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Feeling anxious? Magnesium, the happy mineral, may be able to help

By Sue Bedford (MSc Nutritional Therapist)

Magnesium is a mineral (actually the fourth most abundant mineral in our body) and is also one of the most useful as it has numerous roles in the body

It not only aids in heart health and diabetes prevention, but also calms the nervous system, helping to lift mood thus reducing anxiety and depressionhence it is often known as the happy mineral! Magnesium is important in bone health too as it is needed to regulate calcium in the body.

Magnesium is important for a good nights sleep. Low levels of magnesium can interfere with your sleep pattern. A lack of sleep can lead to low mood, which in turn can lead to feeling anxious.

Why not try to enjoy some magnesium rich food each day?

Some magnesium rich foods to include in your diet are spinach, avocados, almonds, bananas, dark chocolate, lentils and kale.

Click here for a delicious magnesium rich salad

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