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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:
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.
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.
Exceptionally nutritious and a great source of magnesium and other nutrients. Half a fillet of salmon provides 13% of the RDI for magnesium.
A very good source of many
nutrients, including magnesium. 180-gram serving of cooked spinach provides an impressive 39% of the RDI.
A 170-gram serving of black beans contains 30% of the RDI.
Cashews, almonds and Brazil nuts are high in magnesium. A single serving of cashews provides 20% of the RDI.
Most seeds are rich in magnesium. A 28-gram serving of pumpkin seeds contains an astounding 37% of the RDI.
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.