Magnesium from spinach is vital for over 300 vital biochemical reactions in the body yet on the typical Western "industrial" diet we are only getting half of what we need. It is little wonder that we are so sickly.
There are plenty of sources of magnesium so there is absolutely no reason why we should be lacking. Dark-green leafy vegetables like spinach, nuts and seed are great sources; unrefined grains and legumes too.
If you aren't enjoying these wonderful foods daily, then you probably are in the half that is woefully and dangerously deficient in magnesium; Alzheimer's disease, hypertension and cardiovascular tragedies lie in wait, just to mention a few.
It's time to get on with some prevention.
Along with the magnesium you will be getting a huge number of other benefits by eating more spinach; green leafy vegetables enjoyed daily. They contain plenty of fibre, that means less colorectal cancer and lutein, the phytochemical that prevents adult-onset macular degeneration.
15 million Americans are needlessly either complete blind, or partially sighted because they won't eat their greens.
There is a big fat lie, implied if not stated outright, that we need eat only the foods that tickle our fancy. That's the direct route to a medical hell; pain, pills and surgery. We eat our greens whether we like them or not; or suffer.
Our philosophy is slow food, made fast. Let's see how many recipes we can find to rustle up adequate spinach, or other dark-green leafy vegetables, in our food.
The very simplest way in my book to enjoy spinach, oddly for breakfast, but don't let that put you off, is Eggs Florentine.
Simply wash your dark-green leafy vegetable, chop it relatively finely, boil it for a few minutes in a little water, and poach two eggs on your spinach. What could be easier? Enjoy it on half a slice of whole grain toast with butter. You do know not to use margarine, I hope. Trans fats are deadly.
Baby young leaves of spinach will make up the foundation for any green salad. See how many colours you can add; tomatoes, peppers and cucumber, for example.
Legumes are a good source of magnesium too, so we regularly enjoy this authentic hummus recipe with our salads; see it on the baby spinach leaves.
Whole grains like corn on the cob are also an excellent source of magnesium; this is a lunch platter fit for a king. Add a slice of 100% real bread and natural honey and the queen will enjoy it too.
Pork slithers with chives makes a lovely dish that you can rustle up in no time at all.
This spinach soup is so delicious and easy to make in a jiffy. Add cream or even yoghurt to help with the absorption of the lutein and other phytochemicals.
There really is no reason to be deficient in magnesium; there are so many delicious sources. Spinach is the richest of them all, so we eat it every single day of the year. I have no desire to go blind when I'm old.
Here's an anecdote of interest. I visited my optician for a new pair of spectacles and an examination of the eyes. Said he, after looking very carefully down his ophthalmoscope, "You eat a lot of greens, don't you?" I was astounded; how did he know?
"There's not a sign of macular degeneration or cataracts," said he. "That is how I know."
I realised he was being serious and so began a journey to discover how to prevent macular degeneration. It's all about two phytochemicals called lutein and zeaxanthin; they are found exclusively in the retina of the eye where they absorbe damaging blue radiation.
This Bernie's health spinach dip to go on your salads is so easy to throw together.
There really are a multitude of very simple ways to enjoy spinach that are delicious and easy to prepare. There is no reason why your diet should be found wanting when those 300 enzyme reactions come looking for magnesium to keep you as strong and well as Popeye.
But if you hate dark-green leafy vegetables, and especially if you are a smoker, then you are doomed to cataract operations and macular degeneration. As for me and my family, we'll eat spinach!
How to grow spinach is mandatory if you have just a tiny patch of garden; more important than the flowers that you won't be able to see if you get AMD.
Enjoy magnesium from spinach daily and save yourself a lot of bother.
It's not only magnesium from spinach. This dark-green leafy vegetable is also a rich source of calcium; 245 milligrams from just 1 cup.
Magnesium from spinach gave Popeye huge, bulging muscles.
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