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Magnesium Deficiency and Heart Palpitations: A Hidden Link?

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Magnesium is a mineral that is used in more than 3,000 different chemical processes in the body. Most people have some level of magnesium deficiency, meaning they don’t get the recommended amount of magnesium from their daily diet due to poor choices or the fact that depleted soil has led to lower levels of magnesium in our food.

Heart palpitations can be one symptom of magnesium deficiency, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Taking magnesium supplements has been associated with lower risk of death from cardiac problems for some patients.

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According to multiple studies cited by Dr. Mark Sircus, magnesium is an effective treatment for those suffering from heart problems. One study showed for people suffering from heart attacks, treatment with IV magnesium was associated with lower death rates and better outcomes. Continuing treatment with magnesium improved outcomes a year later in another study.

According to A-Fib.com, chemical imbalances and deficiencies are a common cause of irregular heartbeats and arrhythmias. Intracellular blood tests like the RBC Magnesium analysis can reveal a deficiency more readily than a serum magnesium test.

Foods that are rich in magnesium include dark green leafy vegetables, other vegetables, nuts, beans, brown rice, oatmeal, and quinoa, according to Health.com. Eating more of these foods on a daily basis can help your magnesium levels rise. 

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Some foods (or food additives) to avoid are caffeine and artificial sweeteners, which can lower the magnesium levels in your body and make any deficiencies worse. Having too much calcium in your diet can also affect magnesium levels negatively because of how the two supplements interact.

When adding magnesium as a supplement, some types have better absorption than others. In general, the smaller the particles, the better the absorption. Topical absorption can also be effective, although it can be difficult to know how much magnesium is being absorbed. Talk to your doctor before adding additional magnesium intake.

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