Smoking and stroke
Are your grandparents looking a little worn around the edges? Maybe you see them filling up on junk food or puffing away on cigarettes too often?
If so, they could be setting themselves up for a medical catastrophe known as Stroke. Holy smokes! That could be serious. Is there anything you can do to help?
Magnesium to the rescue!
If you’ve struck out asking them to quit smoking (a very hard thing to do… but oh so healthy), maybe you can get them to stock up on foods that are high in the superhero Magnesium (Mg).
Magnesium, a mineral found in some foods, has just been proven to fight off the scary Mr. Stroke.
The most common kind of stroke happens when the blood thickens enough to form a clot, which blocks a blood vessel in the brain. Researchers at the Swedish Karolinska Institute found that the risk of older folks suffering this kind of problem was reduced by 9% for each 100 milligrams of magnesium they eat each day.
Researchers think it may be because magnesium helps lower blood pressure.
Here are some foods that have mega-loads of Magnesium. Put a few of them on the menu every day.
- Green leafy vegetables, like spinach, kale, collard greens, and broccoli.
- Nuts and seeds. Pumpkin and sesame seeds, peanuts, almonds and cashews are good choices.
- Whole grains, like brown rice, oat bran cereal, and whole grain breads.
- Beans. Black beans are a particularly good source, with 120 mg of Magnesium in one cup.
- Fish. Scallops, halibut, and oysters are all good sources of Magnesium. Choose sustainably raised fish when possible.
Vinny’s readers will already have learned about most of these healthy foods. Click on the links above to find out more.
Try the recipe below for a dinner packed full of tasty Magnesium. You won’t be sorry! It’s awesomely delicious.
Isla says: “The outside and the insides of black beans are yummy!”
Only a four-year-old would think to dissect a black bean, which she went on to eat daintily, one by one, off the end of her fork.
Try this magnesium smorgasbord, to battle the bullies that bring on a visit from Mr. Stroke
Scallops with black bean sauce
- 1 pound scallops
- 1 teaspoon soy sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon stevia sugar (or ordinary sugar or honey)
- Pinch of pepper
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon Balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon cooked or canned black beans, mashed (or black bean paste)
- 1 clove garlic, smashed
- 1 fresh green chili, finely chopped (optional, especially if serving kids)
- 1 teaspoon finely chopped ginger root
- 2 green onions, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 bell pepper, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
- 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
- Rinse scallops in cool water. Drain and pat dry. If scallops are large, cut in half (across the middle, to make each piece skinnier).
- Marinate scallops with soy sauce, stevia, pepper, cornstarch, salt, and balsamic vinegar for 30 minutes.
Prepare black bean paste
- Rinse black beans
- Add garlic, chilies, and ginger root
- Mix well and mash with a spoon.
Put it all together
- Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a 10-inch skillet.
- Add three-quarters of the black bean paste, and stir fry for 1 minute.
- Add onions and bell peppers and stir fry for about 5 minutes.
- Add marinated scallops and cook until scallops turn white, about 5 minutes.
- Add the rest of the black bean paste and cook for 1 minute.
- Sprinkle with sesame oil
- Serve with steamed rice mixed with more cooked black beans and a side of steamed broccoli.
Tasty, chalk full of magnesium, and oh so good for keeping Stroke at bay:).
- Here’s a tip of the hat to Cooks.com for the above recipe idea.
- More about magnesium in foods…
- High Magnesium foods slide show