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How does a magnesium deficiency affect health?

Magnesium deficiency can lead to muscle cell dysfunction and a decrease in muscle cell carbohydrate uptake. Signs of magnesium deficiency may include muscle cramping, muscular twitching or spasms, muscular fatigue, numbness and tingling.

According to national survey data, most of us aren’t meeting our magnesium needs. Women are particularly likely to fall short, consuming just one­half of the magnesium they need each day from their diet.

You can get more magnesium by adding nuts and seeds to your diet. In particular, almonds, cashews, pumpkins seeds and Brazil nuts are among the best sources of magnesium.

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