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Brown rice isn’t just packed with complex carbs. It’s a top source of magnesium, too. That’s good news since research from the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service finds that low magnesium levels can hinder your body’s energy metabolism. If you work out, it’s even more important as a diet low in magnesium can zap the quality of your workout, causing you to tire more easily. Just 1 cup of cooked brown rice delivers more than a quarter of the magnesium women require in a day and a fifth the amount that men need.