Major Signs You Are Magnesium Deficient (and What To Do About It!)

by DailyHealthPost Editorial

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2. Depression

Unknown to most, one of the primary signs of magnesium deficiency is depression. In fact, doctors who practiced a century ago administered magnesium sulfate to patients with depression.


In one study at a psychiatric hospital in Croatia, blood samples were tested for magnesium concentration in 79 depressed patients who had attempted suicide and 101 patients who were depressed but didn’t try suicide. The study found that those who had attempted suicide had significantly lower levels of magnesium.

Table 1: Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs) for Magnesium
Age Male Female Pregnancy Lactation
Birth to 6 months 30 mg* 30 mg*
7–12 months 75 mg* 75 mg*
1–3 years 80 mg 80 mg
4–8 years 130 mg 130 mg
9–13 years 240 mg 240 mg
14–18 years 410 mg 360 mg 400 mg 360 mg
19–30 years 400 mg 310 mg 350 mg 310 mg
31–50 years 420 mg 320 mg 360 mg 320 mg
51+ years 420 mg 320 mg

*Adequate Intake (AI)


source: National Institute of Health

3. Heart Arrhythmias

According to doctors at the Henry Low Heart Center at Hartford Hospital, Connecticut, a large percentage of patients with arrhythmias have an intracellular magnesium deficiency. This is also the reason why, magnesium is often used in the treatment of patients suffering from this condition.

4. Kidney Stones

Many people believe that kidney stones are related to too much calcium in the body. The truth of the matter is that kidney stones are the result of low magnesium levels.


Magnesium acts as a kidney stone inhibitor, interfering with the binding of calcium and oxalate that combines to form the stones in the first place. But there’s a catch – there has to be enough magnesium in the body to do this. If you ever had kidney stones before, you’ll want to make sure you eat enough dark green leafy vegetables or take a magnesium supplement.

If you have any of these health conditions or symptoms, see your health practitioner to find out if magnesium may help you.

Read more: 6 Natural Ways To INSTANTLY Boost Magnesium Levels