Most people have heard a little bit about magnesium – perhaps it’s in your multivitamin, or added to a woman’s calcium supplement. But magnesium is also present in a variety of foods – and that’s a very good thing.
Magnesium is required by the body for a large number of processes, not all of which have been fully defined. But we do know that a deficiency of magnesium is associated with some bad players, including heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure. Now there’s more.
Findings published recently in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggest that getting adequate amounts of magnesium from the diet may help prevent strokes.
That's very good news.
Keep in mind that the study results speak only to dietary magnesium, and do not comment on the safety or effectiveness of taking magnesium supplements.
How to get adequate magnesium in the diet? Eat plenty of these types of foods:
Whole grains (for example, oat bran or brown rice)
Leafy greens (perhaps spinach)
Nuts (almonds and cashews are good choices)
This area will be a hot topic of research for a long time to come, but in the meantime it’s agreed that eating a diet high in leafy greens and whole grains is good for you for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is how tasty these foods can be!
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