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Why is Magnesium an Essential Mineral? Plus 10 Magnesium-Rich Foods to Add to Your Diet.

What is magnesium? Magnesium is an essential mineral for our health and has gained traction as the trendy mineral for relaxation and sleep. Believe it or not magnesium also has properties that make it responsible for over 400 equations in our body. Magnesium regulates muscle and nerve function, blood sugar levels and blood pressure, energy production, bone mineralization, brain function, and even has mood-boosting properties to help with anxiety.

Adding in magnesium rich-foods to your diet, will give you more nutritional bang for your buck. These foods are not only filled with these essential minerals, but also phytonutrients and antioxidants which have immune boosting and anti-inflammatory properties. Find a list of magnesium rich foods below.

Add these 10 magnesium-rich foods to your diet:

  1. Dried Figs - 68 mg per ounce

  2. Dark chocolate - 65 milligrams per ounce

  3. Almonds - 77 milligrams per ounce

  4. Bananas - 32 milligrams per fruit

  5. Pumpkin seeds - 74 mg per ounce

  6. Spinach - 150 mg per cup

  7. Avocado- 42 mg per cup

  8. Edamame- 102 mg per cup

  9. Swiss Chard- 30 mg per cup

  10. Potatoes- 39 mg per veggie

And in case you are wondering how much magnesium you should take daily…find the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) dosage of magnesium below:

  • Women: 310–320 milligrams daily

  • Men: 400–420 milligrams per day.

Overall, magnesium has many health benefits including improving sleep, relieving muscle aches, improving bowel function, calming nerves, supporting the heart, improving bone health, and mood boosting to help fight anxiety/depression. So, don’t forget to take a bite of that dark chocolate tonight before bed. :)



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