Magnesium—The Missing Link to Better Health

magnesiumThere is so much talk in the news about the benefits (and risks) of calcium, but an often overlooked mineral that is critically important to optimal health is magnesium.

Magnesium performs a wide array of biological functions in the body – from helping to create energy by activating ATP to serving as a building block for RNA and DNA synthesis.  Unfortunately, an estimated 80% of Americans are deficient in magnesium.

The attached article and video highlight the important role magnesium plays in the body and the relationship between magnesium, calcium, vitamin D and vitamin K2.  Balancing these four nutrients in appropriate amounts is vitally important for your health, so if you’re taking any one of them, make sure to talk to your health care practitioner about appropriately dosing the others.

Another important point is that  it is becoming increasingly more difficult to get adequate amounts of magnesium through your diet alone.  There are a number of vegetables, fruits and nuts that do contain magnesium, such as spinach, swiss chard, pumpkin seeds, avacados, and bananas.  Also, for you chocolate lovers you’ll be happy to know that dark chocolate is a great source of magnesium as well.

Click here to find a listing of the different foods and the magnesium content of each.

While it’s important to include these foods in your diet, unfortunately the nutrient content of the soils in which theses foods are grown has been depleted, which makes it even more important to find a high quality magnesium supplement to add to your health regimen.

Enjoy the article, and gives us a call if you have any questions.

Magnesium—The Missing Link to Better Health.

Be well.

Mike

Michael Lenz RPh, is a partner in Fallon Wellness Pharmacy of Saratoga.  He has over 15 years experience in custom compounding.  Michael has received extensive training in Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) and Adrenal Fatigue.  He is an advocate for healthy eating and proper nutritional supplementation, and speaks frequently on the subjects of hormone health, nutrition and wellness.  Michael is currently enrolled in the Institute For Functional Medicine’s Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner Program.  He lives in Saratoga Springs, NY with his wife and 4 children.

sources: eatlocalgrown.com; healthalisciousness.com

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