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This Week's Top Fruit Picks

Yellow peach/ nectarine combo, Kiwi fruit, organic Golden Nugget mandarins and 4 reasons to get more Magnesium. Yes these early peaches and nectarines are but a gentle breeze compared to the full gale of glorious summer fruit that's ripening on the trees today in Eastern WA. I feel they have enough of the local stone fruit flavor we're all anticipating in about 30 days. So I included a dozen this week for your enjoyment. You'll also find some sweet Kiwi fruit from New Zealand. For you adventurous eaters, the kiwifruit skin is completely edible and makes this nutrient-dense fruit even more nutritious! A recent study shows that eating the skin triples the fiber intake compared to merely eating the flesh. And by not peeling the skin, you preserve much of the vitamin C content as well. I also found a boatload of organic Golden Nugget mandarins. It's likely these are the last of the season. Be sure to gobble some up as you rush to meet your office deadlines. Plus apples and bananas.

Smaller $49 customers will see apples, Suki mandarins, Kiwi fruit and bananas. Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in your body. But few people fully appreciate this miraculous mineral. The human genome project reveals that 3,751 human proteins have binding sites for magnesium.[i] And so far we know this one essential mineral activates over 350 biochemical processes in the body to keep things flowing.

Here are just four good reasons to get more magnesium today.

1. Prevent Migraines. According to University of Vermont Professor of Neurology and migraine expert Robert Shapiro, M.D., Ph.D., every year nearly one in five Americans experience some form of migraine attack. One in 25 will have headaches lasting at least 15 days per month. These disabling attacks include severe one-sided, throbbing headaches, and sensitivity to light and sound. They may also involve nasal congestion, cloudy thinking, and nausea. In one study of 133 migraine patients, supplementing with 500 mg of magnesium oxide for just 12 weeks significantly improved the frequency and severity of migraines.[ii] And a double blind, placebo controlled study from Kaiser Permanente showed that supplementing with magnesium significantly cut the number of days children suffered with a migraine.[iii] 2. Lower Heart Disease Mortality. A study in the journal Atherosclerosis found that people with low magnesium levels were more than twice as likely to die of heart disease. They were also more than seven times as likely to die from all causes.[iv] 3. Manage Diabetes. Magnesium deficiency is common among type 2 diabetics, especially those with neuropathy or coronary disease.[v] A Harvard study found that diabetics taking 320 mg of magnesium for up to 16 weeks significantly improved their fasting blood sugar levels as well as their HDL (good) cholesterol.[vi] 4. Relieve Symptoms of Fibromyalgia. A double blind, placebo controlled study from the University of Texas showed that magnesium malate improves pain and tenderness in fibromyalgia patients.

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