Why Should You Care about Magnesium?
More and more studies are pointing to
how important it is to have magnesium in one’s diet.
Magnesium helps maintain proper functioning of the heart (absolutely critical
as a matter of fact), muscles and
nervous system, it helps absorb calcium and potassium, and is
necessary for proper protein synthesis and carbohydrate
metabolism in the body.
Just recently, a study done by Dr.
Tsai, from the University of Kentucky Medical Center in
Lexington, KY found that a magnesium-enriched diet appears
to reduce the risk of symptomatic gallstone disease along
with preventing a number of other chronic ailments. This is
just one of many studies showing how critical magnesium is to the
human body for proper functioning and prevention of
However, a recent Gallup poll found
that four out of five Americans (that is a whopping 80%!)
are not consuming enough magnesium from diet alone. And the
problem may even more than what these numbers indicate
because it does not account for those who take medications,
many of which are
known to deplete the body of magnesium as well.
The Gallup poll also found that even
if vitamin and mineral supplements are being counted in with
the diet intake of magnesium, only a third of Americans are
consuming the Recommended Dietary Allowance (310-420
mg/day). Most of the respondents were not even aware of the
daily requirements for magnesium.
"It's clear that most people aren't
aware of the important role that magnesium plays in the
body. If people are concerned about their magnesium levels,
they should make sure to discuss medications and health
conditions with their doctor when evaluating their diet and
magnesium supplement options," said Barbara Levine, R.D.,
PhD., Associate Professor of Nutrition in Medicine, Weill
Medical College of Cornell University-New York Presbyterian
To enrich your diet of magnesium, you
can eat more of these foods: 100% bran cereals, oatmeal,
potatoes, soy beans, milk, avocados, almonds, pumpkin seeds,
cashews, cooked spinach, and sesame seeds. But unless you
are actively including the above foods in your daily
routine, chances are that you are still in need of high
quality supplementation, such as our Active 8 in order to
meet the Recommended Daily Allowance. Something you may
want to think about if you are interested in living a
longer, more healthful life!