The Foods That Contain The Ultimate Healing Mineral by Dr. Asa Andrew

Cynthia from Arizona Writes:

I am dealing with a lot of muscle cramps and general female issues associated with menopause. My doctor can’t find anything wrong except a low magnesium reading on my lab work. Could this be part of it?

Dear Cynthia,

Magnesium plays a huge role in our everyday health. I really think it underestimated in how important it is in all that we evaluate in healthcare. It is important to nearly every cell and function within our body.  It can cut your risk for a heart attack, lowers inflammation, builds the immune system, and can even reduce diabetes by up to 33%. I am a big fan of getting magnesium into our diet each day using whole foods as much as possible. Here are some of my top picks for foods that contain magnesium and can support the body to thrive.

1.Nuts and Seeds
Just a handful of nuts each day can give you a great supply of magnesium. Some of the top sources are sunflower seeds, cashews, Brazil nuts, and pumpkin seeds. You can go old school with a spoonful of cashew butter of sunflower butter.

Probably one of the world’s top super foods. In addition to being an all around disease fighter, avocados are loaded with magnesium. Add to a meal or salad each day to get a great amount of magnesium into your diet. 

The wonder fish. Eat more than three times per week to get all the nutrients for you need like omega -3 fatty acids and a ton of magnesium.

4.Swiss Chard
One of the least eaten vegetables, yet contains the highest amounts of magnesium. Add some swiss chard to a leafy salad or blend into your favorite green smoothie. Tons of magnesium with minimal calories for your health.

5.Green Bananas
Loaded with great nutrients like pre-biotics, the green banana has almost 31 mg of magnesium depending on the size. You can eat on the go by itself, or add to a smoothie. Green bananas are loaded with fiber too, which increases the slow release of nutrients into the system and increases digestion.

6.Dark Chocolate
Woo hoo! Yes, I said chocolate! Loaded with magnesium you can add about 2 squares of 80% or greater to boost your overall magnesium for the day. Also this can help lower blood pressure and improve overall heart health.

7.Goat Milk Yogurt
Although thought of for the calcium content, goat milk is loaded with magnesium that can support calcium absorption and affect many of the body’s processes. Adding a 6oz cup before bed has been shown to increase sleep and calm the nervous system and improve your lifestyle



Known as America’s Health Coach, Dr. Asa Andrew is a national best-selling author of Empowering Your Health and host of the #1 Health Talk Radio Show in North America. In addition to his hit television series, he is a regular contributor to NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, and FOX and regarded as a healthcare leader in the field of lifestyle medicine.