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Magnesium - Serum


Magnesium is found in fibre-rich foods such as green leafy vegetables, avocados, bananas, wholemeal bread and brown rice as well as in fish and meat. Excess magnesium exposure can cause breathing problems, skin and eye irritation, flu-like symptoms and an upset stomach. Low magnesium can cause muscle aches and pains, fatigue, osteoporosis, an irregular heartbeat and high blood pressure. Low magnesium is associated with heart disease, artherosclerosis, stroke and diabetes.

What might a low result mean?

A low magnesium level (hypomagnesemia) can be caused by poor nutrition, high alcohol consumption, diarrhoea and an inability to absorb nutrients in the gut. Symptoms of low magnesium can include twitching or spasms, especially in the muscles of the face, nausea and vomiting as well as fatigue.

What might a high result mean?

The kidneys remove any excess magnesium from the body so developing raised magnesium levels (hypermagnesemia) is rare. However, people with kidney problems and those supplementing with high amounts of magnesium may be at risk of developing hypermagnesemia.

How might I improve my result?

You should be able to improve levels of magnesium by incorporating more magnesium-rich foods into your diet. The mineral is found in a wide variety of foods including green leafy vegetables, avocados, bananas, brown rice, whole grain bread, fish and dairy foods.