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Magnesium Deficiency and Candida

By Joseph McAllister

Candida is a fungus that naturally lives in your mouth in tiny amounts and is usually controlled by your immune system. However, if your immune system is compromised, then a disease called thrush can develop. At the time of publication, there is no evidence that this is related to a magnesium deficiency, although that also can be bad for your health.

Candida and Thrush

Candida, along with other types of germs, lives in your mouth; however, it does not usually cause any problems since your immune system can usually control it. However, when your immune system is weakened, whether due to medications, chemotherapy or general poor health, the fungus can grow and cause a yeast infection in your mouth. This is known as thrush or candidiasis. Candida also can cause yeast infections in the throat, which is known as esophagitis, or it can spread throughout the body to your brain, heart, joints or eyes in serious cases.

Symptoms and Treatment

Symptoms of an imbalance in candida and thrush are typically lesions, or sores, in your mouth and on your tongue. These sores are white colored, feel velvety and may bleed. Treatment of thrush can range from increased consumption of yogurt to an antifungal mouthwash. If the candida spreads throughout your body, your doctor may prescribe stronger medication. Treatment can vary depending on where the infection spreads, so you should always consult your physician if candida develops.

Magnesium

Magnesium is one of the most important minerals for your body. It carries out a wide variety of functions, from the metabolism of energy from food, to building strong bones and to supporting healthy nerve and muscle functions. While a magnesium deficiency tends to be rare, when it occurs, it can cause gastrointestinal problems such as appetite loss, nausea and vomiting. It also can cause neurological problems, such as numbness and tingling in your limbs, muscle cramps, seizures, heart arrhythmias and personality changes.

Sources and Amounts

To prevent a magnesium deficiency, adult males between the ages of 19 and 30 need 400 mg daily, while males over 31 need 420 mg. Women between age 19 and 30 need 310 mg every day, while women 31 and older need 320 mg. According to the National Institutes of Health, green vegetables are the best source of magnesium since chlorophyll, the green pigment, contains a concentration of the mineral; however, legumes, nuts, seeds and whole grains also are good sources of the mineral.

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