A few years ago I was advised to take magnesium to relieve muscle cramps at night, and it helped immediately. Now I've learned that magnesium deficiency is often a contributing factor to chronic pain.
Nutritionists say there is evidence that between 50 and 90 per cent of people in North America don't get enough of magnesium. The combo of high-starch diet and high stress lifestyle - a body under stress uses way more magnesium - is placing us at high risk.
Pain and magnesium deficiency
Magnesium relaxes nerve impulses, and is essential for cellular metabolism. One doctor who specializes in treating chronic pain, Dr. Linda Rapson, believes that about 70 per cent of her patients who complain of muscle pain, cramps and fatigue are showing signs of magnesium deficiency. Among patients with fibromyalgia the numbers are even higher. Dr. Rapson has been adding magnesium to the diets of most of her patients over the last two years, and noting significant results.
"Virtually all of them improve when I put them on magnesium," says Rapson, who runs a busy Toronto pain clinic. "It may sound too good to be true, but it's a fact."
Please talk to your doctor about this, and consult with a nutritionist. If you think that you are at risk of magnesium deficiency (and so many of us are) it is definitly worth exploring. Like adding D-vitamin, this is one of those things that can greatly reduce muscular pain in a matter of weeks. The best way to use this as part of your pain reduction plan, is to take magnesium supplements an hour before bedtime. Pumpkin seeds are otherwise and excellent source of natural magnesium, so are nuts and dark leafy greens.