3 Magnesium-Rich Foods for Lower Blood Sugar
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3 Magnesium-Rich Foods for Lower Blood Sugar

Rates of diabetes are skyrocketing, and more and more people are searching for tips on how to prevent diabetes. For starters, you could lower your risk significantly just by eating more of these magnesium-rich foods: spinach, almonds, and black beans.

In a study of middle-aged people, those whose diets had the most magnesium were 36% less likely to develop type 2 diabetes compared with the people who got the least amount of this mineral.

Get More Magnesium
The people at the high-intake end of the study got about 300 milligrams (mg) of magnesium each day. But for optimal RealAge benefits, you should probably aim even higher. Michael Roizen, MD, and Mehmet Oz, MD, recommend that people get 400 mg to 500 mg a day. And you've got lots of easy and delicious magnesium-rich foods to get you there. Enjoy half a cup of spinach, three-quarters of a cup of black beans, or an ounce of almonds for an extra 75–80 mg of magnesium. Other great food sources include halibut, bran cereal, baked potatoes, brown rice, and bananas. (Check out all the other health benefits of magnesium.)

The Magic Mineral & How to Prevent Diabetes
Magnesium is essential for healthy blood sugar because it helps your body use carbs for energy. Your body turns carbs into blood sugar, but when magnesium stores are low, your cells can't take up and use blood sugar properly -- a condition also known as insulin resistance. So help keep your energy system running smoothly by eating more magnesium-rich foods. Try these savory, magnesium-rich recipes to get you started:

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