Magnesium: No Longer Second Billing

If calcium is Batman, magnesium is Robin. While the former receives most of the bone-strengthening hype, it would be nothing without the later. Magnesium is equally important for maintaining strong bones and teeth.

Magnesium not only helps the body absorb calcium, but the mineral also does much good on it's own. It is part of over 300 enzyme reactions and directly affects your energy, heart rate, and mood. Unfortunately, most people do not get enough magnesium. Data from the U.S.D.A says that more than two-thirds of Americans are magnesium deficient.

“Magnesium is so important that everyone should be taking it,” says Carolyn Dean, M.D., N.D., author of The Miracle of Magnesium. “It’s essential for normal bone density and muscle function, and if you remember that your heart is a muscle, it all makes sense.”

You can take magnesium supplements or dig into these magnesium-rich foods (amount of magnesium in 3.5 ounces is listed as well):

- Almonds (raw) 275 mg

- Beef (lean, roasted) 23 mg

- Black beans 70 mg

- Brown rice 43 mg

- Cashews (raw) 292 mg

- Cheddar cheese 28 mg

- Chicken (roasted) 21 mg

- Dates 54 mg

- Dried figs 68 mg

- Sardines 39 mg

- Shrimp (steamed) 34 mg

- Turkey (roasted) 26 mg

[via Body and Soul]


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