Magnesium is a mineral needed by every cell of your body. About half of your body’s magnesium stores are found inside the cells of body tissues and organs, and the other half are combined with calcium and phosphorus in bone. Because of this, magnesium is important for bone health.

Magnesium is also important for the cardiovascular system. Studies have shown that magnesium intake is inversely related to the risk of stroke in men. Because magnesium aids in carbohydrate metabolism, a deficiency has been found to contribute to metabolic syndrome and diabetes.

Magnesium - Found in:

Brazil nuts, Avocados, Wheat Germ, Almonds, Pumpkin Seeds, Cashews, Spinach, Oats, Potatoes, Peanuts, Lentils, Nuts,
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Kelley Herring, founder of Healing Gourmet, is a natural nutrition enthusiast with a background in biochemistry. Her passion is educating on how foods promote health and protect against disease and creating simple and delicious recipes for vibrant health and enjoyment.

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