The Importance of Eating Foods with Magnesium

 

The importance of eating foods with magnesium:

 What is magnesium:

Magnesium is a trace mineral known to play a role in hundreds of functions in the body; it helps to protect against a cluster of risk factors linked to cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

The risk factors of not including enough magnesium rich foods in your diet are, but are not limited to: elevated blood pressure; low levels of HDL “good cholesterol; elevated triglycerides (blood fats), elevated fasting- glucose levels(blood sugar levels) and abdominal obesity.

A lack of magnesium manifests itself physiologically in the form of migraines, attention deficit disorder, fibromyalgia, asthma, and allergies.  Magnesium deficiency as a root cause explains why some people suffer from a constellation of problems. 

Many of the following conditions have commonly been linked with each other in conjunction to magnesium deficiency; anxiety and psychiatric disorders, aorta strength, and the calcification of soft tissues including heart valves.

 50% of the magnesium we consume is found in the bones; the rest is located in the muscles, tissues and organs.  After exercise, muscles spasms are caused by dehydration and the lack of magnesium. Magnesium calms and relaxes the muscles.

Magnesium aids the body in controlling nerve conditions, muscle function, bone and tooth formation, protein metabolism, general health, and circulatory health.

When your body lacks magnesium it shows up in fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting and weakness.  If the deficiency worsens it leads to muscle cramps, spasms, numbness, and cardiac arrhythmia. 

Foods that are rich in magnesium include: beans, peas, unrefined grains such as whole wheat, soybeans, spinach, potatoes, cereal, oatmeal, green vegetables, roasted almonds, and halibut.

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