Thursday, January 19, 2012

Lower Your Stroke Risk with Magnesium, Eating Black Beans and Chick Peas. Who Eats Those?

Proactive wellness is on the rise, with people searching for the label "organic" on just about everything; cutting down on trans fats and adding Omega 3 fatty acids; and hitting the gym five days a week.

The media is full of scientific studies pointing to various nutrients that make a difference to the brain, the bones, the heart and the smallest organs.  Magnesium has been touted for years as essential for the formation and maintenance of healthy bones and teeth, along with neuromuscular contractions.  It is also an activator of hundreds of enzymes that are essential for life.

Magnesium has just recently been touted to reduce the risk of stroke.  In fact, you're less likely to have a stroke if you eat liberal amounts of leafy greens, beans, lentils, nuts and whole grains.

When someone has a heart attack, most hospitals administer magnesium automatically, because North Americans in all age groups don't get enough magnesium.

Consider what you could eat to obtain 400 mgs of magnesium a day:  15 ounces of Halibut, four cups of solid tofu, 1 1/3 cups of wheat germ, 120 almonds, 96 cashews, four cups of cooked black beans or six cups of cooked lentils.

None of those foods are in our regular diet in such large quantities, so we take the USANA Essentials that include the Multi Minerals that contain 300 mg of magnesium, plus the Active Calcium which contain 400 mg in the recommended dose.  (Change the market for the local prices.)

Risk factors for a stroke include high blood pressure, smoking, excess weight, diabetes, high cholesterol, excess alcohol and stress.  Those are all good reasons to be more proactive with your health, to make healthier food choices and to take supplements.

What do kale and swiss chard look like?  They are on the healthy food list, so I guess we should get to know them on our plates, but they don't even sound good!  Maybe sliced strawberries and blueberries on top with oil and vinagrette will make them tasty.


Deanna Waters
Dedicated to Healthier Lifestyles
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