Did you know magnesium is a part of at least 300 enzymatic functions in the body? Of course, you did because you just read about the rice. 😉 This major mineral, which means the body requires more than 100 mg, is very important to our body. It plays a role in DNA and protein synthesis. Our muscles rely on magnesium for proper function of contraction and relaxation. You know those cramps you get when you work out, or just move your toe the wrong way, that can be your body telling you it needs more magnesium (among other things). Along with other minerals,Now it plays an inverse relationship with regulating blood pressure and reduces the risk of hypertension. As part of bioenergetics, it improves the effectiveness of how energy is released in the body.
The recommended daily allowance for magnesium is for males age 19 to 30 – 400 mg and age 31 to 70 – 420 mg. For women age 19 to 30 – 310 mg and age 31 to 70 – 320 mg. You can find magnesium in a wide variety of plant-based foods; whole grains, green leafy vegetables, legumes, nuts, and seafood.
The absorption of magnesium can be affected by high amounts of calcium and phosphorus especially in supplement form. If you are taking those supplements, be sure to take them at a different time than when you are eating your leafy greens!
Now go add some beans to that spiced up rice and enjoy!