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Is Your Diet Missing Magnesium?

If healthy living is part of your plans for how to tackle 2008, then you need to ask yourself if your diet is missing magnesium. This mineral is mighty but is often over looked, even though it participates in hundreds of bodily functions that foster good health. It contributes to bone strength; in fact 50 percent of your total body magnesium is found in the bones. It also helps promotes a robust immune system and normalizes muscle, nerve, and heart function. Pretty convincing list, don't ya think?

Women ages 19 to 30 should get 310 milligrams daily of the mineral, and women over 31 need 10 milligrams more, with their daily recommended intake (RDI) being 320 milligrams. The good news is that whole grains are high in magnesium, especially quinoa. An ounce of dry roasted almonds contains 80 milligrams of magnesium while dry roasted cashews contain 75 milligrams. If you are looking for a food source a little lower in fat, then be sure to add beans to your diet. A cup of cooked black beans contains 75 milligrams of magnesium as well. Dairy products are also a good choice, just remember to choose low fat ones.

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ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 9 years
Fitness Fitness 9 years
Sorry ElectroPopTart, Please forgive my ommission. Here are the RDI's for men: Men, 19-30: 400 milligrams; 31 and older: 420 milligrams
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Mmmmm cashews...
mwmsjuly19 mwmsjuly19 9 years
I take a magnesium supplement every day. Who knows if it works, but I've convinced myself it gives me the energy to hit the gym daily. So it can't hurt!
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 9 years
Hmm...what about us BOYS? I don't know the daily amount for males....
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