Load Up on Magnesium to Lower Blood Sugar

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Hi, I'm Dr. Miller here with a delicious way to manage your blood sugar if you have diabetes. Load up on foods rich in magnesium that includes spinach, almonds, and black beans. 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 use blood sugar properly, a condition also known as insulin resistance. Magnesium also helps protect you from common diabetes complications such as high blood pressure and heart disease.

Aim for at least 300 milligram of magnesium each day. An ounce of almonds has 89 milligrams of magnesium, and a half cup of spinach has 78. Other great food sources include bran cereal, soybeans, brown rice, and oatmeal. I'm Dr. Miller. For more ways to nourish your health, check out all our smart tips.