Monday, January 26, 2009

De-stress with Magnesium!

You may not realize it just yet, but as the semester gets into full swing your schedule and workload are probably picking up a lot of speed. To help, try to add a little magnesium to your weekly food intake. Known as the anti-stress mineral, magnesium fights depression, boosts energy, helps burn fat, maintains good cholesterol levels, aids digestion, and keeps teeth strong and healthy.

A cup of almonds has nearly 100% of your daily value of magnesium (source). Photo by Diane Dao.

Where can you find magnesium? Eat nuts, seeds, sunflower seeds, soybeans, seaweed (kelp), and molasses. Also try black beans (one cup contains about 120 milligrams) and cooked spinach (an awesome 157 mg a cup!). 310-410 mg of magnesium a day is the running recommendation for young adults.

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