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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Magnesium for Your Heart


Is your heart crying out for it?

Magnesium is good for your heart. Yet people, including doctors, often overlook this basic, essential mineral.

Although I'm really taking a break from blogging today, I wanted to mention this heart remedy. It's great for prevention and for staying healthier once heart disease has developed.

Magnesium needs to be in balance with calcium, but many people get more calcium in their diet than magnesium. A dietary adjustment is preferable, though magnesium supplements are also an option. Foods rich in magnesium include seeds and nuts, legumes, and dark green leafy vegetables. (When you cook your dark green leafy vegetables - or any vegetables for that matter, it's better to steam them than to boil in lots of water. But if you must use lots of water, consume it - much of the magnesium in the veggies leaches out into the water!)

If you want a magnesium supplement, consider absorbability. Magnesium oxide is a form often used in supplements because it is cheap, but it is also not as well absorbed as some other forms, such as citrate and glycinate. Also, magnesium oxide is not a good form for people with tummy troubles.

Order Magnesium: at Amazon.com. [I use Natural Vitality Natural Calm, which you can get at Amazon.com. It has highly absorbable magnesium citrate. I put it in my morning smoothies.]

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