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January 24, 2012

Magnesium Deficiency

Magnesium is the most deficient major mineral in the standard diet, with the majority of the population being severely deficient in this mineral. Magnesium is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. It helps maintain the nervous system, strengthens the immune system, helps regulate blood sugar levels, and promotes normal blood pressure. Magnesium also supports the heart, increases alkalinity and strengthens brainpower. Studies prove that magnesium deficiency leads to heart problems as well as causing a disruption to the flow of oxygen, blood and nutrients throughout the body. An early sign of magnesium deficiency is weakness or fatigue. The best-known source of magnesium is found in raw chocolate, a superfood containing the highest amount of both antioxidants and magnesium.  Buckwheat, oats, nuts, seeds, and beans are also great sources of magnesium. (Quick note: the body needs magnesium to absorb calcium, however most foods that contain one, are likely to contain the other.)

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