Being deficient in magnesium can lead to agitation and anxiety and being anxious and agitated can lead to a magnesium deficiency. If this sounds like a vicious circle, you are right and maintaining sufficient levels of magnesium is one of the best ways to deal with stress. Magnesium deficiency can cause irritability, muscle tension, sleep problems, chronic fatigue, depressions and many other health issues. “The more stress you are under, the more magnesium your body needs”. There are literally hundreds of scientific studies on the numerous benefits of this major mineral.
How much is enough? Magnesium is generally tolerated, although stomach upset and diarrhea can be common side effects. Dr. Kathryn Fuchs, PhD in her book, 456 Most Powerful Healing Secrets, suggests taking as much as your body can tolerate without having uncomfortable loose stools. Taking magnesium with meals is suggested. The (RDA) recommended dietary allowance for men ranges from 400 to 420 mg daily, and for women 310 to 360. (RDA’s are on the low end of requirements) Excessive intake of coffee, soda, salt or alcohol can reduce the body’s magnesium. The best food sources of magnesium are green, leafy vegetables, nuts, peas, beans and whole grains. Anyone with heart or kidney disease should consult with their doctor before supplementation. “Sholly Sez!”