When you think about a mineral that is critical for managing glucose levels you may immediately think of chromium. It is used by our bodies for carbohydrate, fat, and protein metabolism, and is essential for maintaining normal blood sugar. However, there is another mineral many people are found to be deficient in which is critical and that is magnesium.
Calcium has always gotten most of the attention over the years, but magnesium is involved in hundreds of biochemical reactions in your body. Deficiency, which is very common, contributes to significant health problems including Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. In fact, having low magnesium levels could be the greatest predictor of heart disease according to recent research.
So besides supplementing, using a magnesium lotion or cream and taking Epsom salt baths, how can you increase magnesium intake? The short answer is eat more plant foods. Include foods like dark green leafy veggies as well as raw cacao powder, dark chocolate, avocados, pumpkin and sesame seeds, and herbs like chives and basil.
Do you regularly include magnesium-rich plant foods in your meals or supplement to be sure you are getting enough of this critical mineral?
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