Increased Magnesium May Help Decrease Inflammation
Thursday, September 19th 2013
- Fewer than half of the people in the study were getting enough dietary magnesium to meet the estimated average requirement (the amount estimated to meet the needs of 50% of people), and more than one-third had low magnesium levels in their blood.
- People with low-magnesium diets had higher levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), a marker of inflammation that is closely correlated with cardiac risk.
- A low magnesium diet was also associated with a higher body mass index, a number based on height and weight that is used to diagnose overweight and obesity. Scientists have found a close relationship between obesity and inflammation.
- CRP levels decreased in people in the magnesium group whose CRP levels were high at the beginning of the stuffy, but increased in those in the placebo group.
- Have an ounce of almonds or cashews every day. This will add about 75mg of magnesium to your daily intake. Better still, try an ounce of pumpkin seeds, which have twice as much magnesium.
- Add a half-cup of cooked spinach, Best know for its iron content, spinach has 75mg of magnesium as well. Swiss Chard has a similar amount.
- Switch to quinoa, instead of rice or pasta. A half-cup of cooked quinoa has about 90mg of magnesium.
- Replace refined foods. In general, eating more foods with whole grains, nuts and seeds, beans, and green vegetables – the richest sources of magnesium 0 will boost your intake of magnesium and other vitamins and minerals.
- Consider supplementing. A magnesium supplement or a multivitamin with magnesium can help ensure that you get enough each day.
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