The natural health researchers at Institute for Vibrant Living (IVL) would like to thank Judy Hood for contributing this report on dietary sources of magnesium and their importance for good health:
Magnesium is critical to the proper functioning of our bodies and the millions of people who have deficient levels of this mineral are at risk for a host of serious physical maladies.
According to the National Institutes for Health, magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body and it is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions that support good health.
Approximately 50% of our body's total magnesium is found in the bone and the other half is inside the cells of our tissues and organs.
Without the proper levels of magnesium, our bodies rebel with a host of health problems, which may include muscle spasms, fibromyalgia, osteoporosis, headaches, irregular heart rhythms, loss of appetite, numbness, tingling, insomnia and constipation.
Recent studies have linked low magnesium levels to hypertension and diabetes. Because the symptoms are diverse and will vary from person to person, a magnesium deficiency can be difficult to diagnose. Recent statistics indicate that millions of Americans have levels of magnesium deficiency ranging from mild to severe.
Medical researchers contend that there are several factors that influence magnesium deficiency. Depleted reserves of minerals in the soil and overuse of chemicals in fields where food is grown are major contributors to the problem. Our nation's obsession with processed foods, overuse of prescription medications and environmental toxins are also taking a toll on our magnesium levels.
Other causes of magnesium deficiency include uncontrolled diabetes, alcohol abuse and chronic vomiting or diarrhea. Age also appears to be a factor, so older adults are at an increased risk for magnesium deficiency.
One of the best ways to boost magnesium levels in your body is to eat a diet that is rich in green leafy vegetables, nuts, legumes, whole grains and certain types of seafood. Examples of magnesium rich foods are halibut, spinach, kale, almonds, cashews, collard greens, millet, beans, soy flour and tofu.
Tap water contains a variety of minerals including copper, zinc, selenium, calcium, magnesium and iron. The downside of tap water is that it may contain toxins, so many people use filters to purify it. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommends that consumers use a carbon-based filter that removes toxins from tap water and retains the minerals.
Because magnesium is so critical to our health, millions of people take supplements to ensure they are getting the amount they need. Liquid mineral supplements are best because they are easily absorbed by the body.
L-minerate528, which is available through the Institute for Vibrant Living, is an easy-to-use supplement that may "re-mineralize" and re-energize your body. Consider adding mineral supplements to your daily health regimen and reap the benefits of mighty magnesium.