Magnesium is an essential mineral required by the body for muscle and nerve function, maintaining heart rhythm, building strong bones (2) and energy production. The secretion and action of insulin also require magnesium.
A deficiency in magnesium can lead to numbness, muscle cramps, seizures, abnormal heart rhythms, and coronary spasms. (2)
Conversely, consuming too much magnesium typically causes diarrhea and nausea as the body attempts to excrete the excess. (2)
High magnesium foods include dark leafy greens, seeds, beans, fish, whole grains, nuts, dark chocolate, yogurt, avocados, bananas and more. The current daily value (DV) for magnesium is 420mg. (2)
Below is a list of high magnesium foods, for more, see the extended lists of magnesium rich foods, magnesium fruits, and magnesium vegetables.