I am on a new kick, and it's a Magnesium kick! I find this mineral fascinating and have not known the depths of what Magnesium does in our bodies until now! As explained by The Office of Dietary Supplements,
Magnesium is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. It helps maintain normal muscle and nerve function, keeps heart rhythm steady, supports a healthy immune system, and keeps bones strong. Magnesium also helps regulate blood sugar levels, promotes normal blood pressure, and is known to be involved in energy metabolism and protein synthesis. There is an increased interest in the role of magnesium in preventing and managing disorders such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. Dietary magnesium is absorbed in the small intestines. Magnesium is excreted through the kidneys.
To top it all off, Magnesium is required to metabolize food efficiently. Women need around 320 milligrams a day, while men need closer to 430 milligrams.
Great sources of Magnesium:
- Brown rice
- Almonds and Cashews
- Peanut Butter