The Invisible Deficiency

I have always thought myself deficient in, well, many areas.  When I was young, it was if only I could play the piano just a bit better.  piano-player-484805_640 Then it was playing basketball – if only I was taller.  Then it was school – if only I was a bit smarter.   Then it was if only I was handsome. Then it was….well, you get the idea.

As I got older, my deficiencies took on a new look.  It was the workplace where I KNEW I was deficient in dealing with the corporate BS that one had to endure to work at such a place.  If only I was more into the whole game.  If only I had chosen a different career path, say electrician.  But that kind of thinking led back to the previous deficiency conundrums experienced throughout my life.

It wasn’t until I was older, in my forties, when health deficiencies took center stage.   The discovery of herbs, minerals, vitamins was necessitated by several on-going health issues. During my long journey back to good health, I learned of the “invisible deficiency” of magnesium.

Magnesium is a necessary element/mineral for life.  In fact, without magnesium, things begin to die.  Deficiencies of magnesium can affect the health and operating efficiencies of the brain, heart and blood vessels.

Magnesium Crystal

For the brain:  

Magnesium calms the brain, reduces clouded thinking, combats depression, nervousness and irritability.  It can improve memory and reduce headaches and migraines.

For the heart:

From, Dr. Mercola writes in his article- Adequate Levels of Magnesium Linked to Improved Heart Health:

In a recent study, researchers conducted a dose-response meta-analysis of over 40 studies with over 1 million participants, published between 1999 and 2016,3 looking for a correlation between magnesium intake and diabetes, cardiovascular disease (CVD) and all-cause mortality.

They found no significant association between increasing the intake of magnesium above 100 mg per day and the risk of CVD or congestive heart disease (CHD).4

However, the same increase in magnesium intake per day was linked with a 22 percent reduction in the potential risk of heart failure and a 7 percent decrease in the risk of stroke. The increase in magnesium was also linked to a 10 percent drop in the risk of death from all causes and a 19 percent drop in the potential risk of diabetes

For the blood vessels:

The body uses magnesium to regulate blood vessel and muscle contractions.

Many studies show when tissues and blood vessels aren’t contracting and relaxing as they should be, irregular heartbeat, stroke and high blood pressure can occur.

From Harvard Health Publications/Harvard Medical School

Magnesium helps regulate hundreds of body systems, including blood pressure, blood sugar, and muscle and nerve function. We need magnesium to help blood vessels relax, and for energy production, bone development, and transporting calcium and potassium. Just like potassium, too much magnesium can be lost in urine due to diuretic use, leading to low magnesium levels

While it’s unfortunate that deficiency of magnesium doesn’t explain the current insanity of the modern age (well, maybe it explains a portion of it) it’s good to know it’s available to assist us with a host of ailments we might have, and also keep bad health at bay.

For extensive information on the benefits of magnesium, check out the following links:

Is Magnesium the Missing Link in Your Heart Healthy Routine?

The Sure-Fire Way to Tell If You’re Magnesium-Deficient


The content provided here is for informational purposes only and should not be used in place of the advice of a healthcare professional. While I have been taking magnesium supplements for years, I can’t say how they might affect you. Always consult a doctor or your trusted health guru if you have health concerns.

Photo credit (magnesium crystal):  By Warut Roonguthai (Own work) [GFDL ( or CC BY-SA 3.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons

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