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Magnesium – Can You Really Have “Too Much Of A Good Thing”?
What is a healthy level of magnesium in our diets?
The Institute of Medicine recommends that adult males eat between 400 to 420 milligrams per day, while adult females should eat between 310 and 320 milligrams per day. For infants and children these recommendations are lower. In contrast, these recommendations are higher for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. However, as with anything related to diet, it is important to talk to your healthcare provider to decide what is best for your body’s specific needs.
What are some foods that contain magnesium?
- Spinach – 1 cup, about 150 milligrams
- Bananas – 1 banana, about 40 milligrams
- Almonds – 1 oz. (about 22 almonds), 80 milligrams
- Kidney Beans – ½ cup cooked, 75 milligrams
- Avocado – 1 whole, 58 milligrams
So, what does this study mean?
Well, it means that abnormally high or low levels of magnesium may indicate an increased risk for dementia. In the future, this may be an important tool used to screen for the risk of dementia. Perhaps most important is the path this study forges for new research. It may indicate an exciting method by which to detect an increased risk of dementia. Because, if we can detect increased risk, this may be an important step to early intervention.