Supplement of the Month - Magnesium
Welcome to our New Nutritional Feature!
Dr. Barry gets questions daily about how nutrition can impact spinal health. On this page we will feature nutrients and foods that can help improve your care. We will also have our featured supplement available in the office at a reduced price.
Our monthly featured supplement for March 2023 is Magnesium! We chose Magnesium this month due to the benefits on the body and brain that this supplement provides to our patients.
What is Magnesium?
Magnesium is already found in the body. Every cell contains it, and needs it to function. Most of the magnesium in your body is in the bones, but some is also in your muscles, soft tissues, and even your blood. It acts as a helper molecule and aids in the following bodily processes:
- Creating energy
- Forming proteins from amino acids
- Maintaining your genes
- Moving your muscles
- Regulating your nervous system
It is estimated that 50% of U.S. adults get less than the recommended daily amount of Magnesium. Health problems associated with Magnesium deficiency are rare, but some medications cause a magnesium deficiency. It can lead to high blood pressure and heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, and migraine headaches.
In healthy people, Magnesium deficiency can be caused by a poor diet, digestive problems such as Crohn's disease, long-term vomiting or diarrhea, kidney problems, long-term use of diuretics, and alcoholism.
Magnesium and Chiropractic
Magnesium helps with the following conditions, which are common reasons to see a chiropractor:
- Boosting exercise performance
- Combating depression
- Supporting healthy blood sugar levels
- Promoting heart health
- Anti-inflammatory benefits
- May help prevent migraines
- May improve PMS symptoms
- May promote bone health
- Supports better sleep
- Helps reduce anxiety symptoms
What Brand Does Dr. Barry Recommend?
Dr. Barry recommends Innate Response for all supplements, due to its high quality and its inclusion of natural foods. He carries Magnesium supplements in his office, which will be sold at a reduced price through the month of March.
The following foods are rich in Magnesium:
- Pumpkin seeds
- Chia seeds
- Black beans
- Peanut butter
- Brown rice
Sources: https://www.healthline.com/nut... and https://www.healthdirect.gov.a...
Superfood of the Month - Turmeric
What is Turmeric?
Turmeric, a root plant also known as "curcumin," is a superfood with infamous anti-inflammatory properties. It is most commonly used as a cooking spice in Indian foods, as well as a traditional Indian medicine.
Turmeric has 7 calories per teaspoon, with 6% of your daily iron intake per serving. It is fat soluble. It is a good idea to take it with black pepper, also known as "piperine" to make sure your body absorbs it.
What Can Turmeric Do For You?
Turmeric is commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine. Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties, and has been shown to be completely safe to take over long periods of time. Experts now believe that inflammation plays a role in conditions such as:
- heart disease
- metabolic syndrome
- Alzheimer's disease
- various degenerative conditions
By consuming superfoods with anti-inflammatory properties, you can reduce your risk of these conditions.
Turmeric and Chiropractic
As stated above, turmeric can reduce the effects of such conditions that are commonly treated by chiropractic, such as rheumatoid arthritis. It can help reduce pain brought on by exercise in your joints as well. Adding turmeric to your diet can help your back and other joints by reducing the inflammation in them. Feel free to reach out to Dr. Barry and ask questions if you have them.
Source: https://www.simplysupplements.... and https://www.healthline.com/nut...