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I have had muscle cramps a lot lately. The standard natural health answer is to add magnesium, perhaps some calcium too. “Bananas” is a popular prescription.

But I have been taking magnesium and calcium supplements with my late breakfast and a multi-vitamin and mineral supplement with my dinner. Why isn’t this working?

But fail it does. Friday I was fed up with that failure and took a moment to look at the fine print.

Aww Shucks! Operating under the assumption that they always tend to overdose on their percentages was not particularly wise.

My Kirkland Mature Multi that I choose because they are uniquely modest in their problematic-for-me vitamin B loading, only provides 13% of my recommended magnesium. My Dr. Mercola magnesium supplement rates itself at mere 36%.

Oops – or No Wonder I still have symptoms of magnesium deficiency.

Starting last Friday evening, I added the extra Mg and Ca into my diet twice a day. Saturday was not impressive, yesterday maybe, but today I am pretty darn sure THAT WAS IT.

7 Signs You May Be Deficient in Magnesium

by Dr. Kevin Passero

Element Magnesium is by far one of the most important minerals in the human body. In fact, researchers have detected over 3,000 different magnesium binding sites on human proteins, which means that magnesium’s role in human health and disease processes may have been vastly underestimated.

It’s estimated that approximately 80 percent of Americans are deficient in magnesium. The reason why? Well its simple, most Americans eat a highly processed refined diet that contains little to no magnesium.

In addition to our poor diets, many of our lifestyle factors actually decrease our body’s magnesium levels. Alcohol, salt, coffee, phosphoric acid in sodas, profuse sweating, chronic stress, diuretics, antibiotics and other drugs can all deplete magnesium stores. This is all further complicated by the fact that magnesium is often poorly absorbed from our diet. To properly absorb magnesium, we need adequate amounts of vitamin B6, vitamin D and selenium.

There are many symptoms and conditions associated with magnesium deficiencies, but if you suffer from one or more of the seven signs listed below you are in need of some extra magnesium!

1. Muscle cramps and spasms

Think of magnesium as the “relaxation” mineral. Anything that is tight, irritable, cramped or stiff is a sign of magnesium deficiency. It has been suggested that many individuals with muscle cramps, twitches or restless legs have low levels of magnesium.

…. The article goes on with other symptoms like insomnia, anxiety and chocolate cravings. Click the link in the title to read the rest. I just selected the one that was relevant to me.