June marks the celebration of National Men’s Health Month and though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cites heart disease as the leading cause of death for both adult men and women, a significantly higher number of men are affected by an unhealthy heart.
According to a 2013 study published by the Harvard School of Public Health, an increase of magnesium from whole foods [as opposed to supplements] was linked to a significant reduction in the risk of heart disease. Yet, heart disease is not the only health issue impacted by magnesium. A diet deficient in this vital mineral can lead to symptoms of insomnia, anxiety, depression, and high blood pressure.
Magnesium is richest in seeds, nuts, beans, and dark leafy greens and is responsible in part for healthy bowel movements, the production of detoxifying glutathione, energy metabolism, nerve function, bone mineral density, and regulating blood pressure.
Over-processing of foods can deplete magnesium values as can poor soil conditions and the use of chemical fertilizers. Choose organically grown, fresh whole foods such as raw pumpkin seeds, cashews, almonds, sesame seeds, spinach, and chard and replace canned beans with start-from-scratch dried beans in recipes for better magnesium retention.
Taking a little extra time today may add years of time to the future, and there’s no better time than the present to go mad for magnesium.