Kate's Cuisine

Jun 12 2009

Magnesium

Magnesium is an important mineral that can be found in tap water and acts very similarly to calcium. Magnesium not only helps in proper bone development but it also helps muscles contract and blood clot. Magnesium helps create proteins, fats, and nucleic acids and it also helps boost the immune system. Magnesium also plays a part in nerve and muscle function and it also controls hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease.

Men should get 400mg/day of magnesium but once over the age of 30, t his amount should be increased by 20mg. Women should make sure they get 310mg/day until the age of 30 when this amount should be increased by 10mg.

Besides tap water, green leafy vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds, and whole grains are all great sources of magnesium.

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