Magnesium works together with two other minerals to improve overall health as well as skin health. It aids in the absorption of calcium, especially when paired with the trace mineral boron. The chia seed has all 3 of these minerals in one tiny package. Magnesium is essential for enzymes that repair skin cell DNA and for regulating the proper amount of fatty acids to help build healthy cell walls. It also may reduce histamine-driven skin allergies.
You can supplement with magnesium pills, but a healthy menu can easily include magnesium-rich foods so your body can naturally absorb this beneficial mineral. Dark leafy greens are #1 for magnesium, but Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, sesame seeds, and lentils are also good sources. Brazil nuts may not be that common, but sunflower seeds can add a great crunch to salads, lentils are great in soups & stews, and tahini (sesame seed paste) is an interesting ingredient to spice up recipes.