5 consequences of magnesium deficiency

Magnesium plays many crucial roles in the body, such as converting food into energy, regulating nerve function, and creating new proteins. It has many benefits, which include:

  • Maintaining bone health
  • Forming protein and DNA
  • Regulating blood pressure and blood glucose levels
  • Promoting the functional capacity of cardiac muscles

The daily recommended magnesium requirement is 400-420mg for men and 310-320mg for women. Foods such as nuts and seeds, legumes, whole grains, greens, chocolate, and low-fat dairy products provide a high amount of magnesium that can fulfill your daily needs.

Conditions such as diabetes, Crohn's disease, celiac disease, and chronic diarrhea make it harder for the body to maintain adequate magnesium levels. Magnesium deficiency initially manifests as fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, and vomiting. However, if left untreated, it may result in health concerns such as:

  • Seizures
  • Cardiac arrhythmia
  • Personality changes
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Muscle cramps and spasm

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