Magnesium is important for many processes in the body, including regulating muscle and nerve function, blood sugar levels, and blood pressure and making protein, bone, and DNA. Magnesium helps keep blood pressure normal, bones strong, and the heart rhythm steady.
Plant: Legumes, nuts, seeds, whole grains, and green leafy vegetables (such as spinach), fortified breakfast cereals, and other fortified foods.
Animal: Milk, yogurt, and some other milk products
NOTE: Whole food source of magnesium is best. Magnesium can be lost during refinement and processing.
« Adults who consume less than the recommended amount of magnesium are more likely to have elevated inflammation markers. Inflammation, in turn, has been associated with major health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and certain cancers. Also, low magnesium appears to be a risk factor for osteoporosis.