My wonder nutrient – Magnesium

Yes, you are seeing right, that is a picture of chocolate up there at the top of this article. A Nutritional Therapist recommending chocolate – have you gone crazy and ended up in heaven? No, I really am saying that chocolate, dark chocolate, is a great source of one of my absolute favourite nutrients, MAGNESIUM. I would go as far to say that magnesium is one of my regular saviour supplements. It has transformed my sleep, restless legs, exercise related aches & pains, asthma, general tension, stress and low mood. Yes, really, it has, and I’ve tried LOTS of supplements and therapies since qualifying as a practitioner over a decade ago. I’ve used it with numerous clients too and they have reported similar beneficial effects. Many continue to take magnesium as a daily ‘go to’ support along side a healthy diet & exercise.

Magnesium is an essential nutrient that is used in over 600 processes in the body and by every single cell (there are trillions that make up our beautiful beings) too. That’s a big demand for magnesium. Our soils, farming practicies and, therefore, food are becoming more and more depleted of this wonder nutrient, and our lifestyle choices (sugar, caffeine, alcohol & processed food) add to the reduction of availability of magnesium in our bodies. It’s no wonder that this is one supplement that can really show great benefits when taken regularly (n.b. always check with a practitioner (me) or your doctor about taking any supplements if you are on medication or have a health condition).Stress can use up our magnesium store quickly too, and with a global epidemic of fear and anxiety at the moment, I think that this nutrient is being used up much quicker than normal on a massive scale.Along side dark chocolate, some of your store cupboard treasures that are high in magnesium include:

  • Kale, spinach, greens
  • Almonds
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Avocadoes
  • Brazil nuts
  • Cashews
  • Mung beans
  • Peas
  • Black beans
  • Flax seed
  • Buckwheat
  • Quinoa
  • Bananas

You may notice, if you saw my post about zinc rich foods that there are some common foods that provide both zinc and magnesium. By having a portion of one of these every day you are doubling your nutrient boosting munching (well you are actually super charging your nutrition as they also contain a plethora of other nutrients and antioxidants). If you’d like to know more or would like to book an online consultation please do get in touch –

Caroline Westoll
078767 57339

Published by Caroline Westoll

I'm a Nutrition & Wellbeing Practitioner. Learning Permaculture ways & generating an edible garden in Sussex, UK

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