Magnesium and EDS/HSD
Updated: Apr 27
It is important for those with EDS to recognize signs and symptoms of magnesium deficiency, and to learn how they can address and prevent it. Magnesium is an important mineral component of the human body. It is important to be aware of magnesium deficiencies because it can make many of the unwanted symptoms brought on by EDS much worse. Here are some quick tidbits of info and common foods with high magnesium to help you feel better!
Magnesium supplementation helps improve your quality of sleep because it helps your body maintain a healthy level of GABA, allowing for a more restorative sleep. In addition, GABA can help mind the body and mind while you get ready for sleep, this camping ritual is an organic boost to your circadian rhythm. This can be very helpful for our patients with EDS/HSD, since many report difficulty falling and staying asleep.
In addition , magnesium is involved in hundreds of biochemical reactions in your body. It aids in energy creation, protein formation, gene maintenance, muscle movements, and nervous system regulation. Magnesium’s ability to help convert food into energy, create new proteins from amino acids, create and repair DNA and RNA, and regulation of neurotransmitters in the brain are all key functions of our bodies, and supporting these functions is important, especially as we age, especially since there are studies that show that magnesium plays a prominent role in brain function and mood, especially for those over the age of 65.
Low magnesium intake has been linked to inflammation, which is one of the main agitators for people with chronic conditions. Taking supplements of magnesium can reduce CRP and other markers of inflammation, in turn helping reduce pain and fatigue. In one study, children with low magnesium levels were shown to have the highest levels of CRP (the inflammatory marker), in addition, the also had higher levels of blood sugar, insulin, and triglyceride levels.
As you can see, magnesium can affect many different parts of the body, but thankfully it is super easy to work high magnesium foods into your diet! Some yummy foods that are high in magnesium include:
Oily fish such as halibut and sardines
Be sure to consult with your primary care physician or other medical professionals in regards to your medical concerns. This text cannot and should not replace advice from the patient's healthcare professionals. Any person who experiences unusual symptoms or feels that something may be wrong should seek individual professional help for evaluation and/or treatment.