What foods are usually recommended to increase magnesium level in your blood ?

I am currently undergoing chemo & radiation for cancer & natural herbal drugs are not recommended for me.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    What foods provide magnesium?

    Green vegetables such as spinach are good sources of magnesium because the center of the chlorophyll molecule (which gives green vegetables their color) contains magnesium. Some legumes (beans and peas), nuts and seeds, and whole, unrefined grains are also good sources of magnesium [5]. Refined grains are generally low in magnesium [4-5]. When white flour is refined and processed, the magnesium-rich germ and bran are removed. Bread made from whole grain wheat flour provides more magnesium than bread made from white refined flour. Tap water can be a source of magnesium, but the amount varies according to the water supply. Water that naturally contains more minerals is described as "hard". "Hard" water contains more magnesium than "soft" water.

    Eating a wide variety of legumes, nuts, whole grains, and vegetables will help you meet your daily dietary need for magnesium. Selected food sources of magnesium are listed in Table 1.

    Table 1: Selected food sources of magnesium [5]FOOD Milligrams (mg) %DV*

    Halibut, cooked, 3 ounces 90 20

    Almonds, dry roasted, 1 ounce 80 20

    Cashews, dry roasted, 1 ounce 75 20

    Soybeans, mature, cooked, ½ cup 75 20

    Spinach, frozen, cooked, ½ cup 75 20

    Nuts, mixed, dry roasted, 1 ounce 65 15

    Cereal, shredded wheat, 2 rectangular biscuits 55 15

    Oatmeal, instant, fortified, prepared w/ water, 1 cup 55 15

    Potato, baked w/ skin, 1 medium 50 15

    Peanuts, dry roasted, 1 ounce 50 15

    Peanut butter, smooth, 2 Tablespoons 50 15

    Wheat Bran, crude, 2 Tablespoons 45 10

    Blackeyed Peas, cooked, ½ cup 45 10

    Yogurt, plain, skim milk, 8 fluid ounces 45 10

    Bran Flakes, ¾ cup 40 10

    Vegetarian Baked Beans, ½ cup 40 10

    Rice, brown, long-grained, cooked, ½ cup 40 10

    Lentils, mature seeds, cooked, ½ cup 35 8

    Avocado, California, ½ cup pureed 35 8

    Kidney Beans, canned, ½ cup 35 8

    Pinto Beans, cooked, ½ cup 35 8

    Wheat Germ, crude, 2 Tablespoons 35 8

    Chocolate milk, 1 cup 33 8

    Banana, raw, 1 medium 30 8

    Milk Chocolate candy bar, 1.5 ounce bar 28 8

    Milk, reduced fat (2%) or fat free, 1 cup 27 8

    Bread, whole wheat, commercially prepared, 1 slice 25 6

    Raisins, seedless, ¼ cup packed 25 6

    Whole Milk, 1 cup 24 6

    Chocolate Pudding, 4 ounce ready-to-eat portion 24 6

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Hi there! first of all - don't worry, second of all - i've gone through chemoteraphy as well and i had problems with magnesium and potassium levels too. So, the best thing would be to eat a lot of tomatoes, because they are among the few plants that have the highest magnesium concentration. And most importantly - consult your doctor/s because, trust me, they are the ones who know the best. Good luck!

    Source(s): my doctors
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