Oatmeal (magnesium)

20 Jan

A delicious way to slim down, stay healthy for 2018.

Here are a five good reasons to enjoy a warm bowl of oats every morning this winter.

It’s perfect comfort food, It helps with weight control, it stabilizes blood sugar, it lowers cholesterol, it contains magnesium.

Whole grains such as oats are a great source of magnesium. Refined grains don’t supply the magnesium our body needs. Insufficient magnesium intake is a common but silent deficiency estimated to affect half the population.

Magnesium is best known for building stronger bones (along with calcium and vitamin D). In fact, 60% of our body’s magnesium is stored in our bones Besides building bones, magnesium is used to regulate blood sugar. People with diabetes and pre-diabetes frequently have low levels of magnesium. But that’s not all magnesium does.

It is used to regulate heart rhythm, blood pressure, muscle and nerve function and energy metabolism. Seniors absorb less and excrete more magnesium. Certain diuretics decrease magnesium absorption. Proton pump inhibitors for acid reflex ( such as Prevacid, Nexium and Prilosec) taken for more than one year can cause decreased magnesium storage in the body.

Besides oats, rich sources of magnesium include spinach, beans such as black beans and navy beans, pumpkin seeds and nuts.)

Source: The Elyria Chronicle newspaper 1-10-2018  Phyllis J. Molnar is a registered and licensed dietitian who writes about food and health for the Chronicle Telegram newspaper.

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