Foods High in Magnesium

Foods high in magnesium can be found everywhere. In fact, as long as you watch your diet, there's really no need to take magnesium supplements. Natural sources of magnesium can be found in such a wide variety of foods that supplements are almost trivial.

If you're looking for a high dose of magnesium, remember to eat whole and/or raw food. Magnesium can be found in large amounts in whole foods as compared to in processed foods. Refinement or processing of the food item often dramatically reduces the amount of magnesium present.

Fish
Many fish have high magnesium content, but halibut is the champion by far. Tuna also has a decent amount of the mineral to offer.

Leafy Greens
Leafy green vegetables, such as spinach, beet greens or kale, have naturally high doses of magnesium. Though they offer the highest doses when eaten raw, the greens still have magnesium benefits if cooked.

Beans
Many beans include high doses of magnesium. Some of the best sources are black beans, white beans, navy beans, lima beans, kidney beans, pinto beans, soybeans and peas.

Vegetables
There are several vegetables that are high in magnesium. Some of the highest doses can be found in artichokes, okra, parsnips, pumpkin, potatoes, sweet potatoes and squash.

Grains
Whole grains are a fantastic source of magnesium. Buckwheat and oat bran offer the highest doses. However, barley, cornmeal and wheat flour offer a fair share of magnesium as well.

Nuts and Seeds
Nuts and seeds are food sources chocked full of magnesium. Pumpkin seeds and almonds offer the largest dose of the mineral. Cashews, pine nuts and Brazil nuts also offer their fair share.

Fruit
If you're looking to get some magnesium from the fruit in your diet, try concentrating on eating bananas and dried figs. You can also drink some prune juice. 

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