Menopause symptoms, Insomnia and Magnesium Deficiency is a important issue. Women in the pre-menopause and menopause years often experience symptoms of chronic insomnia, hot flashes, night sweats, migraine headaches, anxiety, fatigue and depression. Uzzi Reiss, M.D., author of Natural Hormone Balance for Women, says:
“Some of the above reactions occur nearly simultaneously whenever the level of estrogen falls.”
Hormone drugs (which is not recommend for women who have an elevated risk of heart disease, stroke or cancer), nutritional remedies, and lifestyle changes are some of the options available to women.
As menopause approaches, another emerging link between estrogen decline and its symptoms is the aspect of mineral deficiency.
“Estrogen enhances magnesium utilization and uptake by soft tissues and bone, and may explain the resistance of young women to heart disease and osteoporosis — as well as the increased prevalence of these diseases when estrogen production ceases.”
Mildred Seeling, M.D. (The Journal of the American College of Nutrition. Vol 12, No 4 442-458 (1993)).
Magnesium and Calcium
Magnesium works best when it’s balanced with calcium. The pioneering nutritionist Adelle Davis writes of mineral deficiency during menopause in her book Let’s Get Well. Davis says:
“Calcium is less well absorbed and the urinary losses are greater when the output of estrogen decreases. Such calcium-deficiency symptoms as nervousness, irritability, insomnia and headaches are common.” Adelle Davis (Let’s Get Well 1965).
Chronic insomnia is one of the main symptoms of magnesium deficiency. Sleep with magnesium deficiency is usually agitated with frequent night time awakenings. On the other hand, a high magnesium diet has been found to be associated with deeper, less interrupted sleep. This was shown in a study done by James Penland at the Human Nutrition Research Center in North Dakota Jan 2003.
Information from Nutrition Breakthroughs 2001-2016
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