Gauging Magnesium Deficiency Symptoms – Dr. Carolyn Dean MD ND

Gauging Magnesium Deficiency Symptoms

June 8, 2010

Every week I seem to find more things to say about magnesium. The topic is usually prompted by a reader’s comment. Lately people have been asking me how much magnesium to take. Serum magnesium blood tests are no great help, because only 1% of the body’s magnesium is in the blood.

Instead I recommend you get a Magnesium RBC blood test. If your doctor won’t order it for you then you can go to Request A Test Lab and order it yourself for only $49.00. There has to be a fast turnover on this test. If your doctor does it and it takes a week, chances are that the test may be inaccurate or even invalid. Request A Test has a very fast turnover.

When you get your Magnesium RBC results notice that the U.S. values are 4.2-6.8 mg/dL. This is the average range of our “sick” population. The value you want to achieve it at least 6mg/dL and higher. You can use your Magnesium RBC test to gauge how much magnesium your body requires. You can repeat this test every 3 months to make sure you are building up your magnesium stores. Unlike most drugs, as your body becomes saturated with magnesium, you will need less, not more, to sustain your health.

I also have a list of 100 factors that are associated with magnesium deficiency and I put them in my book, The Magnesium Miracle.

I recently added that list to an updated version of my Maximizing Magnesium module in Completement Now! and I thought I’d share it with you.

Here’s what you do. Print up several copies of this page and put a big check mark by your magnesium deficiency factors. Start taking magnesium. In a few weeks pull out a fresh sheet and mark it up. Compare both. If you still have many symptoms remaining, increase your magnesium.


1. Alcohol >7 drinks/wk 22. Food cravings 42. Muscle problems
2. Anger a. Carbohydrates a. Cramps
3. Angina b. Chocolate b. Spasms
4. Anxiety c. Salt c. Twitching
5. Apathy d. Junk food d. Tics
6. Arrhythmia 23. Gagging or choking e. Weakness
7. Asthma 24. Headaches 43. Numbness hands/feet
8. Blood tests 25. Heart disease 44. Osteoporosis
a. Low calcium 26. Heart – rapid rate 45. Paranoia
b. Low potassium 27. High blood pressure 46. Parathyroid (hyper)
c. Low magnesium 28. Homocysteinuria 47. PMS
9. Bowel problems 29. Hyperactivity 48. Polycystic ovaries
a. Undigested fat in stool 30. Hyperventilation 49. Pregnancy
b. Constipation 31. Infertility a. Currently pregnant
c. Diarrhea 32. Insomnia b. Preeclampsia/eclampsia
d. Constipation/diarrhea 33. Irritability c. Multiple pregnancies
e. IBS 34. Kidney stones d. Postpartum depression
f. Crohn’s 35. Medications e. Child with cerebral palsy
g. Colitis a. Digitalis 50. Radiation therapy
10. Brain trauma b. Diuretics 51. Raynaud’s syndrome
11. Bronchitis, chronic c. Antibiotics 52. Restlessness
12. Caffeine >3 per day d. Steroids 53. Sex drive low
13. Chronic fatigue e. Oral contraceptives 54. Shortness of breath
14. Cold extremities f. Indomethacin 55. Smoking
15. Concentration poor g. Cisplatin 56. Startled easily
16. Confusion h. Amphotericin B 57. Stressful life
17. Convulsions i. Cholestyramine 58. Stroke
18. Depression j. Synthetic estrogens 59. Sugar intake high
19. Diabetes 36. Memory impairment 60. Syndrome X
a. Type I 37. Mercury fillings 61. Thyroid hyperactivity
b. Type II 38. Menses pain/cramps 62. Tingling hands/feet
c. Gestational diabetes 39. Migraines 63. Transplants: kidney/liver
20. Fibromyalgia 40 Mineral supplements 64. Tremor of hands
21. Food intake a. Calcium w/o mag 65. Water contamination
a. Limited greens b. Zinc w/o mag Flouride, chlorine, calcium
b. High protein c. Iron w/p mag 66. Wheezing
c. Limited nuts/seeds 41. Mitral valve prolapse

Go to my Tuesday, May 4, 2010 blog to hear my recommendations for types of magnesium that you can use. I personally can’t take most magnesium so I depend on a pico-ionic form of magnesium called ReMag which is 100% absorbed at the cellular level and does not have a laxative effect. This way I can get therapeutic levels for my heart palpitations and leg cramps and not waste magnesium with the laxative effect.

Carolyn Dean MD ND

The Doctor of the Future®

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