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Is magnesium deficiency the most critical factor in chronic fatigue syndrome?

by Institute for Vibrant Living

Did you know that 3 out of every 4 Americans are magnesium deficient?Magnesium Deficiency and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

Magnesium is a critical mineral, needed for the electrical stability of every cell in your body. If you live or work in a stressful environment, or are nearing 60 years of age, you have a higher risk for being magnesium deficient.

In fact, magnesium deficiency because of insufficient consumption and low blood magnesium levels are associated with a higher prevalence of hypertension, diabetes and atherosclerosis.

If you have ever suffered from chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), or know someone who does - intracellular magnesium deficiency is now believed to be the most critical single factor in this disorder.

Up to 90% of the US population has antibodies to the Epstein-Barr virus (the previous name for CFS), meaning that 9 out of every 10 people have had at least one CFS infection. If the CFS virus reactivates, the consequences can be severe, leaving one feeling fatigued and run down.

Typical CFS symptoms include chronic headaches, swollen glands, fevers and chills, muscle aches and weakness, sore throat and numbness and tingling of extremities.

Health experts believe that magnesium deficiency disrupts adenosine triphosphate (ATP) synthesis. ATP is an energy source that powers literally every action in your body’s cells - making proteins, muscle contraction, heartbeat, brain cells firing, and so on.

Since ATP is responsible for transporting magnesium into cells, magnesium deficiency sets off a vicious downward spiral in which low ATP levels lead to even lower intracellular magnesium, leading to even more ATP reduction. This might be what’s happening in CFS patients who ‘crash’, even though they have normal blood levels of magnesium.

Additionally, health experts also recommend vitamin B12, high doses of the antioxidants vitamins C and E and beta carotene and COQ10 for patients with CFS.

People with CFS usually feel better when they supplement their diets with magnesium.

It’s also recommended that CFS patients eat plenty of vegetables, engage in routine, gentle exercise, get plenty of rest and take natural supplements such as B vitamins, magnesium, vitamin C and a multiple vitamin supplement, along with evening primrose oil, cod liver oil or fish oils.

Source: Magnesium Deficiency and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

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