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Magnesium For Stress

Stress levels are at an all time high due to the uncertainty we face on a daily basis from the pandemic.There isn't a magic bullet to take our stress away but there are things we can do to take the edge off.

Magnesium helps to increase the production of the neurotransmitter GABA (Gamma Aminobutyric Acid). Neurotransmitters function as chemical messengers. GABA is considered an inhibitory neurotransmitter because it blocks, or inhibits, certain brain signals and decreases activity in your nervous system. When GABA attaches to a protein in your brain known as a GABA receptor, it produces a calming effect. This can help with feelings of anxiety, stress, and fear.


FOODS HIGH IN MAGNESIUM:


AVOCADO

A medium avocado provides 15% of the RDI for magnesium. Avocados fight inflammation, improve cholesterol levels, increase fullness and are packed with several other nutrients.


DARK CHOCOLATE

A 28-gram serving of dark chocolate provides 16% of the RDI for magnesium. It’s also beneficial for gut and heart

health and loaded with antioxidants.


FATTY FISH

Exceptionally nutritious and a great source of magnesium and other nutrients. Half a fillet of salmon provides 13% of the RDI for magnesium.


LEAFY GREENS

A very good source of many

nutrients, including magnesium. 180-gram serving of cooked spinach provides an impressive 39% of the RDI.


LEGUMES

A 170-gram serving of black beans contains 30% of the RDI.


NUTS

Cashews, almonds and Brazil nuts are high in magnesium. A single serving of cashews provides 20% of the RDI.


SEEDS

Most seeds are rich in magnesium. A 28-gram serving of pumpkin seeds contains an astounding 37% of the RDI.


WHOLE GRAINS

These include wheat, oats and barley, as well as pseudocereals like buckwheat and quinoa. Whole grains are high in many nutrients. A 28-gram serving of dry buckwheat provides 16% of the RDI for magnesium.

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