Good Sources of Magnesium

Dr. Oz says that magnesium may be the most overlooked mineral. It may not get the street cred of calcium or potassium, but it is just as important to human health. In fact, magnesium is responsible for over 300 different chemical reactions in the body!

Health Benefits of Magnesium Include:

  • Prompts relaxation
  • Alleviates constipation
  • Helps prevent diabetes
  • Helps the body maintain energy
  • Protects the heart and blood vessels
  • Works with calcium to promote bone health
  • Naturally thins the blood like aspirin to help prevent heart attacks and strokes

Good Sources of Magnesium:

You can find abundant magnesium in the following foods:
  • Spinach – and other leafy greens
  • Beans - especially soy
  • Fish – especially halibut
  • Whole grains - especially bran and brown rice
  • Nuts  - especially almonds and brazil nuts
  • Seeds - especially flaxseed, sesame, squash, pumpkin and sunflower
  • Dry cocoa powder - and also dark chocolate
  • Avocados
  • Low-fat dairy – especially yogurt and skim milk
  • Bananas
  • Dried figs
  • Peanut butter
  • Espresso and coffee
Best of all, studies show that taking a magnesium supplement can help boost brainpower. Magnesium promotes synaptic plasticity in the brain, which means that it’s easier to learn and remember. Researchers believe an increased dose of magnesium can help prevent some forms of age-related memory decline and improve cognitive functioning across the board.