- Decoctions of the leaves and fruits are applied to swellings and skin diseases.
- Durian fruit helps lower cholesterol.
- Durian is a strong blood cleanser.
- Durian contains high levels of the amino acid tryptophan, known to alleviate anxiety, depression, and insomnia, and create feelings of happiness, by raising levels of serotonin in the brain
- Durian contains high level of soft protein which makes it a good muscle builder.
- Durian has a reputation as a powerful aphrodisiac.
- Durian is recommended as a good source of raw fats.
- Vitamin A: 20-30 I.U.
- Ascorbic Acid: 23.9-25.0 mg
More Magnesium Please?
Approximately 65 percent of the body’s magnesium supply is contained in the bones and teeth, with the second highest concentration occurring in the muscles. The remaining magnesium supply is found in the blood and other body fluids. In addition to its ability to relax smooth and skeletal muscles, magnesium is an important nutrient for the heart, especially in preventing spasms of the coronary arteries, which can cause heart attacks. It is also needed for energy production, the maintenance and repair of cells, healthy cell division, proper nerve transmission, hormone regulation, and the metabolism of proteins and nucleic acids. Most importantly (for me) is that Magnesium is a known treatment for a variety of types of calcification of soft tissues. Mg levels have been found to be greatly reduced in calcified mitral valves.
Foods souces of magnesium are primarily plants rich in chlorophyll, particularly dark green vegetables. Nuts, seeds, legumes, tofu, wheat germ, milet, brown rice, apricot, and avocado are other good sources.
Deficiency symptoms include depression, fatigue, gastrointestinal disorders, high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, memory problems, mood swings, imapired motor skills, muscle spasm and nausea.
More information on “Gastrointestinal disorders”… Click here: In sumines levels (irritable bowel syndrome) and reduce the allergic reactions. Low stomach acid levels also reduce levels of beneficial intestinal bacteria which is needed for absorption of magnesium.
Too much Potassium?
This mineral helps our muscles and nerves to function properly. It also maintains the proper electrolyte and acid-base balance in our body. Potassium may also counteract the increased urinary calcium loss caused by the high-salt diets typical of Singaporeans, thus helping to prevent bones from thinning out at a fast rate. For this section, I have included information on both deficiency and elevated levels of potassium.
Potassium occurs naturally in a wide variety of foods. As a result, dietary deficiency of potassium is uncommon. However, if you experience excessive fluid loss, through vomiting, diarrhea or sweating, or if you take certain medications, you may be at risk for potassium deficiency. The symptoms of potassium deficiency include muscle weakness, confusion, irritability, fatigue, and heart disturbances. Athletes with low potassium stores may tire more easily during exercise, as potassium deficiency causes a decrease in glycogen (the fuel used minichat by exercising muscles) storage.
Elevated blood levels of potassium can be toxic, and may cause an irregular heartbeat or even heart attack. Under most circumstances, the body maintains blood levels of potassium within a tight range, so it is not usually possible to produce symptoms of toxicity through intake of potassium-containing foods and/or supplements.However, high intakes of potassium salts (potassium chloride and potassium bicarbonate) may cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and/or ulcers.
Hyperkalemia occurs when the level of potassium in the bloodstream is higher than normal. This may be related to an increase in total body potassium or the excess release of potassium from the cells into the bloodstream. The kidneys normally remove excess potassium from the body. Therefore, most cases of hyperkalemia are caused by disorders that reduce the kidneys’ ability to excrete potassium.