Conventional dietary wisdom suggests that by following a ‘healthy diet’ you’ll get all the nutrients you need to lead a healthy life while greatly reducing the risk for chronic disease. That is, in essence true. In a perfect world you’d not only be getting the 45 or so nutrients you need everyday, but in amounts known to reduce the risk for poor health.
Nowadays, this is the exception and not the rule.
Why? You know why; refined foods, nutrient-poor soils, fast food, processed foods and the like. About one-third of our calories come from ‘junk food’ so we are sadly missing the mark.
With research pouring in everyday, these five nutrients are a must have for anyone looking to improve their long term health.
Like all vitamins and minerals, magnesium wears many hats. Think about it, our complex bodies of some 100 trillion cells runs on some 15 vitamins and 15 minerals. Magnesium is no exception, it’s involved in about 350 metabolic pathways. Back in the early 1900s, most of us were getting about 500 – 600 mg of magnesium everyday, the perfect amount that science is now finding to be the sweet spot but sadly, most of us are only getting about 200 – 250 mg per day; enter cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, osteoporosis, and vascular calcification (without enough magnesium, and vitamin D for that matter, calcium gets dumped into our blood vessels).