Surprisingly Simple Additions
Did you know that numerous studies over the years have found that magnesium plays an important role in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease and ischemic heart disease? Low levels of magnesium have also been associated with Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, hypertension, migraine headaches, and diabetes. Some evidence suggests insufficient magnesium may impair athletic performance, amplify oxidative stress and contribute to low energy.
This difficult to measure “major” mineral plays an important role enzyme reactions, bone health, the activation of amino acids, neurotransmission, energy production, electrolyte balance, interactions of different nutrients in the body and more. There is no question that consuming sufficient magnesium is essential for overall health. Dietary intake assessed from national sampling in the U.S. suggests much of the population is not consuming enough of the vital mineral.
The current dietary recommendation for magnesium for men over the age of 31 is to consume 420 mg/day and for females is 320 mg/day. Check out some of these surprisingly simple ways to ensure magnesium is part of the day.
Did you know that 1 c. of wheat bran offers about 355 mg of magnesium?
A few tablespoons of wheat bran can make a wonderful addition to morning oatmeal.
Did you know that 1 cup of raw spinach adds about 24 mg of magnesium to the day?
Stuffing sandwiches with this dark green leafy vegetable is a great way to include spinach in the day.
Did you know that 3 tablespoons of hemp seed offers about 200 mg of magnesium?
Celebrate that yummy low fat yogurt snack with a blast of hemp seeds and berries.
Such surprisingly simple additions can contribute about 200 mg to our daily magnesium intake.