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Boost Your Bone Health With Magnesium

About half of all Americans don't get enough magnesium in their diets, and that's a shame, considering doing so maintains healthy bones and fights osteoporosis naturally, especially as patients age.

In a study of more than 2,000 seniors between ages 70-79, researchers found only 25 percent got enough magnesium. Another interesting number: A patient's body mineral density (BMD) jumps 2 percent for every 100 milligrams of magnesium he or she consumes daily.

Overall, white men and women got more magnesium in their diets than black women or men -- unfortunately thanks to taking supplements-- and had better BMD.

The best way to boost your dietary intake of magnesium: Buy and eat as many green leafy vegetables grown organically as you can.

Just a reminder, another way you can build better bone density is to maintain a healthy balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fats in your diet.

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Vol. 53, No. 11, November 2005: 1875

Yahoo News December 1, 2005

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