Symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency

Symptoms and Behaviors

Everyone can benefit from extra  magnesium supplementation. The list below of symptoms and behaviors will help you recognize magnesium deficiency and identify your need for magnesium. If you can tick off a few, you may want to see how many of your symptoms improve when you take magnesium supplements.


  • Alcohol intake - more than seven per week
  • Anger
  • Angina
  • Anxiety
  • Apathy
  • Arrhythmia of the heart
  • Asthma
  • Blood tests - Low: Calcium, Potassium, Magnesium
  • Bowel problems - Constipation, Diarrhea, IBS, Chron's, Colitis
  • Brain trauma
  • Bronchitis, chronic
  • Caffeine - (coffee, tea, chocolate), if ingesting more than three servings per day
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
  • Cold extremities
  • Concentration difficulties
  • Confusion
  • Convulsions
  • Depression
  • Diabetes - Type I, Type II, Gestational diabetes
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Food intake imbalances: Limited green leafy vegetables, seeds, fresh fruit, and high protein
  • Food cravings: Carbohydrates, Chocolate, Salt & Junk food
  • Gagging or choking on food
  • Headaches
  • Heart disease
  • Heart - rapid rate
  • High blood pressure
  • Hyperactivity
  • Hyperventilation
  • Infertility
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Kidney stones
  • Medications: Digitalis, Diruetics, Antibiotics, Steroids, Oral contraceptives, Indomethacin, Cisplatin, Amphotericin B, Cholestyramine, Synthetic estrogens.
  • Memory impairment
  • Mercury amalgam dental fillings
  • Menstrual pain and cramps
  • Migraines
  • Mineral supplements - Taking calcium, zinc or iron without magnesium
  • Mitral valve prolapse
  • Muscle cramps or spasms
  • Muscle twitching or tics
  • Muscle weakness
  • Numbness of hand or feet
  • Osteoporosis
  • Paranoia
  • Parathyroid hyperactivity
  • PMS
  • Polycystic ovarioan disease
  • Pregnancy
  • Radiation therapy, recent
  • Raynaud's syndrome
  • Restlessness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Smoking
  • Startled easily by noise
  • Stressful life or circumstances
  • Stroke
  • Sugar, high intake daily
  • Syndrome X
  • Thyroid hyperactivity
  • Tingling of hands or feet
  • Transplants - kidney, liver
  • Tremor of the hands
  • Water that contains - Fluoride, Chlorine or Calcium
  • Wheezing