BLOG: I recently mentioned the importance of electrolytes for health and hydration. I also listed several of the nutrients that are easily lost in sweat, including magnesium. This sparked the interest of several readers who followed up with questions about this under-stated nutrient. So, to provide magnesium the credit it deserves, I am featuring it in this post.
Magnesium is involved in over 300 bodily processes; that’s more than any other nutrient! This key mineral plays a large role in bone health, reducing blood pressure and decreasing risk of Type 2 Diabetes. In fact, it is so important that inadequate intake over time can result in muscle spasms, tingling, numbness and in serious cases, seizures.
Most healthy men need about 420mg of magnesium each day, while women should consume 320mg/day. Unfortunately, due to a highly processed diet, most Americans fall short of this recommendation. The body stores magnesium in the bones, and therefore, blood tests cannot confirm if nutritional requirements are met. Instead, we must rely on eating a healthy diet to prevent deficiency.
Processed items usually contain less magnesium than their natural counterparts, as heat, storage and the refinement process actually deplete minerals from your food. This is great news for Stewart’s customers, who will find that many of the best sources of magnesium are locally sourced and stocked in every neighborhood.
For one, dairy foods can range from 45-25mg of magnesium per serving. However, the high heat of ultra-pasteurization removes nearly all magnesium from milk. Stewart’s gets that milk from farm to store in 48 hours, meaning pasteurization at lower temperatures and shorter storage time: the result is dairy products with more magnesium!
Pick up a box of cereal to go along with your milk and just one cup can add 40mg of magnesium to your bowl. Also try switching to Stewart’s whole wheat bread, without the refinement process of white bread, it contains about 45mg per two slice serving. And don’t forget about the car cups! Nuts, such as almonds can contain 80mg per ounce(that’s nearly 25% of your daily value!
Stewart’s products are proof that local products provide more than just better flavor. One convenient stop into your neighborhood store can supply all the magnesium you need for healthy heart, bones and body. In fact, you may even find that a boost in magnesium gives you the energy you need to finish those summer projects!
-Christine Sloat MS, RD, CDN
About Christine: Christine Sloat is a Registered Dietitian and life-long resident of upstate New York. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Dietetics from the University of Delaware, and a Master’s of Science in Applied Nutrition from The Sage Colleges in Troy. She has a nutrition consulting business, Nutritious Notions LLC.