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Increase Your Bone Density!

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Magnesium Supplements –

Sure, eating bananas is good for osteoarthritis due to the potassium, but did you know magnesium benefits bones, too? One large study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and using subjects from the Framingham Heart Study found people who ate diets high in potassium and magnesium had higher bone density readings and stronger bones than those who didn’t.

“Magnesium has been known to help alleviate symptoms of arthritis. But despite that tens of millions of U.S. adults have arthritis, many people are low in magnesium and other important minerals,” says Michele M. Barrett, Executive Director at The Arthritis Research Institute of America. Increasing magnesium intake isn’t difficult since magnesium is in so many foods.

Foods to Eat:

  • Nuts
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Tofu
  • Dairy Products
  • Pineapple
  • Raisins
  • Artichokes
  • Avocados
  • Okra
  • Kidney Beans
  • Lima Beans
  • Whole Grains
  • Green Vegetables
  • Bananas and Plantains
  • Potatoes

These foods are also rich in potassium and calcium, two other nutrients that along with magnesium work to strengthen and protect bone.

If you are considering taking a supplement, Web MD states the daily recommended allowance for a woman age 31 and over who is not pregnant or breastfeeding is 320 mg/day. Males are 420 mg/day.

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