1: Yes you eat the spinach and seeds in addition
to your normal diet.
2: I don't recommend fresh spinach because
its harder do digest and its harder on your
colon. Also spinach contains
oxalic acid which inhibits magnesium absorption
but the cooking and canning process eliminates
enough of the oxalic acid in it to not be a problem
for magnesium absorption.
3: If your using canned or cooked
spinach it doesn't matter but you should eat anywhere from 3/4 to 1 1/2 cups of spinach a day, these measurements are after the spinach is cooked because fresh spinach shrinks a lot after cooking and also if using canned spinach the measurements are after the liquids have been drained. And eat 4 to 7 handfuls of sunflower seeds a day or 2 to 4 tablespoons of sunbutter a day, or even more if you can of the seeds or sunbutter. The more the better but you should see results with the amounts that I mentioned.
4: from my experience and experimentation with diet magnesium and beta carotene in these foods plays the largest part in making it work, found this out by substituting other foods with mag and beta carotene
and having the same results but many foods that contain high amounts of magnesium are similarly high to each other in other vitamins and minerals so there could be other vitamins and minerals that play a roll also. Stick with spinach and sunflower seeds for your primary source of beta carotene and magnesium because it has been shown in this forum that those two foods work for many and then later if the diet helps you you may want to experiment with other foods high in beta carotene and magnesium and see if they work for you also. Most all nuts and seeds are high in magnesium so its not a bad idea every chance you get to add peanut butter, almonds, cashews, etc. to your diet in addition to the spinach and sunflower seeds to raise magnesium and other nutrients even quicker.
Post Edited (Cfromutah) : 2/6/2009 11:24:43 AM (GMT-7)