(Food World Blog) – Magnesium is one of the most versatile and essential minerals that our bodies require for healthy cell, tissue, and muscle function. This mineral is a necessity for over 300 chemical reactions that include metabolism, production of nucleic acids and protein, and for maintaining heart health. In fact magnesium deficiency can increase the risk of heart attacks by 53% according to this research.
Healthy magnesium levels are best maintained with natural organic foods. Focus on establishing a healthy, balanced diet to provide a sufficient intake and cut back on the sugar and salt. Although there are supplements available, relying on them to provide the right levels is ineffective if your diet is poor. Manufactured supplements can also interfere with other forms of medication you might be taking, such as diuretics and antibiotics.
Although the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for magnesium is between 300-400 mg per day, research shows that taking an additional 100 milligrams per day can improve heart health and prevent heart disease. For a well-balanced diet, make sure to include these 20 magnesium-rich foods for cardiovascular health:
Research has shown that almonds improve heart health by maintaining healthy blood vessels and increasing antioxidants in the blood. It thereby reduces blood pressure to improve blood flow, which affects circulation through the heart. Add 1 ounce of dry-roasted almonds to your daily diet for 80 mg of magnesium.
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