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Magnesium is essential for numerous body functions including bone health, calcium absorption, metabolism of food, synthesis of fatty acids and proteins, and nerve function. Magnesium deficiency is fairly common and some people do not even realize they lack the nutrient. In addition to eating the wrong foods, excessive alcohol consumption, certain prescription medications, high-sugar diets, over-use of acid inhibitors, and a leaky gut can all contribute to insufficient magnesium.

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1. Dark Chocolate

Chocolate is a great source of magnesium, offering about 226 mg of magnesium per 100 grams or one small chocolate bar. Dark chocolate also provides iron, antioxidants, manganese, copper, and prebiotic fiber, nutrients good for the gut and heart. Of course, eat dark chocolate only in moderation as it has a lot of sugar. Be sure to choose varieties with at least 70% cocoa -- otherwise, it's just candy.

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