Magnesium

16 02 2011

    Magnesium Rich Food

Magnesium Rich Food

    Many scientists believe that the amount of magnesium required for optimum health has been underestimated in the past, and now new research suggests that even small shortfalls in magnesium intake can seriously impair athletic performance.
    Magnesium helps maintain proper muscle function. It works to keep muscles properly relaxed, relieving stiff muscles.
    Most people do not maintain proper levels of magnesium. For this reason, many people would greatly benefit from supplementing their diet with magnesium. It also strengths muscles.
    Magnesium aids in the body’s absorption of calcium and also plays a key role in the strength and formation of bones and teeth. This means that those at risk for osteoporosis can benefit from taking magnesium.
    Magnesium also is vital for maintaining a healthy heart. Magnesium helps stabilize the rhythm of the heart and helps prevent abnormal blood clotting in the heart. Magnesium also aids in maintaining healthy blood pressure levels. The mineral magnesium can significantly lower the chance of heart attacks and strokes, and can even aid in the recovery from a heart attack or stroke.

Magnesium for Leg Cramps: A combination of magnesium, calcium, potassium and vitamin E can stop leg cramps.

    Table 1: The Magnesium Content Of Common Foods
    Pumpkin seeds (roasted)
    Almonds
    Brazil nuts
    Sesame seeds
    Peanuts (roasted, salted)
    Walnuts
    Rice (whole grain brown)
    Wholemeal bread
    Spinach
    Cooked beans
    Broccoli
    Banana
    Potato (baked)
    White bread
    Yoghurt (plain, low fat)
    Milk
    Rice (white)
    Cornflakes
    Apple
    Honey
    532
    300
    225
    200
    183
    158
    110
    85
    80
    40
    30
    29
    25
    20
    17
    10
    6
    6
    4
    0.6
    Source; USDA Nutrient Database


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