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The Best Plant Based Foods That Are Rich In Magnesium


Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body and it is present in a variety of plant-based foods. The magnesium found in foods like leafy greens, legumes, or nuts and seeds is better for you than the magnesium found in cereal or fortified foods. That magnesium is often processed, which ultimately lowers the benefits and health properties of the mineral.


Consuming magnesium-rich foods is beneficial because the body needs it for many of its functions. Magnesium helps to build strong bones, strengthen the immune system, combat stress hormones, and help maintain a steady heart rhythm. A magnesium deficiency can lead to an increased risk of anxiety, osteoporosis, or muscle spasms, among other conditions.


To help you get a healthy dose of magnesium every day, we have compiled a list of great magnesium-rich foods.



This is probably the most common leafy green that gets mentioned when people talk about magnesium. A single cup of spinach contains almost half of the recommended daily amount (RDA). Additionally, the other nutrients in spinach work to help your body absorb magnesium more efficiently.



If you need a healthy snack to give you energy, almonds should be your go-to. One ounce of almonds contains 80 mg of magnesium, which is roughly 20% of the RDA for adults. It is best to consume raw almonds to get the most benefits.


Pumpkin Seeds:

Containing 184 mg of magnesium per ¼ cup, raw pumpkin seeds need to be in your life if you need to boost magnesium levels. If you are stressed and craving something crunchy, eat some pumpkin seeds. They will fill you up and combat stress hormones at the same time.



This may surprise you, but quinoa is a great source of magnesium. One cup of cooked quinoa contains 118 mg of magnesium. It is best to season your quinoa well because it has a bland taste when it isn’t seasoned.



Avocados are great sources of different vitamins and minerals. They contain potassium, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin C, beta-carotene, and magnesium, of course. An medium avocado contains about 15% of the RDA of magnesium. Consuming avocados should just become routine because they are beneficial for the heart and brain.


Other Notable Mentions:

  • Bananas
  • Brazil nuts
  • Pine nuts
  • Cashews
  • Sesame seeds
  • Black beans
  • Kale
  • Raisins
  • Brown rice
  • Peanuts







Related Questions

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    Q: I usually take a few supplements a day.... vitamin E, flax, vitamin c, and calcium/magnesium. I am wondering if they are still necessary to take while on a raw food diet and the anti viral cleanse?


    NO, you don't need to take anything additionally while on the Anti-Viral kit and regimen.

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    Q: I read one of your comments on Epsom salt with magnesium sulfate. You stated that it would not be good to use. Why?


    It's a chemical! Man-made!

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    Q: Is MAGNESIUM STERATE used in 90% of supplements, a CARCINOGEN or CAUSES CANCER ?


    Not really a carcinogen. Just a toxin and animal byproduct!

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    Q: Thanks for the great web site! MY question is what's the best way to get sodium. I thought un-refined sea salt was the best, but the salt article says "eat this salt only if you must." The great thing about pure sea salt is that it all or almost all the minerals the body needs! So what's the best way to get all the mineral and to stay in balance? Also is there a way to get Epsom salt that is sodium sulfate not magnesium sulfate? Is it a good idea to bath in the "good" Epsom salt.


    You're welcome, Beloved!

    The best way to get sodium is via vegetables (i.e. celery).

    Sea salt is great source of sodium, but its a secondary source as it has to be processed from ocean water. Absent the process, it would not be available.

    But it does provide minute amounts of trace elements.

    In re Epsom salt, I haven't been able to find the sodium one.

    I stopped using Epsom salt many years ago.

    You could bath in the good Epsom salt, but sea salt is far better and more natural.

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    Q: I ordered the MULTI-VITAMINS AND MINERALS FORMULA, and I can't wait to receive them!!! However, I want a supplement that is "complete". (I guess that's what I mean) So I am asking should I order supplements like vitamin c, zinc, or magnesium to compliment the multi vitamins, or is that enough to cover all areas?


    The more the merrier! Order the additional products for more 'completion.'

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    Q: I am trying to find an all-organic multi-vitamin to replace the vitamin I?m currently taking. Does your multi-vitamins and minerals include Vitamins A, all B's, D, E, K, folic acid, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, and potassium? Should any of your other formulas be taking along with it?


    Our Multi-Vitamins and Minerals includes all the nutrients you named below. You may take this formula with other Dherbs formulas.

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    Q: I am on my 3rd day of the fully body cleansing. I am definitely doing this to lose weight. I am a 52 year old, black, Christian, wife, mother to 21 and 14 year old girls, legal secretary who is 450 lbs. I am to the point now where if I don't do this I'm going to be housebound. I can barely move some days that is why I started this because I feel so unhealthy. I have a question about the nuts. I got all gun-ho and ordered $135.00 worth of organic nuts from nuts.com. I got raisins, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, walnuts, pecans, pistachios and cashews and mixed them all up together (well I purchased 2 lbs of each but I only mixed up 1 lb of each together). Anyway, I was reading about how much calories are in nuts. Should I not pay attention to that because I was consuming a lot of calories in the first place or do I have to watch how many nuts I eat? I have put some nuts in a sandwich bags and basically filled it up and that is supposed to be my nuts ration for the day. I am also eating fruits and vegetables. So far the fruit have been grapes, grapefruit, red apples, pears, green apples and bananas. The vegetables have all been in a salad: tomatoes, celery spinach leaves, carrots, mixed in balsamic vinaigrette. I only ate the salad Monday night all the other times I have just eaten the fruit and nuts. I am also consuming approximately 75-100 oz of water. Sorry I’m long winded I just wanted you to get the entire picture.


    Thanks for the question, I can definitely help you.


    I am currently writing an eBook for www.dherbs.com called "Losing weight the healthy way." I have been a weight loss counselor for many years. I am also a health coach, personal trainer, bodymind nutritionist, and a vegan lifestyle coach. 


    When it comes to weight loss most programs want you to lose weight to get healthy. My mindset is to get healthy and lose weight. 


    In my health/fitness/nutrition coaching program www.theveganeffect.com I use a lowfat/high carb/ high raw/ nutrient dense/ high alkaline diet to achieve long term weight loss success. So far I am 100 percent in getting clients long lasting weight loss. If you are interested in my program please fill out the health history form on the side of the web page. We could have a free 1 hour initial consultation over skype to see how I can best help you.


    Nuts are best kept to a minimum if you use them at all. Nuts are extremely high in fat and have the opposite omega 3- omega 6 ratio that is optimal for health. Seeds are best as far as ratios are concerned. Also nuts are truly easy to over eat and cause your nutrient ratios to be off.


    A healthy vegan diet is a high raw fruitarian diet. 


    Breakfast: green smoothie. (500-1000 calories of fruits blended with a handful of greens and water)

    Bridge: Dates and strawberries (500 calories) 

    Lunch: Salad with low sugar fruits (cucumber, tomato, squash, bell peppers) topped with fruit, beans, psuedo grains, 

    Bridge: 2-3 apples

    Dinner: Raw wraps (collard greens) with low sugar fruit and tahini

    Snack: Sorbet


    Hope this helps

    Gary Gibson HHC CPT BMI VLC

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    Q: I am 22 weeks pregnant and in the hospital on bed rest with Preeclampsia. Today I was told that the protein in my urine was up to 9 grams from 2.1 and my platelet count has dropped from 180 to 130. The doctors want to start discussing delivery, which for me would mean the lost of a 4th child. I have been on a regimen vitamin c, primrose oil, hawthorn berries, calcium, omega fish oil, magnesium and potassium and that seemed to work for about 4 weeks. Now things have just gone bad. Is there a hope for saving my child, as things have gotten crucial?


    2nd RESPONSE: The following products are toxic to you: Vitamin C Calcium Fish Oil Magnesium Potassium Toxic products can cause pre-eclampsia! Make sure you read our article â€ECLAMPSIAâ€. Start getting your products from Dherbs because we are all natural (herbal-based) and you can trust our integrity.

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    Q: You mention in an article that your vitamins/minerals are phosphate (organic). I am confused. Phosphate is inorganic. Are you referring to organophosphates? Please explain why I should buy your magnesium phosphate or Vitamin C phosphate, they are inorganic?


    Phosphate is ORGANIC! Oxide is INORGANIC!

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    Q: Hi D, I began the FULL BODY DETOX this AM - Sun.13th. In the past I have experienced high blood pressure (BP) in about the 130/88-95 range. I have personally chosen not to take prescription meds for this but instead to lower it naturally. I have been taking Ultimate Omega, CoQ-10 (100mg), Magnesium, Super Calcium (1200mg)and Kyolic (6x day). I thought to monitor my BP while on this cleanse. I took my first reading @ 6:50 (164/95) pulse 66. Took second reading @ 9:45 (175/101) p- 66. By taking the herbs will this cause my BP to rise? what might be the cause of this and what recommondations might you be able to share with me. Also, I have not been taking my above pills while cleansing - not sure if I was to or stick strictly to the cleanse.


    Your BP is self-regulating itself so numbers will fluctuate. Don't panic or worry! Trust in your body's natural healing process! With healing it's Ordo Ab Chao: order (stability) out of chaos! And by all means strictly stick to the cleanse! You''ll be fine!

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    Q: I'm in dire need of your help. My legs ache nightly. I'm tired of taking Motrin because I know that stuff is so bad for my liver. I've tried everything. I take extra magnesium and extra B-6 and nothing seems to help. The only relief I get is taking very hot baths and that seems to relax them a bit. I'd so appreciate any help you can give me.


    Detox your body (FULL BODY DETOX). Drink the HEADACHES TEA (1-2 cups) daily. Perform the Sea Salt Soak (see our article â€SEA SALT SOAK†by the same title).

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    Q: Dasani water, if I remember correctly, was banned from the U.K. It contains salt as well as potassium chloride. Essentia contains calcium chloride, as well as sodium bicarbonate, magnesium sulfate, dipotassium phosphate. Are all the ingredients in Essentia safe? One would have do an independent test on the water. Dasani is crap and I no longer drink Essentia but it would be my brand of choice of bottled water if I was to purchase water again.


    Personally I have an alkaline-antioxidant water machine (Neptune brand) that produces alkaline, antioxidant, oxygenate, mineralized water that is made in Asia.

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    Q: I would like to know, when taking several of your products as part of everyday good health regimen, is it still necessary to take each supplement 2 hours apart? I am currently taking, energy, metabolism, alkaline, magnesium and joint. Thank you

    A: Yes, you want to allow your body time to absorb each of the supplements. It's best to allow 1-2 hours in between taking each formula.

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    Q: I am taking more than 20-30 herbal supplements a day and am wondering if it's okay to mix or take all of them at the same time. Here's an example of some I am taking: Burdock, Yellow Dock, Sarsaparilla, Kelp, Licorice Root, Oregon Grape Root, Red Clover, Zinc, Copper, Selenium, Calcium, Magnesium, 50 Chlorella tablets 200mg, 10 500mg Spirulina capsules elderberry, echinacea, goldenseal, vitamin e, gotu kola, american ginseng guarana, dong quai, guggulipid, red yeast rice, hoodia, dandelion, cod liver oil, neptune krill oil, acai, psyllium husks, apple pectin, oat bran chromium picolinate, wormwood, damiana, st johns wort, 5-htp and pycnogenol not to mention others. They are mostly in gelatin capsules. I am concerned that too much gelatin is bad for me too!


    You are overloading your body! Spread those supplements out throughout your day. Take 6 of them at a time every 3 hours or so. This is best for your body!

    For example:
    7 a.m.
    Yellow Dock
    Licorice Root
    Oregon Grape Root
    10 a.m.
    Red Clover

    1 p.m.
    50 Chlorella tablets 200mg
    10 500mg Spirulina capsules
    vitamin e

    4 p.m.
    gotu kola
    american ginseng
    dong quai
    red yeast rice

    7 p.m.
    cod liver oil
    neptune krill oil
    psyllium husks
    Before bedtime
    apple pectin
    oat bran
    chromium picolinate
    st johns wort

    We do not reccomend Gelatin capsules. Gelatin capsules are hard to digest in the body, which is why we offer vegetarian capsules.

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    Q: Started Dherbs 20day detox four days ago, experiencing discomfort (numbness) in the back of legs and thighs when sitting or lying down. Will this go away or do I need to take magnesium or something else?

    A: Experiencing numbness while cleansing is not a detox symptom. If you're currently taking medication or experiencing health issues like diabetes or high blood pressure, it could be contributing to the numbness. Numbness is commonly related to poor circulation in the body. Your body might be telling you that it needs more activity. We suggest engaging in light cardio and consuming foods within the diet that helps with circulation in addition to foods that have a high source of magnesium. Please feel free to give us a call at 866 434 3727 if you still need assistance or if the issue progresses. Raw foods that are high in magnesium include all dark leafy greens like kale, spinach and Swiss chard, sesame seeds, Brazil Nuts, avocado, bananas, cashews, almonds and more. Foods that help circulation include cayenne pepper, oranges, sunflower seeds, ginger, garlic, Goji Berries, Watermelon and avocados.

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    Q: For the last 2 weeks, I've been eating only raw foods. My daily intake mainly consist of snow beans, green beans (string beans), kale, carrots, a small amount butter and crackers, bananas, apples, pears, lettuce, tomatoes, dates, spinach and filtered water. My question is: Am I getting the required nutrients and how would I know if I were not and specifically, how would I know what nutrient was missing. I also take the MALE HORMONAL FORMULA and JACKRABBIT FORMULA (regardless of whether I intend to engage in sexual activity).



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    Q: Thank you for always answering my questions. I have about two more. Okay, I'm currently living overseas where I'm limited on raw fresh foods (vegetables and fruits). I want to do the detox but I'm concerned that I won't have everything as far as raw food to be successful. I have access to basics (apples, oranges, bananas, tomatoes, avocados, melons, lettuce, cabbage, bean spouts, carrots, celery, peppers, green beans, peas, bagged nuts,) but nothing exotic by any means. Then I was told to safely eat some of the food in the local economy that we should wash it with a 5% bleach solution (is that safe...and if on the detox I'm thinking that would be a no go). Two questions?Given the mentioned availability of raw foods could I be able to successfully complete the detox (I don't have an issue with eating the same things over and over again) and two what can I do to clean local produce so that its safe for consumption? Apparently part of the issue is that they use human feces to fertilize. Thank you for your time and I look forward to your response


    Yes, it seems you have enough raw food available to you to complete the cleanse.

    In order to clean local produce, rinse thoroughly with apple cider vinegar to "disinfect" it. If apple cider vinegar is unavailable, just use water.

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    Q: Do the supplements that go along with the Full Body Cleanse serve as an apetite curver being that only raw foods such as; fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds can be consumed during this process?


    Great question. The key to successfully The Full Body Cleanse, is to not starve yourself. We want you to consume fresh fruits, and vegetables until you are content. Many people forget that the elephant, which is one of the biggest mammals on land is in fact a vegetarian. You can still eat veggies, fruits, nuts, seeds, and be content. I have provided you with a link to the recipes section on our site. Please click the link, and then look at the section entitled, "Raw Recipes." Under that section you will find a bunch of recipes that you can use while cleansing.

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    Q: I have come across several sites that list quinoa as being in the fruit family but this is very confusing to me since it appears to be a grain. My husband uses it as rice and cereal substitute and I am just wondering if it is mucus forming.



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    Q: What foods can I juice to get the proper daily amount of minerals, vitamins? I dont want to take supplements. Feel free to direct me to a link or website etc. Thank you for your time! Peace!


    You can juice fruits and vegetables for nutrition, Beloved. Jucie fruits and vegetables separately though! They all provide nutrition. Fruits and vegetables are the best