Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Are you taking your Manganese?

If you are like me, you take your vitamins daily and try to get your husband to do the same. Good luck with that!

I read that magnesium is a trace mineral that our bodies need in order to maintain normal muscle and nerve function. It also keeps our hearts' rhythm steady, supports a healthy immune system, ensures the integrity of our arteries by controlling blood pressure, and helps to maintain strong bones. Plus, it works to regulate blood sugar and is involved in energy metabolism.

Early to Rise in Message #1670, has an item today on the difference between Magnesium and Magnesium Oxide.

Magnesium oxide is a more economical form of magnesium that is widely used by supplement manufacturers. In his health report, Nutritional Supplements That Don't Work, Bill Sardi writes: "Only 4% of magnesium oxide is absorbed. So a person taking 400 milligrams of magnesium oxide would effectively absorb only 16 milligrams."
I take Kirkland's Daily Multi Vitamins and Minerals and it has Magnesium as one of the ingredients. Only, it has 100 mg or 25% of a RDA. (Some experts suggest the optimal intake is closer to 800 mg.)

The article also, indicates many excellent food sources of magnesium include green vegetables, salmon, nuts, seeds, and beans. See, honey, I may be full of beans, but I'm not "full of beans" when it comes to taking my "dailies".

Bev & Mike
Landfair Furniture + Design Gallery

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