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Marvellous magnesium

Marvellous magnesium

If someone asked you which foods are high in magnesium, you’d probably be able to answer dark leafy green vegetables and bananas. Nuts, seeds, fish, beans, whole grains, avocados, yogurt, dried fruit and dark chocolate are other excellent sources. But do you know why a diet rich in magnesium is so important? If not, let us explain!

Sound sleep

The Sleep Council has renamed September Sleeptember, and is drumming home the importance of getting a good night’s kip. From performing better the next day, to brighter looking skin, a well-rested body always works better. For those struggling with sleep and morning lethargy, try upping your magnesium intake. Studies have shown that more magnesium can increase sleep time and efficiency. Try adding Epsom salts to your evening bath too, and your body will absorb the magnesium through the skin.

Banish depression and anxiety

As well as helping you nod off, it’s also been found that magnesium can be a powerful tool in fighting depression and anxiety. This is because the mineral has a calming effect on the body, and nourishes the nervous system. Some have evened dubbed it the chill pill!

Say goodbye to period pain

The only thing worse than debilitating period cramps is knowing they’ll be back next month. So get on top of menstrual pains with magnesium. The University of Maryland Medical Center recommends taking 360 milligrams daily for the three days leading up to your period to help ease the dreaded symptoms. Many women also rub magnesium oil mixed with moisturiser on to their stomachs to help cramps.

As well as the usual foods mentioned above, herbs are another rich source of magnesium. Teas like chamomile, dandelion, peppermint and sage will boost your intake, as will parsley, nettles and dandelion.

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