Magnesium- The Forgotten Mineral
Magnesium is one of the most important minerals for the body and yet, its health benefits are often under-appreciated. According to the National Institutes of Health: “Magnesium is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. It helps maintain normal muscle and nerve function, keeps heart rhythm steady, supports a healthy immune system, and keeps bones strong. Magnesium also helps regulate blood sugar levels, promotes normal blood pressure, and is known to be involved in energy metabolism and protein synthesis. There is an increased interest in the role of magnesium in preventing and managing disorders such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. Dietary magnesium is absorbed in the small intestines. Magnesium is excreted through the kidneys.“
Unfortunately, the majority of people, including 75% of Americans have magnesium-deficinecy. Learn more about this important mineral and the top sources of magnesium in foods:
Because of their high chlorophyll content, green vegetables are excellent sources of magnesium. A good diet with enough intake of whole wheats, nuts, legumes and vegetables can assure that we receive the required daily intake of magnesium; and unless prescribed by a doctor, supplements are often not necessary.