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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Why Magnesium is Heart-Healthy Energy

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We have kind of a thing these days with energy. No one seems to have enough, so we find all these creative ways to get it. People reach for energy drinks or sugar or coffee or whatever will help get them through the day or the workout or the task at hand.

But think about it. Shouldn’t your body have the energy it needs simply from you treating it right in the first place? Good nutrition is the way to go, and there’s a mineral that’s required for energy production that all too often gets overlooked: magnesium.

The answer is no. What the body needs is good nutrition and there’s a nutrient that’s required for energy production that all too often gets overlooked: magnesium.

Your body’s to-do list just for today includes pumping something like 1,900 gallons of blood, taking 21,000 breaths, replacing at least 50 billion cells—maybe as many as 70 billion, all the while firing 17 trillion neurons in any given second. And of course, there’s much more.

Nutrients are the fuel that drives every action the body performs. For more than 300 biochemical reactions, your body needs the nutrient magnesium. In fact, every organ needs magnesium because it activates enzymes that convert glucose into energy.

But here’s the problem. A lot of us aren’t eating enough magnesium-rich foods. Dietary surveys in the United States have shown that people consistently have lower than recommended amounts of magnesium in their diets. Habitually low intakes of magnesium can lead to a magnesium deficiency.

You can get your share of dietary magnesium in green, leafy veggies, nuts, beans, and whole grains. Generally speaking, if it’s a good source of fiber, it’s a good source of magnesium. But be aware that if you’re eating a refined grain, the magnesium content may be compromised.

Supplements can also be great sources of magnesium, and it may be a good idea to add one to your routine. Be sure to talk with a healthcare professional before taking a supplement to make sure it is safe for you to do so.

No need to get all creative (or desperate) in your quest for energy. Just know how much magnesium you need (most adults need 300 – 350 milligrams a day), and be sure you get it. Grab a handful of nuts, some whole grains, something green and leafy, and a supplement when you know you’ve missed something. And then get out there and do all the things you want to do.

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