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Home > The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center > Patient Information > Patient Education > Nutrition
Adding Magnesium to Your Diet
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What is magnesium?
Magnesium is a mineral important for the function of muscles, enzymes and production of energy and protein. A diet containing whole grains, legumes, meat, milk, fruits and vegetables should provide enough magnesium. However, your need for magnesium may increase due to certain medications, chemotherapy, diarrhea and vomiting.
What foods are good sources of magnesium?
Please pick foods from the following list if you are told your magnesium is low.
Cold: Life, Total, All Bran, Fruit and Fibre, Bran Buds, Bran Chex, Raisin Bran, 40% Bran Flakes, Cracklin Bran, Carnation Instant Breakfast Bars
Hot: Cream of Wheat, Wheatena, oatmeal
Bread: whole grains (oats, barley, wheat, buckwheat)
Flour: wheat germ, wheat bran, peanut, soybean, whole wheat, rye
Winter and summer squash
Leaf greens-beet, turnip, kale, swiss chard, collard, spinach
Beans-green, baked, navy, lima, mung, wax
Broccoli, brussel sprouts, peas, chick peas, lentils, avocado, okra
black bean soup and cream soups-celery, tomato, cheese, mushroom, chicken, clam chowder, split pea
Carnation Instant Breakfast, buttermilk, milk, eggnog, yogurt, ice cream, chocolate milk, milkshakes
Bananas, apples, cherries, cantaloupe, blackberries, grapes, pumpkin, raspberries, strawberries, Dried-figs, prunes, apples, dates, apricots
Cheese, beef, veal, chicken, turkey, pork, fish and seafood
Almonds, cashews, brazil nuts, peanuts and peanut butter, macadamia, pecans, walnuts, seeds- sunflower, sesame, Cumin, celery, poppy
chocolate, cocoa powder, instant coffee, blackstrap molasses, brown sugar, yeast, spices dill, sage, basil, dried mustard, savory, tarragon, marjoram
For more information, please contact Oncology Nutrition Service at 410-955-8152.