Magnesium 'Magnificent' for bone health...but what is Magnesium?

Magnesium is the eighth most abundant element in the Earth's crust and the fourth most common element in the Earth (after iron, oxygen and silicon), making up 13% of the planet's mass and a large fraction of the planet's mantle. It is the third most abundant element dissolved in seawater, after sodium and chlorine.

Calcium is required for bones, but so is magnesium. The effectiveness and benefits of calcium in preventing and treating osteoporosis are enormously impaired in the absence of adequate levels of magnesium. Magnesium keeps calcium dissolved in the blood.

Are You Getting Enough Magnesium-Rich Foods?

Magnesium deficiency is dramatically under-diagnosed because it doesn't show up on a blood test! Only 1 percent of the magnesium in your body is stored in your blood, and the majority of it’s stored in your bones.

Some of the main health challenges that have been linked to a magnesium deficiency include:

- Hormone imbalance and PMS - Fibromyalgia - Heart attack - Type 2 diabetes - Osteoporosis - Constipation - Tension or migraine headaches - Anxiety and depression - Chronic fatigue

As you can see, increasing your intake of high magnesium foods is essential to your health.

Magnesium Rich Foods.

Green leafy vegetables aren't the only foods rich in magnesium and chlorophyll. Here are the top 10 foods high in magnesium that you will want to add into your diet.

(Men RDA 400 milligrams and Women RDA 310 milligrams a day).

1.Spinach — 1 cup: 157 milligrams (40% DV) 2.Chard — 1 cup: 154 milligrams (38% DV) 3.Pumpkin seeds — 1/8 cup: 92 milligrams (23% DV) 4. Avocado — 1 medium: 58 milligrams (15% DV) 5. Figs — ½ cup: 50 milligrams (13% DV) 6. Dark Chocolate — 1 square: 95 milligrams (24% DV) 7. Banana — 1 medium: 32 milligrams (8% DV)

Other foods that are also high in magnesium include coriander and artichokes.


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