How do I maintain my magnesium levels?
In order to maintain proper levels of magnesium, taking a supplement may not be the best idea. The body needs a steady supply of magnesium throughout the day. Most supplements will not contain more than 100 mg of magnesium because of bulk. However, because magnesium is so plentiful, a diet rich in magnesium is the best way to keep your stores up, and it’s easy to maintain.
Because the body consistently uses up its stores of magnesium, eating a magnesium-rich diet throughout the day – instead of taking it all at once – will also keep the body’s magnesium stores elevated. Research has also suggested that B vitamins (especially vitamin B6) promote the absorption of magnesium in the gut.
What foods can I eat to get my daily dose of magnesium?
Eat at least 5 servings of any of these magnesium-rich foods throughout the day:
- ½ cup of boiled spinach
- ½ cup of quinoa
- 1 cup of brown rice
- 1 cup of kidney beans
- 1 cup of lentils
- 1 cup of raisin bran
- 1 cup of shredded wheat
- 1 cup of oatmeal
- 2 slices of whole wheat bread
- 2 bananas
Click through Dr. Oz’s Magnesium Grocery List for more magnesium-packed foods!