Can Drinking Too Much Coffee Cause A Magnesium Deficiency?

Do you need that cup of java or two or perhaps that sweet frothy latte to get you going in the morning to start you day?  Well, it’s just possible that you may be affecting your magnesium levels.

But, if you on the other hand are eating a healthy amount of foods that contain magnesium you may not have anything to worry about. That’s because your body will absorb the magnesium from your magnesium infused foods.

So, why is magnesium important to good health? Well, for several reasons. Magnesium helps with your cognitive functions, it provides the energy you need to get through your day, supports your immune system, it keeps your cardiovascular system strong, helps to keep your bones strong too and keeps improving your muscle functions, just to name a few things for which  magnesium is responsible.

However, if you’re not maintaining a healthy lifestyle of eating food good for you which contain magnesium, you may be at jeopardy.  Foods you should have in your diet for adequate magnesium levels are leafy greens, fruits, legumes, nuts, soy, fish and dark chocolate (yay!)

What happens, however, is that when you drink coffee your body’s intestinal lining loses some of its ability to absorb magnesium, says internal medicine and gastroenterologist,Niket Sonpal, MD.This was found to be true in studies that showed a correlation between people who drank coffee and magnesium deficiency.

One way to know if you might have a magnesium deficiency is by the symptoms you may be experiencing, such as muscle tremors or spasms, overall feelings of weakness, nausea, loss of appetite, depression or mood swigs, migraines, insomnia, cravings, irregular heartbeat or skin problems. If you are experiencing some of these symptoms the surest way to know that you may have a magnesium deficiency is to go to your doctor and have your blood checked for magnesium levels.

One English study reported, in Healthtista, that out of 8,000 Brits tested by Mineral Check, 70 percent had low levels of magnesium. Emily Laurence, writer for Good Food, says that women 19 years or older especially need around 310 to 320 milligrams of magnesium per day from their diets.  If they are pregnant, they need more.

Dr. Sonpal goes on to say that coffee lovers shouldn’t worry about it if they are getting good amounts of food with magnesium because the coffee or all drinks with caffeine for that matter, do not leech out magnesium from the body it just reduces its ability to absorb all the magnesium.  So just eat more green veggies!

Dr. Sonpal does not recommend magnesium supplements unless you have visited your doctor because just as too little magnesium isn’t good for you, so too much can bad for you.  So check with your doctor or just eat more leafy greens!