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"Apricots Save the Day"

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Another post from March 2005 Better Homes & Gardens magazine, page 232.

"Better Homes and Gardens reader Edith V. Williamson of Lehigh Acres, Florida, wrote to tell us about her secret food for preventing cramps: apricots. She says she used to wake up at night suffering from severe leg and foot cramps, but after eating sun-dried apricots every few days, the cramps didn't come back.

"Apricots are rich in magnesium, which along with sodium, potassium, and calcium are vital electrolytes that keep your muscles working correctly and prevent cramping.

"The water she drank while snacking also gets cramp-busting credit, says Ed Ryan, director of sports medicine for the U.S. Olympic Committee. Without enough fluids, muscles can contract and seize, creating painful cramps. When properly hydrated, muscles contract only as much as needed.

"To ensure you're properly hydrated, on your next bathroom break, check to see if your urine is clear to straw-color. The darker the color, the more dehydrated you are and more likely your muscles will be to cramp. -Doug Donaldson"
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    emoticon good info
    1244 days ago
    I have a package of dries apricots, I'll try them. Need to finish it off anyway. Thanks.
    1245 days ago
    I wasn't sure that the clipping meant that apricots supply ALL the minerals I tried to check. Don't know if this will work. Potassium is by far the largest amount present in apricots. Calcium, Magnesium and sodium are all present in lesser amounts.

    unts Per Selected Serving %DV
    Calcium 71.5 mg 7%
    Iron 3.5 mg 19%
    Magnesium 41.6 mg 10%
    Phosphorus 92.3 mg 9%
    Potassium 1511 mg 43%
    Sodium 13.0 mg 1%
    Zinc 0.5 mg 3%
    Copper 0.4 mg 22%
    Manganese 0.3 mg 15%

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    1245 days ago
    Excellent. Magnesium, calcium and potassium can be hard to get enough of if the diet isn't super healthy. Great idea about apricots.
    1245 days ago
  • JACKIE542
    I never eat our Apricots, and we have a tree, just loaded with them, after reading your blog, I will start eating them. emoticon
    1245 days ago
    Never thought of magnesium - thx for sharing.
    1245 days ago
  • EWL978
    I LOVE apricots.... wonder if cooking them decreases their value....I'll have to check it out!!

    Thanx for the info....keep on keeping on!!
    1245 days ago
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