Magnesium is among the nutrients needed by the body in a large quantity. It could be obtained from foods like spinach, banana, and cocoa. This essential nutrient helps in food metabolism, protein formation, fatty acid synthesis, and many hundreds of other reactions in the body. For these numerous functions, a minimum of 100 mg of magnesium must be consumed in a day. The important thing is to consume enough, even if it is in excess the body can store up to 25 mg of the macronutrient in the muscles, bones, and bodily fluids. However, other substances that we consume like sugar and caffeine can lead to depletion of the stored magnesium.

Magnesium occurs naturally in the soil. Plants tap it and animals consume it from plants. Unfortunately, various human activities have led to a depletion of magnesium in the soil. Hence the magnesium available to plants has reduced drastically, this invariable reduced the amount of magnesium consumed by many people.

Recent research shows that more than half of the population of the United States and the majority of the people in Europe are not consuming enough magnesium as needed by the body. This may lead to the symptoms of magnesium deficiency.

Magnesium is needed for the absorption of calcium. Hence, magnesium deficiency will also lead to calcium deficiency. Other effects of magnesium deficiency include fatigue, weakness, migraine, hormone problem, and poor memory. Magnesium deficiency can also cause chronic conditions like anxiety, depression, heart problems, diabetes, high blood pressure, and difficulty with respiration.


What are the benefits of consuming magnesium-rich food?


If you eat foods rich in magnesium or take magnesium supplements, the following are among the major health benefits you will get.

  • Improved Memory

Research conducted on mice indicated that magnesium can improve general memory as well as the ability to learn. When a chosen set of mice was given extra magnesium, they all showed improvement in long term memory and working memory. They also learn faster. Experts believe that magnesium helps to improve the functioning of the tissues in the brain.

  • Better Functioning of the Heart

Magnesium deficiency affects the functioning of the circulatory system including the heart, the blood, and the blood vessels function. Therefore, a good intake of magnesium can make the heart function properly and aid the body’s circulation.

  • Regulation of Blood Sugar

Blood sugar is regulated by a hormone called insulin, but magnesium regulates the production of insulin and the prevention of insulin resistance. Magnesium also promotes proper blood pressure. Hence a regular intake of enough magnesium will prevent high blood pressure.

  • Prevention of Anxiety

When the level of magnesium in the body is low, it changes the bacteria in the digestive tract. This has been found to contribute to anxiety. Taking enough magnesium will prevent this effect and hence reduce the risk of anxiety.

  • Prevention of Depression

A research was conducted in which random people that are suffering from depression were given 450 mg of magnesium. Most of the participants showed improved mood and as much as would be observed if they were given an antidepressant.  This shows that magnesium can improve mood and prevents depression. It also helps in the proper functioning of the brain.

  • Relieve of Premenstrual Symptoms

PMS like headache, migraine, breast tenderness and mood swing can be relieved with adequate intake of magnesium. Intake of magnesium will also improve fluid retention and manage sugar craving.

  • Prevention of Migraine

Taking enough magnesium will prevent frequent migraines. If the magnesium in the brain is lowered than normal, it may lead to frequent migraines but taking a daily magnesium supplement may reduce the migraine frequency by as much as over 40 percent.

How Can You Increase Your Magnesium Intake?


There are two ways to increase the intake of magnesium. One way is to take a magnesium supplement and the other way is to eat foods and fruits that are rich in magnesium. Below are common foods that are very rich in magnesium.

  • Banana

An average banana contains about 32 mg of magnesium, which makes it the richest fruit in magnesium. Eating a few medium-sized bananas a day may be enough to supply all the needed magnesium for the body. Apart from being rich in magnesium, bananas also contain fiber, vitamin B6, vitamin C, and manganese.

  • Spinach

You must have heard about the health benefits of spinach. A cup of spinach after being cooked contains 760 mg of magnesium, which makes it the richest leafy vegetable in magnesium. Apart from magnesium, this vegetable is also rich in vitamin E and B as well as in protein.

  • Almond

Among all nuts, almonds are the richest in magnesium. An ounce of the nut contains about 76 mg of magnesium. But apart from being rich in magnesium, almond also supplies the body with protein and vitamin E. almond is best eaten raw rather than roasted.

  • Coffee

The richest source of magnesium among liquid substances is coffee. It is also richer than all foods in his essential mineral. One cup of coffee may contain as much as 1000 mg of magnesium. Hence, drinking coffee means taking in a huge quantity of magnesium. However, it is important to note that sugar and milk that are usually added to coffee may reduce magnesium absorption. Therefore, for the best absorption of magnesium, it would be fine to drink our coffee black. You can also use a natural sweetener like honey instead of sugar.

  • Dark Chocolate and Cocoa

Cocoa is rich in magnesium so all cocoa products will supply the body with this essential nutrient. Eating a small cube of chocolate will certainly add to the magnesium in your body. If you don’t want to eat chocolate you can take a teaspoon of cocoa powder to benefit from the richness of this nut.

  • Seeds

Seeds are rich in many minerals including magnesium. Among the best seeds to consume for magnesium are sesame, flax seeds, sunflower, and pumpkin. Seeds are also rich in proteins and many other minerals.


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