Most of us know that we need more magnesium, but I bet most don’t know why we need this amazing mineral. And unfortunately many of us don’t come close to receiving the daily requirement, because magnesium is typically found in whole, plant-based foods.

So let’s review some of the top benefits and how to add more magnesium to your diet. This mineral deserves major recognition!

Magnesium has been found to provide the following benefits:

  • Assists with bodily functions and metabolism
  • Strengthens bones and the overall functioning of muscles and nerves
  • Can improve energy levels and insulin sensitivity
  • Reportedly reduces the risk of developing metabolic syndrome and helps fight diabetes
  • Aids sleep and reduces bloating
  • Minimizes headaches and migraines
  • Can alleviate symptoms of depression

Add these foods to your diet to increase your magnesium intake:

  • Swiss chard and kale
  • Almond butter
  • Nuts and seeds (pumpkin seeds, almonds, pine nuts, cashews)
  • Wheat germ
  • Mung beans
  • Fish
  • Avocado
  • Dark chocolate
  • Bananas

Extra Credit

If you think your diet is coming up short in magnesium, you can turn to supplementation to help make up any shortfall. You can try taking about 200 milligrams daily; magnesium chloride and magnesium glycinate have good absorption rates.

One other potential means to improve your magnesium status is through Epsom salt baths. Epsom salt is magnesium sulfate that can be absorbed into your body as you enjoy a relaxing soak.

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