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Magnesium Deficiency Symptoms & Solutions: What You Need to Know About This Widespread but Woefully Underreported Health Issue

If you are over the age of 50, your odds go up for osteoporosis, and if you are under the age of 50, you might have weak bones already. Find out if magnesium could bemore important than calcium to help you increase bone density.

10:4... it's not just CB radio jargon, it's actually the ideal calcium magnesium ratio in your body. Unfortunately, calcium is getting all the press, with magnesium falling into the background.

If you are making this mistake, it could be impacting your health.

Everywhere you look there are new calcium supplements and calcium-fortified products, especially in processed foods. And even though many people consume plenty of calcium, bone diseases like osteoporosis are still epidemic, affecting 55% of people over the age of 50!1

The average American does not consume enough magnesium, and as a result, many people have a calcium to magnesium ratio of 10:2.67 or even 15:4.

Magnificent Magnesium

Why is the calcium magnesium ratio so important?

Because magnesium is the most versatile mineral in your body and participates in over 300 hormone reactions!

This workhorse of a mineral plays many roles in your body, including:2

  • Gives rigidity AND flexibility to your bones
  • Increases bioavailability of calcium
  • Regulates and normalizes blood pressure
  • Prevents and reverses kidney stone formation
  • Promotes restful sleep
  • Helps prevent congestive heart failure
  • Eases muscle cramps and spasms
  • Lowers serum cholesterol levels and triglycerides
  • Decreases insulin resistance
  • Can prevent artherosclerosis and stroke
  • End cluster and migraine headaches
  • Enhances circulation
  • Relieves fibromyalgia and chronic pain
  • Treats asthma and emphysema
  • Helps make proteins
  • Encourages proper elimination
  • Prevents osteoporosis

Magnesium is a magnificent mineral and imperative for good health.

But a poor diet of processed foods and a stressful lifestyle can lead to mineral deficiencies, including magnesium. If you ARE deficient in magnesium, you may notice a wide range of symptoms.

Magnesium Deficiency Symptoms

Because magnesium is active in so many different processes in your body, magnesium deficiency symptoms are varied and can include:

  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety, hyperactivity, restlessness
  • Constipation
  • Muscle spasms, twitches, soreness
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Back aches
  • Headaches
  • Chest tightness and difficulty breathing
  • Heart palpitations
  • High blood pressure
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Osteoporosis

Any of these common symptoms may indicate that you need more magnesium in your diet, but this simple mineral can help eliminate these symptoms and enhance your health.

Reverse Your Magnesium Deficiency Symptoms

Diet and lifestyle play a key role in your magnesium intake. Here are some simple and easy ways to boost your magnesium intake:

  • Eat green vegetables. Green vegetables have lots of chlorophyll, a molecule that contains magnesium.
  • Avoid refined and processed foods. Most refined products like white sugar and processed foods made with white flour have had their magnesium removed.
  • Try fermented foods and drinksFermented foods and drinks populate your gut with probiotics (beneficial bacteria and yeast) that help your body absorb more magnesium from your food.

    If you want to avoid finding and cracking young green coconuts, try our delicious probiotic liquid, CocoBiotic.

  • Try a magnesium supplement. Take a magnesium citrate supplement, like Peter Gilliam's CALM or Magna Calm. These two are powders and can be taken by adults and children to boost your magnesium intake and even ease constipation.

    Donna Gates suggests that you have other types of magnesium supplements as well. Magnesium chloride from the Pain and Stress Center in Texas is one of her favorites. You can also purchase Magesium Asparate from your health food store in capsules. Take 400-1600 mg per day to help relax you and to help your bowels move on a regular basis.

Be 10:4 With Magnesium

If you want to feel your best, then don't overlook magnesium. This low profile mineral is actually a key to your health and vitality! With the right calcium magnesium ratio, you'll always be 10:4!


  1. Fast Facts, National Osteoporosis Foundation.
  2. De Angellis, Tony, "Tony's Tidbits: Magnificent Magnesium," Tony's Tidbits, Jan 2002.

Other Sources:

  1. Schachter, Michael, "The Importance of Magnesium to Human Nutrition,"
  2. Simmons, Sandy, "Common Conditions Linked to a Magnesium Deficiency,"

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31 thoughts on “Magnesium Deficiency Symptoms & Solutions: What You Need to Know About This Widespread but Woefully Underreported Health Issue”

  • I was having really bad chest pains and didn't know why, I had just ordered magnisium citrate from amazon that where supposed to arrive that day and fortunately they did about a 45 min after feeling the pain. I took 2 pills and also sprayed magnisium citrate on my chest that i had bought about a year ago. The pain disappeared almost immediately. The pain returned the next day although less intense, I quickly took a pill and prayed my chest and the pain went away. Does anybody know if this if magnisium citrate relieves chest pains? I'm on a fasting low carb diet and recently read that it was recommended to take magnisium supplements because of cramps and other magnisium deficiencies. Thanks

  • I was suffering from migraines. I was having 2 or 3 migraines every week and having to take medicine for them. I heard I might have low magnesium and gave it a try. I haven't had a headache in 3 weeks. its a miracle I tell ya!!!!!!!!

  • I have been suffering from severe and chronic neck pain for 6 years. I have tried many different medications that have offered only some relief. I was told to try magnesium for heart rate stability, and was shocked to find that my pain went from an 8 to a 3! I am thrilled! It has also helped me to feel more energetic and less foggy! I am so thankful to have found this benefit and encourage anyone suffering from nerve pain to try magnesium! Good luck!

  • Lisa Mason Jan 22 at 11:03 pm

    I'm loving hearing about these magnesium stories! I have been complaining for years now, there is something wrong with me. Vit D has been low and been taking supplements but no improvements! I still feel like an old person. Muscles ache and so so tired! Then a friend mentioned Magnesium and things have improved immensely esp PMS, tiredness and I've gone off my anti-depressants. Legs ache still. Here's hoping Magnesium saves me and the old Lisa comes back again :)

  • I am a diabetic and started having severe heart palpatations .The hospital said i MY MAGNEIUM was very low levels.I have just started taking mag in a vitamin and hope it helps.As I am reading your messages It gives me hope to start feeling human again.Thanks for the encouragement.

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    an ditto most of your positive comments. i had very low mg level spent 6 days in the hospital.

  • Josh Reynolds May 26 at 4:14 am

    Thanks for this Article.. As i've recently been researching Magnesium to finds ways to cure my horrible Insomia that i got from working Night Shifts which i left around 5months ago and still suffer very badly. Its affected everything my work as im a personal trainer so reguarly keeping fit and healthy is my goal and this has affected me so much, my moods changed from always been happy to tired/moody! As im only 21 i should be enjoying life whilst im young but im missing out on everything as i stay in every night to trying get my sleep back to normal people don't realise how bad poor sleep affects you! But im ordering a Magnesium Spray (Which i'll use before bed) Magnesium Flakes (Which i'll use in the bath on the night) and also a good quality Magnesium Supplement! Iff anyone has any other way to help i would be very welcome just email me through my Email Address.

  • I utilize Mg; however, I utilize it transdermally, and I LOVE IT!

  • Debbie Wells said, "take "Schiff" Super Calcium magnesium. The bottle says to take 3 soft gels daily. 1.2g (1200mg) Calcium. and 400mg Magnesium. But, I take 3, three times a day. Is that enough? Or too much? "

    I have recently read several medical sources about the dangers of taking large doses of supplemental calcium, inlcuding heart problems, kidney problems, and reduced life expectancy. The number included in the most recent study I read was an average of 1,400 or more mg of supplemental calcium a day. According to those numbers, Debbie is clearly in the danger zone with the calcium. I haven't read anything about levels of zinc and magnesium that would be excessive, but I'm going to look for that information.

  • I am on Ion-Mag drops.... my arms and legs were giving out on my and i could hardly walk the steps dr. gave me a catscan for my brain, nothing showed no strokes... and since taking .75 mls in a glass of water twice a day... I am fine, walking the stairs and no weakson in legs or arms.
    how much is mgs is .75 mL I WONDER IF I AM TAKING ENOUGH OR TOO MUCH.
    THANK U i would like to know.... Marilyn

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