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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.
Two 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.
Foods high in magnesium include whole grains, legumes, and leafy green vegetables.
One regular chocolate bar provides 30 mg, or about 10 percent of what is recommended.
The recommended daily allowance of magnesium is 280 mg for women and 350 mg for men.

(CDC National AIDS Clearinghouse 2/4/97)