Q: I suffer from migraines. My doctor has told me to take magnesium supplements, but they are causing gastrointestinal issues. Is there a way to get magnesium from food sources?
A: Magnesium works along with calcium to help regulate the body’s nerve and muscle tone, which is why it may be helpful in managing migraine pain.
Some of the richest sources of magnesium include swiss chard, spinach, summer squash, pumpkin seeds, broccoli, basil, cucumbers, flax seeds, green beans, celery, sunflower seeds, quinoa, salmon, beats, tomatoes and crimini mushrooms. That’s quite a list to choose from!
Keep in mind that magnesium is water-soluble, so blanching, steaming or boiling can result in substantial loss. For example, one third of the magnesium is lost after blanching.
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