Another important association scientists have made with magnesium deficiency is severe asthma symptoms. Many individuals with asthma would display low levels of magnesium. What’s more, an inhaler with magnesium often improves asthma by relaxing the lung tissue and expanding the airways. Using magnesium supplements to treat asthma is not included in the therapeutic approach because it only helps some individuals. The mechanism is not fully understood, but it may be caused by calcification of the muscles located in the airways that results from a low level of magnesium. Such calcification causes a continuous constriction of the airways and makes it difficult to breathe.
Magnesium deficiency is often overlooked, and in the Western world, it is quite common because the diet is usually lacking magnesium-rich foods such as green leafy vegetables, legumes, nuts, and seeds. If you have experienced the symptoms we have listed above, ask your doctor and run the appropriate tests to rule out magnesium deficiency as a possible cause.