Magnesium is an essential mineral and the human body needs for a number of reasons, and it has been found that as many as 68% of the American population is deficient in this essential nutrient.
A deficiency in magnesium can cause a number of problems such as muscle cramps, allergies, asthma, anxiety, restless legs syndrome and headaches and can contribute to attention deficit disorder and even heart disease. Magnesium also helps to rid the body of wastes and toxins and is necessary for good bone health.
While one can take a magnesium supplement, as with all nutrients, it is better obtained from the food we eat than a supplement. The good news is that magnesium can be obtained from a number of food sources, some of which we can easily grow in our own gardens.
Some excellent sources of magnesium, to include in our diet are spinach, pumpkin seeds, broccoli, summer squash, green beans, celery, sunflower seeds, tomatoes and beets. All of these veggies are good for health for a number of reasons; not just their magnesium content and should be included in the diet.
By growing these at home, particularly using home compost, or by buying organic produce, you can ensure that the magnesium levels that you consume are highest.