Magnesium Deficiency

Written by Jenni Wiltz
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Magnesium deficiency is an important health risk that few people know about or monitor on a regular basis. Magnesium is required for many different bodily functions (as many as several hundred). Anxiety, chemical sensitivities, and psychiatric disorders have all been linked to magnesium deficiency.

It's important to get just the right amount of magnesium: too little can cause your heart to beat abnormally and increase your risk of heart disease. Women who don't get enough magnesium put themselves at risk for calcium osteoporosis. Although the two may not seem to be linked logically, a deficiency in magnesium can block the hormone that regulates calcium and cause a decrease in your bone mass.

The Dangers of Magnesium Deficiency

There is also an important link between magnesium and diabetes. Magnesium can have an effect on insulin, which is needed to control the amount of glucose in the blood. Too much glucose can trigger an increased loss of magnesium through the urine, a vicious cycle that leaves the victim dangerously short of the magnesium necessary for the body's optimal performance.

An important dietary source of magnesium is the avocado. One-half of a medium-sized avocado can supply you with 26% of your recommended daily allowance of magnesium. Other foods that will supply you with over ten percent of your RDA are: pumpkin seeds, cashews, and spinach.

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