5 Surprising Ways Magnesium Benefits You

By, Dee A. Rowe

More About the 5 Ways that Magnesium Benefits You

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Magnesium Benefits Your Bones

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Magnesium Benefits Your Heart

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Magnesium Regulates Blood Sugar

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Magnesium Benefits Energy Levels

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How to Find Out if You’re Getting Enough Magnesium in Your Diet

What Are Good Sources of Magnesium

Pumpkin seeds, roasted, 1 ounce, 156 mg., 37% daily value. Sprinkle them on salads or your morning oatmeal.

Chia seed pudding pic by Lacic, Getty Images
Chia seed pudding pic by Lacic, Getty Images

Almonds, dry roasted, 1 ounce, 80 mg., 19% daily value. Add to trail mix, salads, and baked goods. You can also top frozen yogurt or ice cream with them.

Spinach lasagna pic by Ivinst, Getty Images

Cashews, dry roasted, 1 ounce, 74 mg., 18% daily value. Munch on a handful, add to trail mix, or sprinkle on top of a yogurt parfait.

Pic of peanuts by Couleur, Pixabay

Cereal, shredded wheat, 2 large biscuits (or equal mini-wheats), 61 mg., 15% daily value. Do you need instructions on how to eat this?

Soymilk photo by Marcin Jucha

Black beans, cooked, ½ cup, 60 mg., 14% daily value. Add to enchiladas, tacos, burritos, or a taco salad.

Excellent edamame pic by yasuhiroamano, Getty Images

Peanut butter, smooth, 2 tablespoons, 49 mg., 12% daily value. Have an old-fashioned P.B.&J., add to a shake or smoothie, or if you’re like my husband, eat it with vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup.

Baked potato pic by ruvanboshoff, Getty Images

Rice, brown, cooked, ½ cup, 42 mg., 10% daily value. Use as a base for toppings to create a burrito bowl, an Asian-inspired rice bowl, or a poke bowl.

Yogurt topped with fruit by mamadela, Getty Images

Breakfast cereals, fortified, 1 serving, 42 mg., 10% daily value. This is your excuse to be a kid again and eat a big ole’ bowl of cereal with the milk of your choice.

Pumpkin seeds, Nodar Chernishev, Getty Images

Chia seeds, 1 ounce, 111 mg., 26% daily value. Add to overnight oats, make chia-seed pudding, or mix with fruit, yogurt, and milk of your choice for a delicious, creamy smoothie.

Almonds photographed by Ivan Negru

Spinach, boiled, ½ cup, 78 mg. 19% daily value. My favorite way to eat boiled spinach is in a veggie lasagna.

Cashew photo by alexeys, Getty Images

Peanuts, oil roasted, ¼ cup, 63 mg., 15% daily value. Another great one for trail mix, munching on as is, or as a topping for ice cream or frozen yogurt.

Shredded wheat pic by Kevin Brine, Getty Images

Soymilk, plain or vanilla, 1 cup, 61 mg., 15% daily value. Personally, I am not a big fan of soymilk, but it’s a decent source of magnesium. Use it for anything you would use milk for like coffee, cereal, or smoothies.

lenazap (Getty Images) took this pic of a black bean bowl

Edamame, shelled, cooked, ½ cup, 50 mg., 12% daily value. Add to pasta, or salad, or serve as an appetizer or snack.

Spreading peanut butter by Karolina Grabowska, Pexels

Potato, baked with skin, 3.5 ounces, 43 mg., 10% daily value. You know how to eat a baked potato, right?

Brown rice and quinoa salad by LoriPatterson, Getty Images

Yogurt, plain, low fat, 8 ounces, 42 mg., 10% daily value. Top with fruit and nuts or granola for a parfait or mix it into a smoothie.

Breakfast cereal, JMichl, Getty Images

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