Magnesium heart is the element that gives protection against cardiac disease.
In a landmark study Japanese scientists report in the journal Atherosclerosis April 2012 that a study of nearly 60,000 initially healthy persons over a 15 year period revealed that 2690 people died of cardio vascular disease. Of these:
After evaluating the magnesium intake in their diets using a special questionaire, they concluded that there was an inverse correlation between heart disease and both ischemic stroke and haemorrhagic stroke and magnesium.
"dietary magnesium intake was associated with reduced mortality from cardiovascular disease especially for women."
In short, those people eating food high in magnesium had a fifty percent lower incidence of heart disease and stroke.
Magnesium heart in spinach is what gave Popeye cardiac protection.
This is consistent with research about
homocysteine cardiovascular in which it has been found that a toxic substance called homocysteine
builds up in the tissues in the absence of certain vitamins and
minerals. Homocysteine build up is strongly correlated with
arteriosclerosis, furring of the arteries, leading to coronary heart
disease and stroke. And many other diseases. Read more in the classic book,
The H factor ...
Healthy choice foods are those that give you an even chance of reaching eighty with all your marbles and joints intact; and taking a minimum of pills.
Our healthy choice foods page gives you some simple suggestions that can swing the statistics in your favour. Heart disease and type II diabetes are entirely preventable if you choose the right lifestyle. It must include magnesium rich foods.
Magnesium and blood pressure are known to be inversely correlated, and of course lower BP means less cardiovascular disease.
Foods high in magnesium include especially the green leafy vegetables like spinach and broccoli, and legumes, nuts and oats.
A simple way to significantly increase the dietary sources of magnesium would be to add these foods three times a day. They all have huge other benefits. The provide natural fibre for your constipation, help in lowering cholesterol, and add vegetable protein to lower our reliance on meat; and they taste great.
Plus, they are low in carbohydrate, so they fit in perfectly if you are banting; losing weight with a low starch and high fat diet.
Personally I have considerable difficulties with the classic Banting diet; we're going to see an uptick in the cancer rates.
So if you are obese, then seriously consider this modified Banting diet. Instead of being very high in animal protein and fat, it allows legumes, and encourages the use of olive oil and avocados.
Advisory. There are only two criteria for me when preparing food:
This site is about slow food, made fast. How pretty it is doesn't come even vaguely into the picture, except when we're having guests.
We have a glut of TV programmes these days on cooking but there's one big problem. It takes so long, using precious hours we don't have; so we don't even attempt it. And, except for Jamie Oliver, whether it's healthy or not is never mentioned.
So, yes, my oats breakfast above looks like a dog's breakfast; but it's very quick to make, tastes divine and is extremely healthy.
Leave out the toast if you're banting; and drop a blob of butter on the spinach; low carb, high fat. Butter is back you know; Julia Childs and I are very happy.
Want more magnesium in your food?
After radishes and pole beans, spinach is about the easiest vegetable to grow in the garden. And it goes on bearing for months and months. It's a great food high in magnesium. Young spinach leaves and radishes in a salad with this simple spinach dip
If you really want to be posh, then consider this authentic hummus recipe made of garbanzo beans, parsley and sesame seeds; hummus is certainly one of the best foods high in magnesium.
It takes me only four minutes to make hummus. It oxidises within a few days, so food manufacturers load the supermarket stuff with chemicals. Then it tastes and is awful. Still more magnesium heart food?
Just 3 to 4 broccoli seedlings planted in the back garden in the spring
will bear for months and months. After you have picked the main head,
small florets keep appearing for an age, perfect for a soup or
salad. The beautiful yellow flowers are also very healthy and will brighten any salad.
Just as important is that broccoli is the queen that rules over all in the anti cancer stakes.
It does have quite a long growing season; plant them early in spring once the risk of frost is over. Better still, they grow well in late summer and into early winter. Choose the right variety with help of from your nurseryman.
Steam or boil your veggies in very little water; research shows that about a third of the magnesium is lost otherwise.
Save that spinach or broccoli water to make a soup or gravy.
I used to devein our spinach when cooking it, but I don't bother any more; and there are plenty of nutrients in those stalks; it struck me as weird that we eat the stalks of celery and throw away the leaves, but eat the leaves of spinach and throw away the stalks!
The health benefits of spinach are legion, especially it's rich source of magnesium for the heart; I'm not exaggerating when I say we enjoy it at least 300 days in the year in one form or another.
Better and better. Researchers at the Kentucky Medical Centre after following forty-three thousand men found that those who ate plenty of food high in magnesium had over thirty percent less gall stones.
What's more, eating foods that contain magnesium was more effective than taking magnesium supplements. Probably because of the fibre in these foods containing magnesium.
According to the study, over ten percent of the people in Western countries like the United States suffer from gall bladder disease.
There are dozens of food supplement companies that will do their level best to convince you that the way to increase your magnesium is to purchase their products.
Magnesium, zinc and calcium are in a very fine balance in the body. Should you magnesium overdose it can have very serious repercussions. Think rather of foods that contain magnesium, along with the perfect balance provided by the Good Lord.
Renal and urology news reports that there is strong research confirming that raising the magnesium in your diet inhibits the formation of crystals in the kidneys. There is a snag though; many magnesium rich foods like spinach are also high in oxalate.
So, perhaps if you have kidney stones, as do one in ten folk following the modern American diet, there may be a place for moderate magnesium supplementation.
A sweet tooth incidently, they report, increases your risk of kidney stones by more than 30 percent.
Magnesium and diabetes are also strongly inversely linked. Research from Tufts University found that those who consumed the highest amount of magnesium were 32% less likely to contract diabetes that those who ate the least; that's massive.
They report that the best sources are whole grains, nuts, fish and vegetables.
Moreover, only 50% of Americans enjoy the RDA for magnesium. Is it any wonder that diabetes is expanding in leaps and bounds?
100% whole wheat flour is difficult to get, unless you grind your own as we do, but cracking your own pecan nuts and enjoying fish and vegetables such as kale, spinach and Swiss chard is really not that difficult. Would you rather inject yourself every day with insulin?
Bernard Preston is a health nut and proud of it. I don't like pain and I don't like seeing my patients drop dead twenty years before their time with preventable diseases. Magnesium heart if for all of us. Did you get that Tufts' research? Only 50% of Americans reach the RDA for magnesium.
More spinach and kale, plenty of freshly cracked pecan nuts, fish at least twice a week and, dare I suggest it, your own homemade low GI bread; it takes me five minutes on alternate days.
Is that too much to ask to save yourself from a triple bypass and injecting yourself four times a day with insulin?
Get your magnesium intake up, and remember it's far better from your food than from pills. Yes, better health takes some effort; rather that than the effort and expense of driving to the doctor.