Magnesium deficiency has been called a symptom of Lyme disease by some, although the lack of the essential mineral is quite common. Conversely, a magnesium deficiency might intensify Lyme disease symptoms. Replenishing the body with magnesium could help relieve the effects of Lyme disease.
Magnesium’s vital role in cells and various functions throughout the body make it a crucial supplement in fighting many disorders, from headaches and insomnia to high blood pressure and diabetes. Magnesium has also been recommended for Lyme disease, according to Live Science
Lyme disease is caused by a bacteria carried by blacklegged or deer ticks, according to the Mayo Clinic
. The tick usually has to be attached for 36 to 48 hours before the disease is transmitted.
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Symptoms of Lyme disease include skin rash and flu-like symptoms, such as fever, chills, body aches, and fatigue, the Mayo Clinic explains. The rash may spread to other areas of the body in later stages. Joint pain and neurological problems may occur. Possible symptoms might include irregular heartbeat, liver inflammation, eye inflammation, or severe fatigue.
Magnesium deficiency may cause or significantly contribute to the aggravating symptoms of Lyme disease, writes Vanessa Farnsworth in Vitality Magazine
. Lyme disease symptoms include weakness, spasms, twitches, cramps, tremors, anxiety, and heart arrhythmias.
The chicken-and-egg cycle that Lyme patients experience is because of the disease's bacteria's dependence on the essential mineral.
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"There are many things that distinguish Lyme from other bacteria. One of them is that most bacteria require iron to complete their life cycles. Lyme bucks this trend by requiring magnesium instead," writes Farnsworth.
A Lyme patient herself, she takes 300 milligrams of magnesium citrate daily to improve the symptoms. Farnsworth also includes maca root, probiotics, and vitamin C in the treatment of Lyme along with exercise and massage therapy.
Chronic Lyme disease that lasts for more than six months could also involve other factors, according to Dr. Josh Axe
, a practitioner of natural medicine and clinical nutritionist. He believes weakened immunity and environmental factors, such as mold and parasites, are among the causes.
Axe suggests natural treatments if conventional methods, such as antibiotics, don’t work. Magnesium helps the body with improved nerve and muscle function. Magnesium deficiency is a problem throughout America, so Lyme disease patients need magnesium supplements to strengthen the body when it is weakened by stress and illness, Axe says.
Other supplements he advises for Lyme treatment include vitamin D, CoQ10, B-complex, and omega-3 fatty acids. He also recommends foods high in antioxidants and probiotics.
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