• Dr Peter Chew


I am 20 weeks pregnant. Recently, I had a terrible headache and the doctor told me that it was due to lack of magnesium in the blood. The headache disappeared after I took the magnesium tablets. Are there any food rich in magnesium that I can take?

Magnesium is a “mineral” that is required for the brain cell to function properly. It helps relieve migraine and headache. The following foods are rich in magnesium.

Dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach, Kai Lan and Chye Sim.

Nuts and Seeds: It is estimated that half a cup of pumpkin seeds will provide almost the daily requirement of magnesium. Almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, pine nuts, sunflower seeds and flaxseed are also rich in magnesium

Legumes such as soybeans( one cup of which will provides nearly all the necessary magnesium for the day), edamame, black beans, kidney beans, white beans, chickpeas, black-eyed peas, and lentils

Fruits: Avocado, bananas, strawberries, blackberries, grapefruit, and figs.

Dark Chocolate and low-fat yogurt

Fish such as Salmon and tuna

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