Magnesium is a mineral which is found in 300 different enzymes in your body and is responsible for a great many important things. Things such as energy, bones and teeth, the heart muscle, bowel function, and the regulation of blood sugar levels requires magnesium. Research is now indicating that most Americans (75-80%) are deficient in magnesium.
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Unlike Vitamin D, it is possible to get magnesium from foods! Good sources of magnesium come from seaweed veggies, nuts (other than peanuts), collard greens, dates, brown rice, avocado, shrimp, beans and epsom salts utilized in baths. When we sweat, use alcohol in excess, eat salt, drink coffee, use antibiotics or high blood pressure medicines we decrease the amount of magnesium in our bodies.
The minimum your body needs is 300 mg each day but many of us fall short due to our lack of whole foods. Most people could benefit from 400-1000mg each day and should be taken with other minerals such as a multivitamin.