It pays to get adequate amounts of magnesium.  According to population studies, less than 30 percent of adults in the United States ingest the Recommended Daily Amount of Magnesium.  Making sure you get enough is one of the easiest ways to LIVE YOUNGER.  I’ve blogged extensively about the benefits of an Epsom salts bath to absorb magnesium and I routinely recommend pharmaceutical-grade supplements.  Today, let’s talk about how you can cash in on magnesium with Cashews, a delicious between-meal snack that is easy to find.

Magnesium helps maintain normal nerve and muscle function and a steady heart beat.  It supports a protective immune system and is essential for strong bones.  Interestingly, this mineral is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body as an “enzyme cofactor.”  Additionally, it helps regulate glucose levels in the blood and aids in energy production and protein synthesis.  You can’t feel your best without it!  So, what are some signs of low magnesium intake?  Be sure to get plenty of this “master mineral” order to avoid these signs of inadequate intake:

  • Muscle cramps
  • Facial tics or tremors
  • Poor sleep
  • Chronic pain
  • High blood pressure
  • Anxiety
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Poor memory
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Potassium deficiency
  • Weak bones
  • And more…

Just one-fourth of a cup of Cashews provides about 29 percent of the Dietary Reference Intake for Magnesium.  It is estimated that 80 percent of our topsoil is depleted of Magnesium; it’s tougher to get it from food than it used to be.  Other great facts about Cashews:

  • Although they have a lower fat content than some other nuts, 82 percent of the fat they do contain is unsaturated and is the heart-protective monounsaturated fat similar to olive oil.
  • Studies are showing that people who eat nuts at least twice a week are less likely to gain weight as compared to those who never eat nuts.
  • Cashews are more stable than other nuts but are still best stored tightly sealed in the refrigerator.  They stay fresh when frozen for up to a year.  
  • Each ¼ cup serving contains almost 100 percent of the daily requirement of Copper, which is also an essential component of many enzymatic reactions in the body.

Cashews are a versatile addition to any meal.  Here’s a delicious side dish for fish or poultry:

Healthy Sauteed Vegetables With Cashews

(from World’s Healthiest Foods)

Base:

  • ¼ cup Chicken Broth or Water
  • 1 cup each Red and Yellow Bell Peppers, sliced ½ inch thick
  • 1 cup Onion, sliced ½ inch thick
  • 1 cup Snow Peas
  • ½ cup whole Cashews, roasted in the oven for 15-20 min on 250 degrees

Dressing:

  • 3 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 teaspoons Lemon Juice
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • Sea Salt and Pepper to taste
  1. Chop Garlic and set aside.
  2. Slice Onions.
  3. Heat Broth or Water over low heat, covered.
  4. When liquid is steaming, add Bell Peppers and Onions.  Cover tightly and saute for 5 minutes.
  5. Add Snow Peas and saute covered for 2 minutes.
  6. Transfer vegetable mixture to a serving bowl and toss with Cashews and dressing mix.

START SOMEWHERE adding Cashews to your eating plan. I’ve just covered one area of their richness.  They provide a myriad of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and beneficial fats.  LIVE YOUNGER by giving your body more of God’s bounty – the natural nutrients that it needs to repair and renew.  Cash in on magnesium with Cashews!  

Cash in on Magnesium with Cashews

Cash in on Magnesium with Cashews