A new study has found that eating dark chocolate could be the key to getting a good night’s sleep. Rich in magnesium – an essential mineral that keeps body clocks running on time – dark chocolate could help the body stay adapted to the rhythms of night and day, ensuring a better-quality sleep, say scientists.
Magnesium is found in many foods including green leafy vegetables, nuts, seeds, fish, beans, whole grains, avocados, yoghurt, bananas and dried fruit. The nutrient has been found to be vital to almost every function and tissue in the body, ranging from supporting a healthy immune system and preventing certain cancers to cutting the risk of a heart attack.
Researchers at Edinburgh and Cambridge Universities have recently found that magnesium also helps control how cells keep their own form of time to cope with the natural environmental cycle of day and night, researchers at Edinburgh and Cambridge Universities found.
Their research has shown that magnesium could be linked to whole body clocks which influence daily cycles – or circadian rhythms – of sleeping and waking, hormone release, body temperature, and other vital bodily functions in people.
Many people don’t understand the importance of magnesium and tend to lack it in their diets. While magnesium supplements are available over the counter and can be taken orally, most experts say it’s preferable to get magnesium naturally from your diet. Foods that are rich in magnesium include nuts, seeds, beans, green leafy vegetables, fish, whole grains, avocados, yoghurt, bananas and dried fruit.