For over twenty five years grape fruit seed extracts have been widely used as antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and as a healthy alternative to the pharmaceutical/chemicals on the market. So prevalent has the use been, that one sees sprays, wipes, towelettes, washes, drops and even oral capsules! The manufacturers of these extracts have aggressively promoted their use for all manner of uses as safe and natural. Earlier this year, a startling study by the American Botanical Council, a non-profit US organization was released. All grapefruits seed extracts they tested were contaminated with synthetic and widely used chemicals and there were no
Getting your Magnesium through Food and Supplementation.
Now that we have established why magnesium is so important for essential cell function and how it impacts so many health conditions, we need to explore how to optimize magnesium intake. The first place to start is with food sources. Despite a decrease in the amount of magnesium found in soil, some foods still provide a valuable amount of the mineral. See the table below for the foods that have the highest levels of magnesium.
|Food||Serving Size||Mg (in mg)|
|Pumpkin or squash seeds, no shell.||60 mL (¼ cup)||317|
|Brazil nuts, without shell.||60 mL (¼ cup)||133|
|Peas, black-eyed peas, cooked||175 mL (¾ cup)||121|
|Sunflower seeds/butter.||30 mL (2 Tbsp)||120|
|Tempeh/fermented soy, cooked.||150 g (3/4 cup)||116|
|Cereals, All Bran||30 g||94-111|
|Almonds, without shell.||60 mL (¼ cup)||88-109|
|Soybeans, mature, cooked.||175 mL (¾ cup)||109|
|Salmon, Chinook, cooked.||75 g (2 ½ oz)||92|
|Spinach, cooked||125 mL (½ cup)||83|
|Swiss chard, cooked.||125 mL (½ cup)||80|
|Flaxseeds||30 mL (2 Tbsp)||78|
Table 3: Magnesium Content Per Avg. Serving Size.
2. Canadian Nutrient File 2010” [Accessed June 4th, 2016] www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/ nutrition/fiche-nutri-data/index-eng.php