Published On: Fri, May 18th, 2018

Vitamin deficiency: Lacking this could cause high blood pressure | Health | Life & Style

Vitamin deficiency symptoms appear when your body is not getting enough of some of these helpful substances.

You can get all the vitamins you need by eating a healthy and balanced diet, containing foods such as fruits and vegetables, meats and dairy products.

However, it is possible to miss some vitamins, which may cause symptoms to appear including tiredness, muscle cramps and mental problems.

You are more at risk of developing vitamin deficiency symptoms if you eat an unhealthy diet, or do not go outside often enough.

Not getting enough magnesium can lead to symptoms consisting of high blood pressure, muscle cramps and an irregular heartbeat, according to Healthline, a US-based diet advice service.

“Animal studies show that magnesium deficiency may increase blood pressure and promote high blood pressure, which is a strong risk factor for heart disease,” says Healthline on its website.

“While direct evidence in humans is lacking, several observational studies suggest that low magnesium levels or poor dietary intake may raise blood pressure.”

“[However], more studies are needed before magnesium’s role can be fully understood.”

A 2006 study published in the American Journal of Cardiology, which followed 28,349 women in the US, found that a higher magnesium intake may have a “modest effect” on blood pressure in women.

However, several other studies have failed to find this association.

The American Heart Journal published a study in 2010 on 3,531 adults which showed that low magnesium levels did not increase the risk of developing blood pressure.

Muscle twitches and cramps are also symptoms of the deficiency.

“Twitches, tremors and muscle cramps are signs of magnesium deficiency,” said Healthline.

“In worst case scenarios, deficiency may even cause seizures or convulsions.”

“Mental disorders are another possible consequence of magnesium deficiency.”

“These include apathy, which is characterised by mental numbness or lack of emotion. Worsened deficiency may even lead to delirium and coma.”

Other symptoms could include osteoporosis, fatigue and muscle weakness, asthma and irregular heartbeat.

Magnesium is important for turning the food we need into energy and making sure our glands which produce hormones important for bone health, work correctly.

According to the NHS, men need as much as 300mg of this vitamin a day, while women need 270mg.

“You should be able to get all the magnesium you need by eating a varied and balanced diet,” says the Department of Health, a branch of the UK-government responsible for public health management.

“If you take magnesium supplements, don’t take too much as this could be harmful.”

You can increase your magnesium intake by eating spinach and nuts, or by taking magnesium supplements.

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