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Magnesium

by Neka on March 11, 2011, no comments

I have read quite a few articles lately about Americans being deficient in Magnesium. It’s not too surprising considering the state of the typical American diet these days. Especially the high rate of type 2 diabetes and obesity. Magnesium deficiency has been linked to asthma, anxiety, heart disease, and osteoporosis. MIT researchers discovered that magnesium is essential to learning and memory.

Magnesium is needed for more than 3oo biochemical reactions in the body. Some of those include muscle function, keeping the heart rhythm normal, immune system health, keeping bones strong, regulation of blood sugar, healthy blood pressure, and energy metabolism.

The daily recommended daily dose is 420 mg for men and 320 mg for women. If a deficiency exists it’s good to take a higher dose for a month or two at least 500 mg daily. Foods that are high in magnesium are artichokes, buckwheat, almonds, brazil nuts, cashews, black and white beans, spinach, halibut, and pumpkin seeds. Magnesium supplementation is inexpensive and has so many benefits from strong bones to a healthy mind