Foods High in Magnesium

For your body to function, magnesium is essential. This marvelous element helps your body produce energy and keeps control of blood sugars and aids in hundreds of chemical reactions inside your body that keep you alive.  Many of the vital organs such as your heart, kidneys and your muscles depend on magnesium as well as your teeth and bones.

Your body needs magnesium as much as it does fresh air, but where do you find magnesium? Of course, there are many supplements but there are equally as many amazing foods that are great sources of this marvelous mineral.

Which foods are high in magnesium?  Here are 7 common foods that are high in Magnesium.

While avocados are high in potassium, vitamins B and K they are also high in magnesium. These fruits are also well-known for their many health benefits that improve cholesterol levels and make you feel fuller after a meal. A typical medium avocado can provide as much as 15% of the RDI for magnesium.

Protein rich nuts are a popular health food that many people enjoy. Almonds, cashews and brazil nuts are the kings of magnesium with a small handful of cashews, for example, providing up to 20% if the RDI for magnesium. Nuts are also excellent for controlling blood sugar levels and are superb for people with diabetes. Nuts are a great on-the-go source of magnesium.

Beans and Peas
Legumes such as peas and beans are extremely nutritious, and many are very high in magnesium. A simple cup, two or three spoonful’s on a plate, of black beans can provide up to 30% of the RDI for magnesium. Beans and Peas have amazing health benefits and are an easy way to improve your magnesium intake with almost any meal.

Perhaps one of the all-time health foods and snacks, seeds, especially pumpkin seeds can contain up to 37%, more than a third, of the RDI for Magnesium.

For vegans and strict vegetarians tofu is part of the staple diet. High in protein, calcium and iron, Tofu also has good levels of magnesium. A small 100 gram serving of tofu has about 13% of the RDI for magnesium in it.

One of the favourites and best-known foods for its high mineral content, bananas are high in potassium and contain significant amounts of magnesium. One good sized banana has just short of 10% the RDI for magnesium packed inside it.  Kids love bananas and without knowing it they are eating one of the most nutrient filled foods that really helps their health.

Dark Chocolate
And of course, there has to be one food that seems out of place when it comes to healthy foods. Dark chocolate, an indulgence for many is delectably filled with magnesium. In fact, just 28 grams of this decadent treat contains 16% of the RDI for magnesium. Its the cacao in the chocolate that has the magnesium, so make sure you stick with the 80% dark chocolate.

Other notable magnesium-rich foods include:

  • Kale
  • Chard
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Brazil Nuts
  • Figs
  • Flax seeds
  • Almonds
  • Wild Salmon
  • Black Beans
  • Kidney Beans

One must also be aware that when we cook our food, the chemical structure changes, and more often than not there is a decrease in vitamins and minerals. For example, when kale and spinach are boiled for 2 minutes, there is a reduction in magnesium of around 25%.

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Ron Goedeke MD, BSc Hons MBChB, FNZCAM

Dr Ron Goedeke, specialises in alternative and functional medicine. He is a foundation member of the New Zealand college of Appearance medicine and has been a member of the American Academy of Anti-aging medicine since 1999. With over 20 years of experience in the anti-aging field, Dr Ron Goedeke is recognized as one of New Zealand’s leaders in this new and growing field of medicine.

Disclaimer: The information provided is for educational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or qualified healthcare provider with any questions or concerns about your health. Never disregard or delay seeking medical advice because of something you have heard or read on this website.

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