Magnesium is an important mineral which is needed for proper development and function of your brain, muscles and heart function and many metabolic processes in the body. However, most Americans don’t get enough of it in their diet. As any other vitamin or mineral deficiency, lack of magnesium can cause several unpleasant symptoms.

Here are the 4 symptoms and conditions associated with magnesium deficiency:

  1. Ear ringing (hearing loss and tinnitus)

According to a Chinese study, magnesium inhibits free radical formation which is related to hearing damage in the cochlea, which makes magnesium an important mineral for people working in areas with loud noises.

Besides damaging your hearing, magnesium deficiency can also cause ringing in the ears. Luckily, a team of scientists from the Mayo Clinic in Arizona discovered that taking 532 mg. of magnesium supplement can reduce the severity of condition.

  1. Depression

Magnesium deficiency is often the reason for depression – in fact, a century ago, doctors gave magnesium sulfate to patients suffering from depression. One Croatian study measured the magnesium concentration in patients that attempted suicide and in patients which suffered from depression, but had no suicidal tendencies. The results showed that the group of patients which attempted suicide had considerably lower magnesium levels than the other group.

  1. Heart arrhythmia

Doctors from the Henry Low Heart Center at Hartford Hospital have found that arrhythmia patients are also deficient in magnesium, which is why the same patients are treated with the mineral.

  1. Kidney stones

Many people believe that kidney stones are caused by too much calcium in the body, but the truth is that they’re caused by low magnesium levels. Magnesium can inhibit kidney stones formation – more precisely, it can affect the binding of oxalate and calcium in the body, which combines to form kidney stones. However, the body needs proper amount of magnesium so this can occur. If you have suffered from kidney stones before, you should eat a magnesium-rich diet and take magnesium supplements to prevent its recurrence.

If you experienced one or more symptoms from the list, you should visit your doctor immediately and check if you’re magnesium deficient.