I recently wrote about potassium and what to eat to increase and/or maintain necessary levels in the body . Magnesium is a mineral that is also extremely important for physical health and vitality and especially for heart health.
Magnesium is in demand for enzyme function throughout the body- at least 300 enzymes utilize Mg to function properly. There are hundreds ( thousands) of proteins that need Mg for proper binding function.
The heart uses more magnesium than all other organs and the maintenance of proper serum Mg levels limits promotes vigorous heart health and reduces high blood pressure, prevents arrhythmia ,cardiovascular disease and even sudden cardiac death.
Many people are deficient in magnesium ( 50-80%) and are at risk for diseases and symptoms related to magnesium deficiency.
FOODS FOR MAGNESIUM:
- Dark leafy greens – spinach,chard, kale, mustard…
- Nuts and seeds- almonds, walnuts, macadamias,pumpkin, sunflower, sesame
- Coffee- black
- Cacao and Dark chocolate
- Beans/ Legumes- black beans, kidneys, pintos….
- Whole grains
- Brassicas – broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale
Here is some video information on Magnesium and the heart: