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1, Jul 12, 2013

“Your body needs magnesium for many tasks…”

Filed under: Healthy diet — admin @ 12:02 am

This is what we are told via Harvard Medical School newsletter. Magnesium is “involved in more than 300 chemical reactions in the body. Muscles need this mineral to contract, nerves need it to send and receive messages. It keeps your heart beating steadily and your immune system strong. Most people get enough magnesium from foods such as green leafy vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts, and fish.

“Magnesium supplements are sometimes marketed as super pills that can fix a long list of ailments such as muscle tension, low energy, and trouble sleeping. But think twice before you reach for a magnesium supplement.

“According to the National Institutes of Health, most older adults in the United States don’t get the proper amount of magnesium in their diets. But Dr. Bruce Bistrian, chief of clinical nutrition at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, says magnesium deficiency is very rare. ‘The kidney has an extraordinary ability to reduce magnesium loss in urine, and thus achieve magnesium balance on a wide variety of intakes,’ he explains.”

Magnesium-rich foods
1 ounce of dry roasted almonds –80 milligrams
½ cup frozen spinach (cooked) — 78 milligrams
¾ cup bran flakes — 64 milligrams
1 medium baked potato with skin — 48 milligrams
½ cup canned kidney beans — 35 milligrams

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