The importance of magnesium in your diet

Many Americans do not get enough magnesium in their diets

You’re on your way to work and grab your usual bagel or donut with coffee for breakfast. When lunch time rolls around, you might be too busy to leave your desk and end up having birthday cake from the break room or snacks from the vending machine. By the end of the day, you’re likely famished and picking up fast food or pizza on your way home for dinner is a temptation. If this scenario describes the way you eat on a regular basis you might be in danger of having a magnesium deficiency.

People who eat a lot of sugary pastries and junk food can have magnesium deficiency because these foods contain little to none of the mineral.

The World Health Organization estimates that approximately 75% of all American adults do not get the USDA Daily Recommended Intake of 420 mg (for men over age 30) or 320 mg (for women over age 30.) It is difficult to detect magnesium deficiency in blood tests as the body stores magnesium in muscle and bone cells. Signs and symptoms of magnesium deficiency usually do not appear until your levels have become severely low.
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