Growing up, I loved to read the Sunday comic strips.
Peanuts, Dennis the Menace, and Archie were all a fun read.
But, one of my absolutely favorite cartoon characters was Popeye.
With bulging forearms and the strength to beat Brutus to a pulp, Popeye was masculinity personified.
As you probably know, the source of Popeye’s strength was spinach.
The creators of Popeye picked spinach because it was thought to be a key source of vitamins and iron.
The sheer visibility of spinach in Popeye’s cartoons set consumption in the U.S. soaring.
In fact, Popeye helped increase spinach consumption by a third when the comic strip first came out.
The creators really hit a homerun by partnering Popeye with spinach.
As it turns out, spinach was the perfect food for their super strong character.
Because while it’s true that spinach is rich in iron and vitamin A, it’s also one of the best dietary sources of a nutrient absolutely critical to men’s health… testosterone levels, in particular.
I’m talking about magnesium.
Multiple studies have found that testosterone levels are directly linked to the amount of magnesium in the body.
In one study out of Italy, researchers found that levels of magnesium in the body were positively associated with total testosterone in elderly men.
The findings of another study suggested that magnesium plays an essential role in testosterone production.
Simply put, without adequate levels of magnesium, testosterone levels will plummet.
And you know what that means… bone-deep fatigue, stubborn weight gain, and trouble performing in the bedroom.
If you’re a man concerned about T-levels, you want to be sure you’re getting enough magnesium each day.
The RDA of magnesium is 420 mg for men and 320 mg for women, but most adults are not hitting that mark.
In fact, according to one survey, 80% of older adults are not getting enough magnesium each day.
And that’s a problem for your T-levels, and so much more.
Because your body also needs magnesium to create energy, support blood sugar levels, build strong bones, and keep your heart strong.
Magnesium is responsible for over 300 processes in the human body.
And just through those normal body functions, your magnesium stores are depleted each day.
That means magnesium levels must be replenished daily.
If we were all Popeye, that wouldn’t be a problem given the amount of spinach he consumed.
But Popeye’s spinach of 50 years ago isn’t the spinach of today.
Due to a host of reasons like changes in farming practices and use of pesticides, our fresh produce today is growing in soil that contains less nutrients, and as a result, are lacking critical vitamins and minerals… like magnesium.
When you don’t get enough magnesium, you can often feel it.
Muscle cramps, headaches, trouble sleeping, fatigue, brain fog, heart “flutters,” numbness in the hands and poor mood are all common symptoms.
To make sure I get enough magnesium each day… and keep my T-levels high, I fill my diet with magnesium-rich food like dark green vegetables (spinach, broccoli, kale) and seeds (pumpkin, sunflower).
And to fill any gaps, I supplement with magnesium each day.
A deficiency in magnesium is one nutrient deficiency you can really feel… and one of the easiest to correct.
Fill your diet with nutrient-rich food and supplement with magnesium each day and you’ll get your levels soaring.
Editor, Patriot Health Alliance
P.S. Don’t let this focus on T-levels lead you to believe that magnesium isn’t important for women too. It most definitely is – for the same heart health, blood sugar support and kidney health as men, but for reasons unique to women.
Magnesium can help ease pre-menstrual symptoms, and is particularly helpful with bloating and sleep issues that can occur. And it’s great support for strong bones, especially when combined with weight-bearing exercise.
In fact, this single mineral is used in over 600 different ways in your cells. Sadly though, 7 in 10 adults are deficient. If you’re over 60, that number goes up to 8 in 10.
Simply put, magnesium is one of the most important nutrients there is. Whether you’re an aspiring Popeye, or Olive Oyl.
But there’s a way to boost your levels of magnesium to support your brain, your heart, and so much more…