Magnesium from nuts and seeds

Magnesium from nuts and seeds is needed to relax blood vessels; that affects every single cell from bones to our brains.

Also it is needed for literally hundreds of biochemical reactions in the body. Of great concern, half of all people on the typical industrial diet followed in the West are short by nearly 50% of the recommended dietary allowance; that can only mean poor health.

For the record we need about 400mg per day. If you follow the dictates of Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, then you would want to get your magnesium from your food rather than supplements.

Magnesium from nuts and seeds.

"Magnesium is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. It helps to maintain normal nerve and muscle function, supports a healthy immune system, keeps the heartbeat steady, and helps bones remain strong. It also helps adjust blood glucose levels. It aids in the production of energy and protein."

- MedlinePlus[1]

Magnesium from nuts and seeds

Magnesium from nuts and seeds is but one way to make sure we are getting enough of the mineral; it is found in many unrefined foods.

The problem of course is that we don't like legumes or dark-green leafy vegetables, and whole grains are very difficult to get. So magnesium from nuts and seeds is a good option.

Most of us enjoy a handful of pecan nuts or almonds, and pumpkin seeds are great favourites; they are also a good source of fibre, where we are often also short.

We can argue about whether this nut or that seed is richer in magnesium. For me counting calories and fussing about whether we are getting enough of specific minerals is what totally spoils the enjoyment of our food.

Those who enjoy daily a broad spectrum of foods need have no fear of whether they are getting sufficient of certain vitamins and minerals; there need be absolutely no worries about a deficiency of magnesium and the consequent likelihood of hypertension and diabetes.

So you can enjoy getting your magnesium from a mixture of nuts and seeds. Blend enough for a week and keep them in the fridge. 

You could sprinkle the nuts and seeds on your salad or put them in the bread dough; only we found that it doesn't rise as well. Now we enjoy them in our smoothies every morning.

Nuts and seeds in blender.

It matters not how you get your magnesium from nuts and seeds; just make sure that one way or another you they are regularly part of your food. Daily would be ideal.

This nutritious green smoothie is one our favourites; using mixed greens, avocado and nuts and seeds it is a veritable powerhouse for magnesium.

WebMD points out those with digestive issues are often deficient in magnesium[2]. For this reason we usually make our smoothies using kefir; it's a natural probiotic that is so easy to make in your own kitchen[3].

Nutritious green smoothie.

Followed by Eggs Hilton using diverse dark-green leafy vegetables on a slice of 100% wholegrain toast and you already have ensure that you have adequate magnesium, and a lot else to boot. The vitamin E alone makes this a powerful tonic for keeping blood pressure down and, being an anti-coagulant, clots that cause sudden death from cardiovascular disease at bay.

It's true that pride cometh before a fall, but neither Helen nor I take any medication whatsoever; no mean feat in our eighth decade. In part we give magnesium from nuts and seeds, enjoyed daily, part of the credit.

Eggs Hilton with a kefir smoothie.

It's the mission of this site to finding ways to make slow food fast. Neither grinding the nuts and seeds, making a smoothie nor cooking Eggs Hilton take any time at all; less than half an hour in total once you are in the groove.

Not easily seen there are a few pods of beans in season in our Eggs Hilton; they too are a rich source of magnesium. Half a cup contains around 50 mg.

It's our contention that you either put time, energy and money into good food, or you spend far more consulting doctors and purchasing medication.

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Notice incidentally that this meal is very low in carbohydrate; more important there are zero refined carbs. They are the real devil.

Just for the record a tablespoon of nuts and seeds weighs around 15g and contains about 40 mg of magnesium; a tenth of your daily needs. Richest of all are the dark-green leafy vegetables in your Eggs Hilton; half a cup contains 75mg.

Already from your breakfast alone you have well over a quarter of recommended dietary allowance of magnesium. If you would rather take blood pressure medication, then I'm afraid I cannot help you. We live and die by whether we make right choices or not.

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