April 13, 2008
Don't forget your... Magnesium.
Magnesium may not get the spotlight like calcium, but this essential mineral is being recognized for many health benefits.
A recent analysis showed that for every 100 milligram increase in magnesium intake, type 2 diabetes risk decreases by 15 percent. The daily amount of magnesium needed is 320 milligrams for women and 420 milligrams for men, but in the United States, our intake is lower than the recommended amount.
In addition to diabetes-risk reduction, magnesium is also crucial to controlling blood pressure, maintaining strong bones, keeping a healthy heart, and may even help preserve hearing in people exposed to loud noises. Magnesium may be lost from the body if you take some types of diuretic drugs to lower blood pressure or take birth control pills or estrogen.
Foods that provide over 100 milligrams of magnesium per serving include:
• Trail mix
• Cooked spinach
• Roasted pumpkin seeds
• Black beans
• High fiber bran cereals, like All Bran
• Brazil nuts
• Lima beans
Posted by Lisa at April 13, 2008 8:11 AM
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