are the symptoms of magnesium deficiency?

What are the symptoms of magnesium deficiency?

Magnesium is an essential mineral for the body and mind. When ingested, it is primarily stored in the bones but some magnesium does circulate throughout the body via the bloodstream. Magnesium plays a role in over 300 metabolic reactions, all of which impact a number of physical and mental processes.

This mineral is absolutely critical to healthy living. A balanced diet should result in enough magnesium in the body, but daily supplementation with Magnesium Café products will help. Low magnesium levels can result in nausea, vomiting, weakness, tiredness and a suppressed appetite. However, if the problem gets worse, more severe symptoms can be experienced.

Magnesium deficiency can cause serious problems

Magnesium plays a role in important bodily processes, such as energy production, bone strength, muscle functioning, nerve functioning, DNA replication and RNA protein synthesis. A diet that lacks magnesium for long periods of time can result in total magnesium deficiency. The symptoms can include the following:

  • Muscle cramps
  • Seizures
  • Decreased bone density
  • Extreme muscle stiffness
  • Personality changes
  • Abnormal heart rhythms
  • Numbness and tingling throughout the body

A magnesium deficiency can be caused by poor diet, low absorption of magnesium in the stomach or excessive excretion of magnesium through urine. The kidneys have a big role to play in magnesium levels in the body. However, low magnesium levels can be caused by other medical conditions, such as gastrointestinal diseases, type 2 diabetes, chemotherapy treatment, alcoholism, old age and the use of certain diuretics.

How do you know if you have insufficient magnesium

Low magnesium levels can be diagnosed by a doctor based on a physical examination and a blood test. While a test for blood magnesium level does not tell you the amount of magnesium stored in your bones and muscles, it is useful for indicating whether your body is running low on the mineral.

A normal blood magnesium level is between 1.8 and 2.2 milligrams per decilitre (mg/dℓ) – anything below 1.8mg/dℓ is considered low and if the level is less than 1.25mg/dℓ, then the condition is severe and requires urgent attention. How do you keep these levels up? The recommended daily allowance (RDA) for magnesium is as follows – for females, between 310mg and 320mg; for males, between 400mg and 420mg. Teenagers and pregnant women should ingest more magnesium per day. 

How to treat a magnesium deficiency

Doctors will usually treat a magnesium deficiency with oral supplements and advise the patient to increase their consumption of certain foods. The following foods are rich in magnesium:

  • Spinach
  • Almonds
  • Cashews
  • Peanuts
  • Whole-grain cereal
  • Whole wheat bread
  • Avocado
  • Banana
  • Salmon
  • Potato skins

Daily supplementation with Magnesium Café products will help to boost magnesium levels in the body and prevent a deficiency. It will help to boost energy levels and improve concentration. Our products contain 250mg of elemental magnesium – the highest of any product available on the South African market. Try it for yourself and get your health back.


To learn more about magnesium and its many benefits for health and wellness, please do not hesitate to contact us. Magnesium Café has over 25 years of experience in the health and fitness industry. Visit our online store to purchase our products and get your health back.

Magnesium Café offers a range of products that are safe for consumption by people of all ages. They have the highest concentration of elemental magnesium on the market and are 100% Halaal-certified.

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