HIV infected? Watch your magnesium levels
Researchers have found that magnesium, which is critical for efficient
energy production and protein synthesis, is not adequately consumed by up
to half of HIV-positive people tested.
reasons for this may be that the anti-PCP drug Bactrim interferes with magnesium
metabolism and diarrhea also impedes absorption. Symptoms of magnesium deficiency
include muscle weakness, depression, and dizziness. Insufficient magnesium
levels can also contribute to low calcium levels.
high in magnesium include whole grains, legumes, and leafy green vegetables.
regular chocolate bar provides 30 mg, or about 10 percent of what is recommended.
recommended daily allowance of magnesium is 280 mg for women and 350 mg
(CDC National AIDS Clearinghouse 2/4/97)