My son has autism and he needs lots of magnesium. Which foods or juice have the best content?

Magnesium is a very important mineral in our body and is involved with many vital chemical reactions such as: keeping muscles and nerves functioning properly, keeping the bones strong, and supporting a healthy immune system. Magnesium can be found in a variety of foods. For example, whole wheat (unrefined) products are high in magnesium because much of the magnesium is lost during processing and refining. So, make sure you are stocking up on products that are whole grain and not processed. Spinach is another great source of magnesium in addition to legumes (beans and peas). Depending on how old your son is, you could offer almonds as a snack. Almonds contain around 80 milligrams of magnesium. Or, your son may enjoy a homemade smoothie! You could whip up a “high magnesium” treat and use a variety of ingredients like yogurt, chocolate milk, peanut butter…you could even slip in some wheat germ for another high magnesium punch. Add a few different fruits and you are in business. Breakfast foods are another great way for your son to get some magnesium. He might like raisin bran or shredded wheat in the morning or you could serve him some warm oatmeal. All of these items are rich in magnesium. Finally, end the day by serving up some homemade bean soup! Start with a chicken stock and combine kidney beans, lentils, pinto beans and brown rice in a large stock pot. Add a variety of herbs and spices and you have one hearty, magnesium rich meal!

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