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Here is something new that I learned this past week — there is such a thing as the Nutritional Magnesium Association.
Among the indicators of a lack of magnesium in the body are: muscle spasms, anxiety, insomnia, constipation, high blood pressure, headaches, irregular heartbeat, acid reflux. I have a few of those complaints, which is how I happened upon the above site.
Magnesium is also important to bone strength. With osteopenia on my health record, this is important to me. It works in concert with calcium. Calcium assists in muscle contraction while magnesium assist with muscle relaxation (hence the cramps and muscle spasms?)
Craving chocolate might also indicate a need for magnesium in the diet. Chocolate is a source of magnesium. Trust your body, folks!
Other foods that are good sources of magnesium are brazil nuts, almonds, cashews, pumpkin seeds. quinoa, rice bran, cocoa, spinach, and halibut.
Having watched a Frontline report on the dietary supplement industry, I am betting it is much better to get the nutritional benefits of magnesium from real foods just as the nutrition experts have always warned. On the other hand, I know there is also concern about practices of big-business agriculture depleting the soil of its once abundant minerals resulting in our food being quite less nutrition packed than it once was.
Ah, humans…what imperfect creatures we are! It’s not that I don’t use much stronger language in the privacy of my own home — just not ready to blow my little old lady, retired teacher image just yet.
There is a magnesium benefit from soaking in an Epsom salt bath. I have used magnesium oil spray to good effect. I do keep a supply of almonds, cashews and/or pumpkins seeds around — and of course a medicinal supply of good quality chocolate.