When we mention bone health and osteoporosis prevention, for instance, we automatically think: Calcium! And may be some of us will add: Vitamin D!
Well, there are many other elements essential for bone health and vitality, a major contributor in this job is: Magnesium.
Today, I want to shed light on this forgotten nutrient.
Magnesium is essential for body metabolism, cellular and brain protection and detoxification, energy production, bone health, enzyme work, proper nerve and muscles functions, and immune reactions. Magnesium also helps us deal with stress, reduces feeling of depletion and fatigue, and assists us in getting good quality much needed sleep and rest.
Magnesium is essential for the production of DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone), an essential hormone precursor of male and female sex hormones. Recent studies further showed the importance of DHEA in dealing with chronic stress and depression.
Magnesium is highly depleted in our modern day living and this depletion is largely attributed to our lifestyle and eating habits. We rely so much on refined grains, junk and over processed foods that lack this essential nutrient (or any other nutrients for that matter!). Many of us have been advised to take calcium supplements even when they are not calcium-deficient (more of the good thing makes it better, we have been led to think). This un-natural and unwanted calcium reduces our chance of absorbing magnesium from our food. And, almost all of us are, consciously or unconsciously, leading a stressful life, that contributes to our magnesium depletion.
To ensure your adequate continuous supply of magnesium, you need to eat a healthy, well balanced diet. Magnesium is naturally found in whole grains, fish and seafood, nuts, beans, seeds, bananas, and leafy greens.
Have a Healthy week!