The secret in sunflower seeds that may increase your life span

Magnesium is the Rodney Dangerfield of minerals. One that doesn’t get the respect it deserves. Yet it’s critical for bones, nerves, the immune system, energy metabolism. And it’s known to relax muscles, even regulate blood pressure.

In fact, according to a recent Japanese study, magnesium may even reduce risk of death.

Researchers gathered data on 58,615 Asian adults, all between 40 and 79 years old. They specifically analyzed diet, magnesium intake, and death rates over a 14.7-year period.

But those who had highest intakes of magnesium-rich foods had a nearly 50 percent reduced risk of death.

This may be one of the simplest ways to increase your life span. Because it’s surprisingly easy to get more magnesium in your diet. Good food sources include:

  • spinach and Swiss chard
  • salmon, halibut
  • quinoa, millet, and buckwheat
  • pumpkin, sesame, and sunflower seeds
  • raw almonds and cashews
  • beans (black, navy, pinto, kidney, and lima)

“Associations of dietary magnesium intake with mortality from cardiovascular disease: The JACC study,” Atherosclerosis 2012; 221(2): 587-595