We KNEW we weren't just being greedy
We’re all prone to craving a bar of chocolate or 10 every now and then, right? Especially when our period sets in and we can’t seem to get enough of the sweet stuff – which is why we were overjoyed to learn a chocolate bar that can cure period cramps had been invented.
On average us Brits eat around three bars of chocolate per week, but did you know that craving chocolate could actually be a sign you’re suffering from a mineral deficiency? Yep, if you find yourself constantly dreaming about dairy milk or fantasising after a flake then you may be suffering from a magnesium deficiency.
‘Cravings for specific foods could be an indication of a deficiency in a micro or macro nutrient. In particular, a craving for chocolate could highlight a magnesium deficiency,’ explains nutritionist Emily Whitehead.
‘Magnesium is an essential mineral and is required for over 200 enzyme reactions in the body. So, trying eating a good quality dark chocolate (preferably organic and above 70% cocoa) which is a rich source of magnesium,’ she advises. You can also buy magnesium supplements, such as BetterYou MagnesiumOilSpray or MagnesiumFlakes.
Not only does magnesium help build bones, but it’s also vital for ensuring your nerves and muscles work properly and it’s essential for heart health. A magnesium deficiency could impact your ability to function properly, and symptoms often include migraines, anxiety, insomnia, a struggle to concentrate and extreme fatigue.
So next time you find yourself reaching for a bar of chocolate maybe ask yourself if you could be suffering from a magnesium deficiency.