The Magical Mineral: Magnesium

With all of the superfood and supplement buzz going on in the world, it can be hard to decipher what you should be adding to, and eliminating from, your diet. Some of those fancy names leave many wondering if they are an exotic fruit or a new over the counter vitamin. To help you decipher the ever-changing trends of health foods, we’ve put together some helpful tips for this magical mineral, magnesium.
This mineral is critical for over 300 enzyme processes in your body. Magnesium aids in processes like energy production, activating your immune system, regular bowel function, maintaining good blood pressure and muscle relaxation. Considering what this magical mineral does, it might not come as a surprise that low magnesium is commonly found in people with chronic inflammation and fibromyalgia.
Maintaining adequate levels of this mineral is complicated by the fact that it is easily lost through sweat and removed by coffee and some medications like diuretics. A diet with high salt or alcohol content will also decrease the absorption of Magnesium from foods.
To ensure you are getting this mineral in your diet try incorporating pumpkin seeds into your salads. Using two cups of spinach and ¼ cup of pumpkin seeds will give you 68% of the recommended daily intake of magnesium. Some other great sources are soybeans, quinoa, and black beans.

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