Most Americans today consume as little as 175-225 mg of magnesium per day vs. the US RDA daily recommendation of 420 mg. as estimated by the World Health Organization. Unfortunately, most people are ignorant of the healing powers of culinary herbs and spices, which are more capable of meeting these dietary requirements than some fruits and vegetables.
Magnesium is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. It helps maintain normal muscle and nerve function, keeps heart rhythm steady, supports a healthy immune system, and keeps bones strong. Magnesium also helps regulate blood sugar levels, promotes normal blood pressure, and is known to be involved in energy metabolism and protein synthesis.
Consequently, magnesium deficiency is serious. Low magnesium has both neurological and muscular effects such as depression, fatigue, muscle cramps, and abnormal heart rhythms. It is estimated that as many as 50% of magnesium deficiency cases may go undetected and untreated because accurate magnesium tests are not available.
Dr. Ronald Elin, M.D. Ph.D., of the Department of pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Louisville has stated:
“Serum and red blood cell magnesium concentrations have been shown to be poor predictors of intracellular magnesium concentration.”
Considering that an estimated 75% of Americans are magnesium deficient and another 19% consume less than half of the magnesium necessary for health, it would seem prudent to supplement magnesium for preventative health.
However, magnesium cannot be patented and pharmaceutical companies have no vested interest in creating a drug that cannot be patented. As a result, doctors may lack the knowledge about magnesium that would otherwise be conferred via drug companies’ representatives.
So, it is more important than ever to educate oneself about the sources of magnesium in the diet and naturally supplement it through food choices.
Eating a wide variety of legumes, nuts, whole grains, and vegetables will help you meet your daily dietary need for magnesium. However, what is little known is that sesame seeds are a very good source of magnesium and calcium. In fact, just a quarter-cup of sesame seeds supplies 31.6% of the DV for magnesium and 35.1% of the DV for calcium.
A wealth of evidence reveals the power contained inside these tiny seeds.
In fact, recent research on sesame seeds has focused attention on two unique lignans found in these tiny seeds for having the potential to reduce blood lipid levels and blood pressure, fighting inflammation and cancer, and boosting the body’s antioxidant capacity.
Obviously, sesame seeds ability to manage some of today’s health disorders gives one pause to add plenty of these seeds to our daily diets.
Sesame seeds aren’t just for hamburger buns anymore.
Engage Organics Original All-Purpose is reintroducing its Original Parsley Patch All-Purpose Blend loaded with the sesame seed disease fighting lignans, to be shaken liberally on salads, meats, fish, chicken, tofu, vegetables, or everything you would normally season with salt.
When you add Engage Organics Original All-Purpose Blend to your table, you won’t be counted among the 75% of Americans who are magnesium deficient. Shake the Original All-Purpose into all your foods to get disease fighting phytonutrients, instead of salt, in every healthful shake.