It is estimated that over 36 Million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate will be sold in preparation for Valentine’s day. With the U.S. consuming an average of 2.8 billion pounds, chocolate is one of the most popular treats. But, did you know that chocolate is actually linked to a nutrient that over 80 percent of Americans are deficient in?
A deficiency in magnesium may play a role in some intense cravings. Our magnesium intake in this country has dropped dramatically below the recommended 500 mg daily amount. Today, the average American only consumes 175–225 mg of magnesium per day. With chocolate being high in magnesium, it’s no wonder that the popular treat is also a common craving. Perhaps, being deficient in magnesium is the culprit to our insane chocolate consumption?
So, why does this decadent treat have us by the tooth?
Magnesium activates over 300 enzyme reactions in the body that are crucial to your nerve and muscle function, energy levels, blood coagulation, and both bone and cell formation. The symptoms of a magnesium deficiency range from anxiety and irritability to poor digestion and insomnia. This is why you might feel better and more relaxed after eating chocolate.
If you find yourself craving chocolate on more than just a few occasions, and you have ruled out cravings for sugar specifically, then you may want to include more of these magnesium-rich foods into your diet:
· Dark leafy greens
You may find that a diet abundant in magnesium-rich foods will help keep your chocolate cravings at bay. Of course, you can get magnesium in a supplement form, too.
Increasing magnesium intake doesn’t just help reduce chocolate cravings. There are many benefits to adding more of this mineral into our daily wellness routine. Taking the correct form of magnesium may relieve symptoms of:
· Muscle Fatigue? Try Magnesium Malate. Decreased oxygen levels of muscles (hypoxia) can cause the tissue to breakdown, also known as mitochondrial damage. It is suggested that magnesium malate eases pain caused by muscle tissue hypoxia by allowing the body to make more ATP. It has also been shown to help fibromyalgia pain.
· Digestive Issues? Try Magnesium Citrate. Magnesium activates enzymes that assist the body in absorbing and using fats, proteins, and carbohydrates. This is a great source of relief for constipation and keeping your digestion regular.
· Sleep, Mood, or Memory Trouble? Try Magnesium Glycinate or Threonate. These forms of magnesium can improve mood, aid in sleep, and are critical for memory. Well-known for its calming effect, this type of magnesium can have a positive impact on mood and behavior. This combination is also a key component in activating nerve channels that are crucial for learning and memory.
· Heart Health? Try Magnesium Taurine. Both the magnesium and the amino acid taurine can reduce blood pressure and improve contractions of the heart muscle.
Ask Dr. Kat about dosages and what other key nutrients need to be taken in tandem for maximum absorption.