Functional Foods:

Magnesium

Magnesium is an essential micronutrient for women’s health. From PCOS to PMS, from pregnancy to menopause, magnesium is a factor in prevention and treatment. Aside from supplementation, foods like spinach, pumpkin seeds, yogurt, and avocado are natural pathways for a more magnesium-rich body.

Boost Your Mood

Magnesium is a potent depression and anxiety fighter. Some studies even indicate that this micronutrient could be as effective as taking an antidepressant. In addition, other mood-boosting foods like fermented foods combined with magnesium could ease the depression and anxiety from which women are statistically more likely to suffer.

Improve Metabolic Health

Want to balance your blood sugar levels naturally and lower the inflammation that drives metabolic problems? Reach for magnesium. Eating magnesium-rich foods may even help prevent Type 2 diabetes.

Ease PMS

If you suffer from Premenstrual syndrome (PMS), you know how disruptive the water retention, mood swings, sore breasts, fatigue, and irritability can be. However, multiple studies show that magnesium can reduce the severity of these symptoms, making a difficult time of the month that much more bearable.

Sleep Better

Research has shown that magnesium could be a boon to insomnia sufferers, especially when paired with zinc and melatonin. Supplements or magnesium-rich foods can increase the amount of time they sleep and decrease the amount of time it takes to fall asleep.

Protect Brain Health

Certain neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s have been linked to magnesium deficiencies. That’s because it’s an electrolyte that protects brain cells, preventing them from dying from excessive excitation—as such, taking in more magnesium is a low-risk way of protecting your brain health.

1 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2352364621000079 2 https://draxe.com/nutrition/magnesium-rich-foods/