Magnesium – an essential mineral that regulates the body’s acid/alkaline blance. It helps to activate and assimilate the vitamin B complex, as well as assimilate vitamins C and E, calcium, and potassium. Magnesium also helps to strengthen the function of the muscles, including the heart muscle. It helps in the process of strong bone formation, making new cells, insulates the nerves, and in energy production.

Symptoms of deficiency include heart disease, calcification if the blood vessels, kidney stones, nervousness, loss of muscular control, nervous fatigue, insomnia, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, and blood clots in the veins.

It is best taken with proteins, calcium, phosphorus, vitamins C and D.

It is canceled out by alcohol.

Foods containing magnesium include:

Cereals – Barley, bran, brown rice, cornmeal, Rye, soy, wheat bran cereal, wheat germ, whole wheat.

Dairy – Cheddar Cheese, Cream, Egg yolk, Goats milk, Ice cream (the real stuff), Parmesan cheese, Swiss cheese, whole cow’s milk (not homogenized milk).

Fruits – Apples (tofah), Avocado, Bananas, Blackerries, Blueberries, Breadfruit, Cherries, Dates (belah), Figs (teen), Gooseberries, Grapefruits, Grapes, Guava, Kiwi, Nectarines, Oranges, Passion fruit, Peaches (mish), Pineapples (ananas), Prickly Pear, Prunes, Raisins, Raspberries, Strawberries (ferola), Watermelon (batiqh).

Herbs and Spices – Basil, Chives, Cloves, Coriander, Dill, Fennel, Ginger, Marjoram, Mint, Mustard seeds, Tarragon, Sea Salt.

Meats – Chicken, Turkey

Seeds/Nuts – Almonds (loz), Brazil Nuts, Cashews, Peanuts (fool sudani), Pecan, Pistachios, Pumpkin Seeds, Sesame seeds (simsim).

Sea Foods –. Flounder, Kelp, Salmon, Shrimp, tuna.

Vegetables etc – Amaranth leaves (calalloo), Beets, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Carrots, Cauliflower, Collards, Corn, Eggplant/Aubergines (betinjang), French beans (fusilia akdar), Nettle, Okra (bamya), Onion (basal), Parsnips, Peas, Plantain, Potatoes (unpeeled), Sorrel, Squash, Tomatoes, Turnip greens.