Posted: Nov 23, 2018
Magnesium is involved in over 300 enzymatic reactions in the human body. We need it to maintain healthy muscles, to keep a regular heartbeat, to support the immune system, and to maintain healthy blood sugar and blood pressure levels. If that’s not enough pique your interest in this magnificent mineral, it also plays a critical role in bone health.
Most Canadians don’t get enough magnesium. But before your reach for a bottle of pills, consider this: The health benefits of magnesium are more readily evident from food sources, not supplements. That’s because nutrients within whole foods act in synergy to produce health effects we can’t replicate with single nutrient supplements. This seems to be particularly true when it comes to blood pressure.
Luckily, magnesium-rich foods abound if you know where to look. Plants are a good place to start. Find a way to include some plants at every meal and you’ll be well on your way (yes - even breakfast!). Leafy greens like spinach and chard are particularly rich sources and work beautifully in omelets and smoothies. If you haven’t already, make the switch to whole grains. They’re chock full of magnesium, as are legumes. Beans on toast, anyone?