Are you magnesium deficient? Do you often feel weak and tired for no reason? Well, you may be, as studies indicate that about 50% of people in the US and in Europe get less than the recommended daily amount of magnesium.
An easy fix to this problem is . . .
Hemp Hearts! Hemp hearts truly are the ultimate superfood. Not only are they are high in protein, and full of omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids, but they are loaded with vitamins and minerals. One of those powerful minerals is magnesium. Yep, just 3 tablespoons of hemp hearts provide 300mg of magnesium, which is 75% of your daily value.
But do you know just how important magnesium is for your health?
Let’s break it down.
Health Benefits of Magnesium
Magnesium is a mineral found in the earth, sea, plants, animals, and humans. About 60% of the magnesium in your body is found in bone, while the rest is in muscles, soft tissues, and fluids, (including blood). In fact, did you know that every single cell in our body contains magnesium and needs it to function?
One of magnesium's main roles is acting as a "helper molecule" in the biochemical reactions continuously performed by enzymes.
Some of the major bodily functions that magnesium helps with include: converting food into energy, helping to create new proteins from amino acids, creating and repairing DNA and RNA, helping muscles contract and relax, and helping to regulate neurotransmitters.
Other Ways That Magnesium Could Aid Your Health
Can Help Fight Depression:
Magnesium plays a critical role in brain function and mood, and low levels are linked to an increased risk of depression. In a randomized control trial in depressed adults, 450mg of magnesium daily improved mood and work as effectively as an anti-depressant. So, increasing your intake of hemp hearts is an easy way to up your magnesium intake to improve your mood!
Possibly Boost Exercise Performance:
Studies have shown that during exercise, you may need 10–20% more magnesium than when you're resting. Magnesium helps move blood sugar into your muscles and dispose of lactate, which can build up in muscles during exercise and cause pain. So, eating more hemp hearts can help you crush that workout, and recover faster!
May Help Those With Type 2 Diabetes:
Studies suggest that about 48% of people with type 2 diabetes have low levels of magnesium in their blood. This can impair insulin's ability to keep blood sugar levels under control. Also, research shows that people with low magnesium intake have a higher risk of developing diabetes. In fact, one study which followed more than 4,000 people for 20 years found that those with the highest magnesium intake were 47% less likely to develop diabetes. So, sprinkle away!
These are just some that magnesium can help different health aliments, but other studies have shown that magnesium can help lower blood pressure, improve inflammation, prevent migraines, reduce insulin resistance, and reduce PMS symptoms.
As a Final Note
Magnesium is safe and easily accessible. And you don't have to take a pill to get your daily dose. All you have to do is eat your hemp hearts!
Want a delicious way to use your hemp hearts? Try this Hemp Heart Stuffing Recipe, which is perfect for the holiday season!
~ Bridey Keating