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Monday, 19 January 2015

Magnesium and The New Iron Deficiency

New researches have been revealing hidden formulas and even secrets surrounding the reason for your unexpected behaviours and reactions to activities, things and people around you. I have earlier dealt almost exhaustively with chromium as regards how it affects your health in relation to diabetes and the all importance of whole (grains) foods. Just like chromium, magnesium is a vital mineral; it is an all important trace element that is also accessible mainly through the consumption of whole foods, especially grains.

Sheaves of (Whole Grains) - rich source of Magnesium

This new revelation also underscores the need for you to be fully at home with your whole meal diets and even nuts as well. Now, I ask you – do you sometimes feel exhausted, irritable, and just somewhat - uninterested about everything? For sure the symptoms easily match those of iron deficiency, that is to say you may be lacking in blood supply. But the news is that it could be something else; perhaps your system may be crying out for magnesium. It is called the silent deficiency.

Green leafy vegetables

Doctors and nutritionists have discovered that inadequate supply of magnesium easily manifests the symptoms highlighted above. So what do you do? Load your system with enough of whole foods, especially whole grain diet and also, do not miss out on your nuts such as – groundnuts, cashew nuts, almonds, coconuts, etc; they are equally rich sources of magnesium. Whole foods easily connote unprocessed foods especially in the areas of grains, like brown rice, Abakaliki and Ofada rice, whole wheat, maize, millet, guinea corn, oats, etc. 

All of these foods are naturally equipped with a rich supply of magnesium in their natural state. Also, load yourself with lots of fruits and vegetables and you will be glad. But magnesium is better absorbed into the body in the presence, or with the aid of calcium. So make sure you eat up all you have that contains calcium – calcium rich foods will help you make adequate use of the magnesium you get from your meals. Especially for ladies, these nutritional procedures are very important as you are more prone to these basic system reactions. 

And so if you think you are eating well and yet not feeling well, then look again; you may be lacking in calcium which is supposed to complement your magnesium intake. Low levels of calcium inhibit your ability to absorb magnesium for your body’s benefits. For your interest, calcium rich foods are such as – dairy products and dark green vegetables, etc.


A word of caution: you must learn to rest well by avoiding too much of physical activities or strain to your body and entire system as magnesium is lost through sweating. And so this could be why you regularly feel fatigued; even your cardiovascular health can be adversely affected by the low level of magnesium in your system. Other factors to avoid because they reduce your magnesium levels are – too much of alcohol, stress, soft drinks, birth control pills, diuretics. You definitely need to up your blood magnesium levels as it helps a great deal playing even silent roles in helping to regulate your blood sugar, blood pressure and energy metabolism experts say.

Lastly, if you hope to get adequate minerals by supplementation, be careful not to abuse it because excess of calcium especially by use of supplements have been found to be very dangerous to health. It could sometimes result in kidney stones, cardiovascular problems, etc. But if you must take calcium supplements make sure you do that with the expert guidance of your doctor. And so, the safest way to get these essential nutrients is through your diet.

By Morgan Nwanguma

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